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comment Changing an old PC laptop hard drive
Thanks, I should have explained I don't have the original hard drive.
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comment Changing an old PC laptop hard drive
Just to update my post - I just found some trays for the Gateway 2300 Solo, so it looks like all I need is a 2.5" 12.7 mm IDE hard drive, but it doesn't matter what size. If I'm mistaken I'd appreciate any feedback. Thanks again!
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comment Setting up a junk PC for classic PC gaming
I thought of that too as a possibility, but I've tried about 4-5 different games at this point and I'm getting the same result. I think it's unlikely they are all corrupted in the exact same way, don't you?
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comment 5.25 Floppy Disk Formatting
I don't think there was any physical difference between SD and DD disks, since they both used the same iron-oxide coating. The only difference was the label on the box.
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comment 5.25 Floppy Disk Formatting
I actually looked that part up on Wikipedia. “Single sided disks were coated on both sides, despite the availability of higher-cost double sided disks. The reason usually given was that double sided disks were certified error-free on both sides of the media, but architectural differences among computer platforms negated this claim, with RadioShack TRS-80 Model I computers using one side and the Apple II machines the other.” I actually looked that part up on Wikipedia.
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comment Swap 1.2MB Floppy Drive with 360KB Drive in Older PC
My original question was posted because I thought it depended on the motherboard's floppy drive controller to know if the machine supported both 360KB drives and 1.2MB drives. It may just take some experimenting with the actual hardware to find out if it works - I was just checking here first in case someone knew more about it.
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comment Swap 1.2MB Floppy Drive with 360KB Drive in Older PC
Ok thanks for all the feedback. The connectors look the same but I know there are some significant differences in the drives. For example, the 360KB rotated their disks at 300 RPM, where the 1.2MB drives rotated at a somewhat higher rotation rate. I know the 1.2MB drives can be program-controlled to write at 300 rpm, and write every other sector so it can be read by a 360KB drive as normal. There are other problems though - if you write to this same disk on a 360KB drive, the disk becomes unreadable by both 360 and 1.2 drives.
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comment Swap 1.2MB Floppy Drive with 360KB Drive in Older PC
The Kaypros are relatively rare. They sell for around $40 - $200 on eBay depending on the model type. The one I'm pulling the 360KB drives from is inoperable though - I'm just using it for parts.
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comment Swap 1.2MB Floppy Drive with 360KB Drive in Older PC
Ok thanks - normally I would just try it but I didn't want to somehow damage the 360KB drive trying it blindly.
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