[vcf-midatlantic] Floppy emulators, any experience?

J. Alexander Jacocks jjacocks at gmail.com
Tue Apr 10 17:18:10 EDT 2018

For generic cheap use, I'd suggest a Gotek.  For a bit better compatibility
for more unusual formats, I'd suggest a Gotek with HxC firmware.  And for
the ultimate in hardware design and flexibility, I'd buy an HxC from


- Alex

On Mon, Apr 9, 2018 at 5:05 PM, jakari via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:

> On 2018-04-09 16:27, Neil Cherry via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>> On 04/09/2018 02:53 PM, Joseph Oprysko via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>>> Some are listed as 720k, some 1.44MB, some with 2 digit display, some
>>> with
>>> 3 digits, and a couple without a display and just 2 LEDs. So I’m a bit
>>> confused as to which are the “right” ones to try to get.
> Likewise... This is a timely thread since I'm zero for two on working IBM
> PS/2 floppy drives.  I will attempt to repair at least one of them, but one
> of these things would make things easier to get things re-installed.
> So, is there one that people like?  Or dislike?  (In my case I'm talking
> normal PC-ish drives.)
> I suspect most are the same hardware. The main difference for the emulator
>> between a 720 and a 1.44 is the clock rate of the data (125, 250, 500).
>> After that the tracks, sectors and sides are just software. I'm surprised
>> they don't mention that they device can be multiple drives. Wonder if it
>> can use the mux setup for 8 drives. ;-) (just kidding).
> The written descriptions I'm seeing on Amazon make me think this level of
> detail is unlikely. ;)
> --
> Jameel Akari

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