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Slimline floppydrive in a Falcon

Postby joska » Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:33 pm

I just put up a simple page describing how I replaced my Falcon's floppydrive with a slimline drive from a laptop.

http://joska.atari.org/laptopfloppy/

I guess it will work in an ST/E too, but I have not tested that.
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Re: Slimline floppydrive in a Falcon

Postby Faucon2001 » Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:43 pm

Very interesting Jo. thanks
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Re: Slimline floppydrive in a Falcon

Postby mikro » Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:41 pm

Pictures or didn't happen. ;-)

Personally I'm always wondering why people need installing floppy at all. My Falcon as a Gotek, STE has a CosmosEx, MegaSTE at home a HxC... I'm sure these are much more expensive than a simple floppy drive but the benefits are obvious. And no need to wrestle with the case etc.

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Re: Slimline floppydrive in a Falcon

Postby joska » Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:55 pm

mikro wrote:Pictures or didn't happen. ;-)


When I remember to take my phone with me to my mancave...

mikro wrote:Personally I'm always wondering why people need installing floppy at all.


Floppy > simulated floppy. That's why. Just like Falcon > emulator, or sex > masturbation.

I have a Gotek, it's nice. However, it can't read any of my floppies, and if I want to move data from e.g. my Falcon or Milan to my STE or STF or Stacy or Mega or second Mega they're not very handy unless you spend $$ for a Gotek for every single machine. And worst of all, I don't get to handle real floppies or enjoy the "tock-tock-tock-tock" sound. No more "disk in drive A: is write-protected" or damaged disks. A vital part of my ST is gone without real disks.
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Re: Slimline floppydrive in a Falcon

Postby Atarieterno » Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:59 pm

Very interesting.
Thank you for sharing that experience.
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Re: Slimline floppydrive in a Falcon

Postby mikro » Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:06 pm

joska wrote:And worst of all, I don't get to handle real floppies or enjoy the "tock-tock-tock-tock" sound.

Granted, this is what I miss on Gotek as well but this: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/132328853545 makes it a close match. ;-)

No more "disk in drive A: is write-protected" or damaged disks. A vital part of my ST is gone without real disks.

I guess all of us have different ways of enjoying the ST. :-) Maybe because I'm a quite late-time Atarian (had my first ST, MegaSTE actually, in 1997!) I always considered floppies as something bothersome, esp. when I got a Falcon four years later (didn't even have a floppy drive after putting it into a tower). All the formatting errors, unreliability, questions like "how do I transfer files from my laptop" and so on.


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