floptical drives

From: Pete Turnbull <pete_at_dunnington.u-net.com>
Date: Thu Aug 19 12:28:47 2004

On Aug 19 2004, 11:10, 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
> little info on the web about the technology.
> I assume that although it'll (probably) read/write normal 3.5" floppy
> disks, it needs special media to reach the 21MB that I keep on seeing
> quoted in various places? (i.e. it can't reach that figure combining
> optical tracking technology that it uses with standard magnetic
> (the drive's an Insite I 325VM, likely culled from an SGI I think)

Yes, it will read normal 3.5" floppies (at least HD and possibly DD),
and yes it needs special floptical media to do 20MB. Good luck finding
the media. I have some but I'm keeping it for my flopticals.

Do keep the drive clean. My experience is that they're vey prone to
dying (and trashing disks) if they get too dusty.

Pete						Peter Turnbull
						Network Manager
						University of York
Received on Thu Aug 19 2004 - 12:28:47 BST

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