My floptical drive (20MB SCSI) could also handle 1.4M
Yes, those could only write 20MB max though. Still pretty cool for the time.
My 2.8M drive (Micro-Solutions "Backpack" parallel port) could also
The BackPack drives are nice for quick testing or adding a temporary drive.
I have only seen the 2.88MB version once on eBay and it was too rich for my
My LS120 (IDE) could also handle 1.4M
So could the LS240. The LS240 could also write 32MB on a bog standard 1.44MB
floppy although with limitations. It was like old school CD-RW. You had to
erase the whole disk to make changes...
My Amlyn drives (disk-changer with 5 disks) was 1.2M
per disk. The
disks in the changer cartridges were 1.2M, with an extra hole in the
jacket for the changer to grab.
I have a similar system for 3.5" disks but for use with the Macintosh:
The plus side is that it does not need special disks. You can use standard
I think the floppy drive did not get its due. I mean for a technology that
was so integral to the home computer segment it was very evolutionary and
not revolutionary and evolved at a snail's pace. There were obviously some
very cool floppy alternatives, which not only improved it but maintained
backwards compatibility, but poor market introduction (Sony HiFD), cost
(flopticals), or expensive media (ED disks) prevented large scale
Call me old fashioned but even to this day my new builds (ok my last new
build was 10 years ago but still) have a FDD in them. I just feel better
knowing I have one in there.