On Sunday, July 21, 2013, Philip Pemberton wrote:
I'm trying to get my hands on a 5.25in double-sided 40 tracks per side
"360K" floppy drive with the Shugart or IBM PC 34-pin connector (either
edge connector or pin header is fine). Does anyone have a spare they'd
like to part with? Slight preference for Teac or Mitsubishi, but
anything will do at this point.
I've checked Ebay, there are tons in the US (complete with "seller does
not ship internationally, don't even ask"), but the only ones I've seen
from UK sellers are parts scalpers wanting stupid money for them (?149
"sold untested with no guarantee"? really?).
A BBC Micro 40-track drive would also be fine -- as long as it's native
40-track, not 40/80 track switchable or double-stepping (an 80-track
drive mated to a PCB which double-steps the head). Cumana, Viglen and a
few other companies made these, they were extremely common a few years ago.
I'm on the verge of getting DiscFerret write support working (at least
for UNIX PC disks) but the sodding thing won't read anything my 80-track
drives have written!
I'd rather not borrow the 3B1's drive - the DiscFerret is experimental
and a benchtop lashup is hardly an ideal scenario.
I don't have a spare DD 5.25, but if you don't find one elsewhere, I'd be
happy to purchase one, for you, and mail it to the UK, sine I am in the US.
Excellent news on the disk writing support!