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Locating a 5 1/4 inch floppy drive

Posted on 2007-11-26
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I need to locate a 5 ¼ inch floppy drive and cable.  We have several 5 ¼ inch floppy disks that have some business information for our company.  I really wanted to see if some company makes them with a USB connection.  Please do not laugh (smile).  I have searched the web to no avail.  Can someone help us?

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From a USB adapter, I wouldnt think so.

Think Ebay might be the best bet for a standard 3.5" drive...
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5.25" drive, pardon that last post.....

http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?from=R40&_trksid=m37&satitle=5.25+floppy+drive&category0=

Not used to typing that size anymore...
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There is a big gap in time between 5.25 drives and USB.  I highly doubt an external USB version would be available, even used.  This is certainly not the first time I have heard of somebody looking for this.

My understanding is that 3.5" USB unit do not use the same interface to USB as would be needed to make a 5.25" drive work.  So no easy mod to get one working using a 3.5" USB unit.

Your best bet to access old disks would be to have them converted to a useable format by a service.  Or buy a old drive internal drive and convert them yourself.

Here's an example of a company that provides conversion services,

http://www.computer-convert.com/pricing.htm

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