[Blindapple] A way to transfer 5.25 disks via USB

Jayson Smith ratguy at insightbb.com
Mon Feb 22 20:59:32 EST 2010

This post from Twitter just about says it all...

Jason Scott posted Review of the FC5025, a hardware solution that lets you 
read many different floppy formats via USB: 

Now, there are a few catches here. First, you need a 5.25 drive, and a way 
to power it. And we're talking a PC 5.25 drive here, not an Apple 5.25 
drive. Again, the USB device has no way to power the drive, so you have to 
provide that on your own. It's read-only. You can read 5.25 disks 'til the 
cows come home, but you can't write them. Also, depending on your floppy 
drive, you might not be able to read the back side of double-sided disks. 
That's because some drives depend on the index hole, which is on a specific 
spot on the disk casing, to see if the disk is spinning correctly. If it 
can't see the index hole, it can't read the disk. Obviously, when you flip 
the disk over, the index hole ends up on the wrong side, and the drive can't 
see it. But all in all, an interesting product. I really have no use for it 
myself, since I have a working Apple setup, but for those who have 5.25 
disks and no working Apple setup, it might be worth a look.

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