Exatron Stringy Floppy drives?

From: Jeff Hellige <jhellige_at_earthlink.net>
Date: Wed Jun 20 04:36:19 2001

>I've never actually seen one, but they were used on several home
>back in the late 70's/early 80's. Probably trs-80 and apple ][. If my
>poor memory serves, they were supposed to be somewhat between using a
>slow but cheap audio cassette, and a fast but expensive floppy drive.
>I think they ended up being a faster but too expensive and too unreliable
>option, and thus never really caught on.

        They were definately used with the TRS-80's but I believe the
Commodore systems used them as well. Even the '81 catalog for the
Super Elf lists them, at $279, and shows a highly expanded Super Elf
on the cover with two of them sitting on top of it's case. I've got a
cartridge for the drive around here somewhere. I've always wanted to
get one of the wafer drives for the Spectrum myself.

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