How to make an external 5.25" floppy drive?
June 2, 2005 12:24 PM Subscribe
Does anyone know (or can think of) any way to make an external 5.25" floppy drive? (preferably USB or wireless, for use with PC/Windows systems).
posted by -harlequin- to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm quite at home with a soldering iron, but I don't know much about what is compatible with these old drives.
I'm not after "make an extension of the PC internal floppy cable" answers, as I'm looking to make an external drive that can be plugged into a computer or laptop that has no special hardware, and without the use of a screwdriver.
Likewise, "put a miniature pc with a wireless card in the external enclosure with the drive" is a useful solution if you know of any uber-miniature dirt-cheap PCs to do it with, but currently I don't. (Let me know if you do :-))
Does anyone know if the adaptor inside a USB external 3.5" floppy drive would work if swapped out with a 5.25" drive? (I'm guessing the adaptor chip wouldn't have 5.25 detection or specs, but it seems the closest thing to a chance)
Is there anything like the IDE-to-USB adaptors that would work for floppy drives?
Any other ideas?