3.5" Drive for Apple ???

From: John Ruschmeyer <jruschme_at_exit109.com>
Date: Wed May 13 21:06:02 1998

Doug Spence wrote:
> Greetings,
> Last week, along with a boxload of other stuff, I picked up an external
> 3.5" floppy drive that apears to be intended for Apple machines.
> It's a DS800 from DataSpace Corporation.
> It physically plugs into my Apple //c, but I can't get the machine to
> recognize it. The drive makes a noise when I power up the computer, but
> that's all. Attempts to access S6, D2 or any other slot and drive
> combination doesn't get anywhere.

Not surprising... the only 3.5" drive that will work with a //c is the
Unidisk (assuming you have a //c which will even work with one of

> It DOES respond to my Mac 512K, though. I plugged it into that machine
> and shoved a Mac-formatted disk in it, and an icon and open window popped
> up.
> I don't think the drive can be intended for the Mac, though, because it's
> got a MECHANICAL eject mechanism. In fact I was able to eject that Mac
> disk (write protected, thankfully ;) ) and the Mac didn't notice.
> Is there something I need to do to get my //c to recognize the drive? Or
> is it intended for use on a //gs? Or did this company make a line of
> dangerous Mac peripherals in an attempt to give the platform a bad name
> for an overabundance of disk corruptions? ;)

//gs, definately.

Specifically, this drive appears to be a clone of the Apple 3.5" Drive
that's its name). The Apple drive could work on either the //gs or the
Plus, so this one is probably set up similarly.

FYI, it will probably also work nicely on a Laser 128 or with the Laser
Universal Disk Controller (UDC) card for the Apple //.

Received on Wed May 13 1998 - 21:06:02 BST

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