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USB Floppy Drive

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 3:43 pm
by lewiskell
Would i be able to use a USB floppy drive with the Raspberry Pi? Or will it draw to much power, meaning i have to get a powered USB hub?

Re: USB Floppy Drive

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 3:51 pm
by RaTTuS
powered HUB

Re: USB Floppy Drive

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 4:18 pm
by pluggy
I'm trying hard to think of a reason why anyone would want a floppy drive in 2013. The floppy was way past its 'best before' date 10 years ago and had had its day 10 years before that. For a very small amount of money you can have something with thousands of times more storage and needs a lot less juice to run it. You could wire a load of them up to buffered GPIO ports and play music on them I suppose.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtiAP8xMSPo

Re: USB Floppy Drive

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:59 pm
by totoharibo
I've tried one on a PC with Debian.
Works well.

On RPi I agree with RaTTuS : a hub is necessary.

I've tried ti read old floppies (10 years old). Some are no more readable.

I've done that for fun,

Don't worry some are playing vynils :-)

Re: USB Floppy Drive

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:34 pm
by LemmeFatale
pluggy wrote:I'm trying hard to think of a reason why anyone would want a floppy drive in 2013.
Amusingly enough, a digital promotional item for a computer game was recently issued on floppy disk and given away at a trade show. :P

More seriously, though, preservation of old disks is one reason that I can think of, perhaps in combination with something like a KryoFlux, for disks used by platforms of times gone by, which can't be otherwise be read on modern hardware. Not only are there folks who still haven't retrieved their old things from such disks, but there are also old computer systems which are in danger of having their history lost, too.

That might well not be the usage intended here, but it is a good reason why people are using floppy disk drives in 2013. ;)

Re: USB Floppy Drive

Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 10:21 am
by jardino
I don't have an USB floppy drive, but I've just connected an old 250Mb ZIP drive to an RPi. Via a powered hub, of course, because the drive draws 0.5 Amp.

RPi recognised it immediately and I can access my old files.

Re: USB Floppy Drive

Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:50 pm
by alexeames
I've got a USB floppy drive. The reason I haven't lobbed it is because I thought it'd be fun to see if it worked on the Pi. 1.44 Mb - that's about half to one third of a photo on my phone these days :D

Re: USB Floppy Drive

Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 3:34 pm
by jardino
When buying pre-built Wintel computers (my latest is about 10 years old), I used to insist on them having a standard 1.44 Mb floppy drive. This used to puzzle salesmen - but please them, because of the extra £30 or so they could charge.

Apart from recovering data on my own, old floppies, I was able to rescue data several times from the computers that kids in my wife's school had wrecked (those machines were even older than mine, but they all had floppy drives).

I did this simply by cutting a DOS recovery floppy on my machine, booting the sick school computer from it, navigating to the school's important folders by using the command line, copying the data to another floppy and making myself a hero!

Alan.

Re: USB Floppy Drive

Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:20 pm
by totoharibo
I have used a floppy/USB reader to save the image of floppies.

It is safer to copy floppy images on a CD and to copy them back when needed.