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convert a floppy drive to use a USB Flash drive

by lila baum / May 23, 2010 11:08 PM PDT

I have some older equipment that only has a 3.5 floppy drive and I would like to convert that cable to access a USB drive.
Replacing the units is not an option but floppy failures are getting bad
There is no access to the industrial computer motherboard except thru the floppy cable.
An AUX board or module would be OK.
Thee equipment is used in a hot dirty environment as we are a DIECAST facility and that is where the robots are located.
I believe the operating is pre DOS 6
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you

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You said any help.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 24, 2010 12:13 AM PDT

As I read and more I know this area all too well and have replaced these with small IDE to CF adapters that boot and run DOS 3.3 and up. Now there are a few that want this solution without all the hard work so I must write that I've been there, done this and all for a pretty penny.

Hope I save you the time heading down blind alleys.

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Be sure to read THAT article and it's links.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 24, 2010 12:19 AM PDT
In reply to: You said any help.

"ipcas ? USB Floppy Emulator 100 in 1

USB Stick Floppy Disk Drive Emulator The USB Floppy Emulator 100 in 1 is from ipcas GmbH, a company located in Germany. The USB Floppy Emulator 100 in 1 device is a direct replacement for the old legacy floppy diskette drives. The connections on the back of this FDD emulator are identical to that of the old floppy disk drives. On the back of this device is the 34-pin socket where the floppy disk drive cable gets plugged in, and the +5 volt DC standard power connection for the floppy drive also plugs in to the back side."

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That's very interesting;
by ahtoi / May 24, 2010 1:50 AM PDT

I wonder how much does it cost. Might it not be more cost effective if one just stock pile lots of floppy drives (Just thinking out loud..for I know nothing about the business).

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Why I use the IDE mode.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 24, 2010 2:10 AM PDT

Because it's all of 20 bucks. We know that these floppy emulators run up to 100X the price of a floppy drive for very simple reasons. In production you know that the more you make of a "something" the economies of scale kick down the price. Here you have a specialty product with a limited audience so it gets a premium price.

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I don't think that's possible,
by ahtoi / May 24, 2010 12:15 AM PDT

because I don't think DOS support USB (at least not when I was using DOS).

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