floptical drives

From: Fred Cisin <cisin_at_xenosoft.com>
Date: Thu Aug 19 12:23:18 2004

On Thu, 19 Aug 2004, Jules Richardson wrote:
> Hmm, my first ever floptical drive just landed on the doorstep amongst a
> pile of hardware. Never seen one before now, and it seems there's very
> little info on the web about the technology.

It didn't exactly take over the market.

> I assume that although it'll (probably) read/write normal 3.5" floppy
that's right
Almost all floptical drives could also handle "720k" and 1.4M"
None could also handle "2.8M"
> disks, it needs special media to reach the 21MB that I keep on seeing
also right
> quoted in various places? (i.e. it can't reach that figure combining the
> optical tracking technology that it uses with standard magnetic media)
> (the drive's an Insite I 325VM, likely culled from an SGI I think)

They are SCSI drives; software/drivers should be readily available
Received on Thu Aug 19 2004 - 12:23:18 BST

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