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USB floppy recovery of vintage disks
Authored by: bigmike on Jan 06, '10 08:12:30PM

Still getting value from this thread five years after the last post. I got an old Toshiba FDD Kit PA3109U-1FDD connected to a Dual 1GHz PowerPC G4 tower, to recover journals stored on floppies created in the mid-90s. The insert-before-connect trick worked - no problem with the MFD-2HD disks.

But the MFD-2DD and 135TPI 2S/2D disks are out of luck. I'll search more, but if there are any tips out there on how to recover data from vintage floppies, I could use them! Is there such thing as a USB FDD that can read those old formats?

Edited on Jan 06, '10 08:58:41PM by bigmike

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USB floppy recovery of vintage disks
Authored by: virtual.gretchen on Feb 09, '10 01:07:00PM

Oh frustration! I seem to be having the same LaCie problem with Mac disks not being recognized. The drive is seen by the Mac, but not the disks, even with the trick of inserting the disk prior to pugging it into the USB port. Any and all suggestions greatly appreciated!

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USB floppy recovery of vintage disks
Authored by: ADent on Oct 26, '10 02:49:27PM

The 800K (DS DD) floppies were a special deal to Macs and the Sony drives they used - the equivalent PC floppies only held 720K.

The DS HD drives use a format close to the PC at 1440K and are readable by basically all drives.

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