[vcf-midatlantic] USB Floppies that are flexible? Cleaning a 3.5" drive?

Jason Perkins perkins.jason at gmail.com
Tue Dec 8 10:17:59 EST 2020


I have a Greaseweazle as well. I've not used it a ton, but it works great
and unlike other flux tools can be used to write disk images, too.

The price for an assembled board is great, too!

On Tue, Dec 8, 2020 at 7:13 AM Dean Notarnicola via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> Forgot to mention that a Greaseweazle is also highly recommended for this
> scenario. It is exactly why I purchased this the Dell floppy drive. This
> combination should let you write most 3.5” diskette images.
>
>
> On Tue, Dec 8, 2020 at 10:08 AM Dean Notarnicola <
> dean.notarnicola at vcfed.org>
> wrote:
>
> > I recently purchased a Dell FDDM-101 for that very purpose. It is a
> laptop
> > drive, but it has a mini-USB port on it that allows external use. It
> > reportedly is one of the few USB floppies that can do so, but I have not
> > yet tried it.
> >
> > As far as cleaning, I think that cleaning diskettes are your best bet.
> >
> >
> >
> > On Tue, Dec 8, 2020 at 10:00 AM John Heritage via vcf-midatlantic <
> > vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> >
> >> Hey folks,  two asks -- I'm looking for advice:
> >>
> >> Are there any USB or external floppy drive arrangements that are
> flexible
> >> like internal floppy drives for allowing formatting and/or reading of
> >> unusual sector sizes or formats?
> >>
> >> Ex:  800KB Atari ST floppies and PC DOS disks formatted in unusual sizes
> >>
> >> ..
> >>
> >> Second question is -what is the easiest way to clean the heads on a 3.5"
> >> floppy?   If I have a bunch of 'suspect' floppies that I want to clean
> the
> >> head between every disk it seems a little painful to disassemble the
> drive
> >> enough to see the heads and clean.  Are there any alternatives?
> >>
> >> (I'm used to 5.25" drives where there's often enough space in there to
> >> wipe
> >> without disassembly).
> >> Maybe there's a good (modern) source of 3.5" cleaning floppies?
> >>
> >> (P.S.  I have a K6-3+ PC I can put a fresh OS on so I may be cleaning a
> >> legacy 3.5" drive instead of a USB floppy).
> >>
> >> Thanks!
> >> John
> >>
> >
>


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