5.25" floppy disk controller

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5.25" floppy disk controller

Post by unumlapis » Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:55 pm

Well, got hold of a Dragon floppy drive and next thing was to be able to convert disk images to 5.25" which of course wasn't the easiest so started to look around whats available of usb based controllers and well there is actually hardware available!

KryoFlux, the renowned forensic floppy controller:
https://www.kryoflux.com/

Device Side Data's FC5025 USB 5.25" floppy controller:
http://www.deviceside.com/fc5025.html

Anyone here tried any of the above cards or has any other suggestions to share?

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Re: 5.25" floppy disk controller

Post by unumlapis » Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:04 pm

Found another card;

SuperCard Pro
https://www.cbmstuff.com/proddetail.php?prod=SCP

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Re: 5.25" floppy disk controller

Post by robcfg » Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:38 pm

If you want to write back disk images into floppy disks, you can use CoCoDisk (http://www.nitros9.org/FILES/CoCoDisk.zip) which uses Simon Owen's FDRawCMD driver on Windows (http://simonowen.com/fdrawcmd).

You may need to remove the vdk header from your files, though.

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Re: 5.25" floppy disk controller

Post by unumlapis » Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:25 am

How generic is the Dragon Floppy Drive in terms of being used with other disk controllers? Meaning would it be possible to connect the DFD to such interface and then use it to write back images to floppies?

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Re: 5.25" floppy disk controller

Post by sixxie » Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:31 am

unumlapis wrote:
Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:25 am
How generic is the Dragon Floppy Drive in terms of being used with other disk controllers? Meaning would it be possible to connect the DFD to such interface and then use it to write back images to floppies?
Quite - standard shugart interface.

What that does mean is that if you have an old PC around that can still drive floppies, you probably need to set the drive to be the second (drive 2, B:), as they never used the shugart interface properly.

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Re: 5.25" floppy disk controller

Post by unumlapis » Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:33 am

One can hope that Windows 10 would pick up a 5.25" drive; Windows 8.1 does. So don't think one need to go old school XP to get this to work. Then again, if the utils doesn't work with newer OS well then that's another matter.

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