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LaCie USB floppy drive support in OS X
Authored by: on Apr 28, '03 09:22:52AM

Just a little update...

My USB floppy now works as it should. Sort of.
It did however take me rather long to figure out why on earth it
was so mind-numbingly slow... (I'd almost given up on it
totally, becaus a diskett could take 5 min. to load...!)

Apple has done something weird and awfull with it's DOS-
support. Whatever DOS that might be, I don't now - since DOS-
formatted disk(ette)s from a Mac isn't readable on a PC.

However; using Mac-formatted diskettes the floppy drive is as
fast as ever. My only problem being, all my old diskettes are
almost all DOS-formatted for compatibility...



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LaCie USB pocket floppy does not support Mac 2DD disks
Authored by: tomweimer on Jul 31, '04 03:33:51PM

I just got LaCie USB Pocket Foppy drive today, to use with a PowerBook G4 running OS 10.3.4. Unfortunately, even though I exhaustively researched the available USB floppy drives for Mac, I never came across anything that said the LaCie doesn't support double-sided (2DD) Mac formatted disks, only high-density (2HD). It supports 2DD and 2HD PC formatted disks. Very frustrating, since all the files I want to get back are on older 2DD disks.

It took me forever to figure out why my disks wouldn't mount. Wasn't until I came across this thread on that I learned that the drives are actually made by Y-E Data. On their website it does say that 2DD Mac disks aren't supported, which if i remember correctly was why I didn't buy that brand in the first place.

Anyway, I submitted a tech support request on LaCie's website to see if they have a software update that might allow it to read Mac 2DD disks. Otherwise, I guess I'll return it and see if I can find another USB drive that will support those disks. I know this thread is old, but I figured if I found it while trying to solve my problem, maybe what I learned can save someone in a similar situation some time and frustration.

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