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5 1/4 Floppy USB Drives

Has someone figured out a way to integrate a 5 1/4 floppy drive to a USB port? I see a lot of 3 1/2 floppy solutions on the market but it seems like this older format has not been addressed. I have some older data and would prefer avoiding a conversion service or dusting off an older 486 machine. Many thanks for your help.
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  1. Do you have a 5 1/4 drive? If so, why not just connect it to your system. Many newer MOBO's still have floppy controllers which shold still work with 5 1/4. Can't hurt to try.
  2. if it has the same cable as a 3 1/2 you should be able to connect it to a usb 3 1/2 connector
    i am not not sure though and don't hold me up on it, see what the others say as well
  3. There is no reason for anyone to do this as they 5 1/4 disks are no longer made. Also any of those disks still in existance most likely are bad by now. I give you a very small chance you disk still even has data on it.

    Thent
  4. Hi


    I looked at the wiki
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floppy_disk

    but I could not see the power connector for 5.25" drives I suspect it uses the standard molex connector with 5v + 12v
    (red black black yellow wires) while 3.5" floppy disks only use 5V and a different connector.

    The ribbon data cable uses different connectors for 3.5" & 5.25" floppy drives

    5.25" includes high density 1.2 Meg (1985) and 360K (1982) versions.
    I still have a combined 5.25"+3.5" version sitting in a cupboard should I ever need it but my current motherboard does not have a floppy controller

    The chance of getting USB to work is low to zero.

    Do you have a 5.25" 1.2M drive to work with ?

    regards

    Mike Barnes
  5. price_th said:
    Do you have a 5 1/4 drive? If so, why not just connect it to your system. Many newer MOBO's still have floppy controllers which shold still work with 5 1/4. Can't hurt to try.


    Yes but its on my old machine in storage and I'll probably have to go that route. I was just hoping that there was a usb alternative so that I didn't have to set up the other machine. Thanks anyway :)
  6. mbarnes86 said:
    Hi


    I looked at the wiki
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floppy_disk

    but I could not see the power connector for 5.25" drives I suspect it uses the standard molex connector with 5v + 12v
    (red black black yellow wires) while 3.5" floppy disks only use 5V and a different connector.

    The ribbon data cable uses different connectors for 3.5" & 5.25" floppy drives

    5.25" includes high density 1.2 Meg (1985) and 360K (1982) versions.
    I still have a combined 5.25"+3.5" version sitting in a cupboard should I ever need it but my current motherboard does not have a floppy controller

    The chance of getting USB to work is low to zero.

    Do you have a 5.25" 1.2M drive to work with ?

    regards

    Mike Barnes


    I actually have both the 1.2 Meg and the 360k drives. Even my 1982 version uses molex. I think I'm just goint to pull my old machine out of storage. I had seen usb conversion kits for the 3.5 floppys and was just wondering if someone took the time to make a 5.25 conversion kit. My guess is that it was never done due to the difference in ribbon cables. On a side note, I was able to access 1982 data about 4 years ago when I had pulled the old 486 out of storage so that floppy lasted a good 26 years lol. Thanks for trying to help.
  7. Best answer selected by punahou1.
  8. thently said:
    There is no reason for anyone to do this as they 5 1/4 disks are no longer made. Also any of those disks still in existance most likely are bad by now. I give you a very small chance you disk still even has data on it.

    Thent


    Wrong!
    I have original IBM pSystem 5.25 boot floppies that are still usable and reading / writing fine...
  9. Best answer
    It turns out there is a 5 1/4" floppy USB controller!(I know right?) Made by a company called Device Side Data called the FC5025 (http://www.deviceside.com/fc5025.html). I'm starting to collect stuff like this over at Gaming Stack Exchange (http://gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/94868/how-can-i-connect-a-5-1-4-floppy-drive-to-my-modern-pc)


    mbarnes86 said:
    Hi


    I looked at the wiki
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floppy_disk

    but I could not see the power connector for 5.25" drives I suspect it uses the standard molex connector with 5v + 12v
    (red black black yellow wires) while 3.5" floppy disks only use 5V and a different connector.

    The ribbon data cable uses different connectors for 3.5" & 5.25" floppy drives

    5.25" includes high density 1.2 Meg (1985) and 360K (1982) versions.
    I still have a combined 5.25"+3.5" version sitting in a cupboard should I ever need it but my current motherboard does not have a floppy controller

    The chance of getting USB to work is low to zero.

    Do you have a 5.25" 1.2M drive to work with ?

    regards

    Mike Barnes
  10. thently said:
    There is no reason for anyone to do this as they 5 1/4 disks are no longer made. Also any of those disks still in existance most likely are bad by now. I give you a very small chance you disk still even has data on it.

    Thent



    My father had a pile of 5.25 inch disks, but no drive to read them. I found him

    a drive, installed it in his pc and restarted it. Not only did the bios accept it,

    so did the OS. It was a simple as ' insert 5.25 disk, open it in mycomputer,

    click select all files and copy and paste to a usb flash drive.

    I was able to reliably read at 25 out of the 30 floppies he had, and the

    others were 1.2meg floppies. ( I was using a 360k drive ).

    No data errors.
  11. sryx said:
    It turns out there is a 5 1/4" floppy USB controller!(I know right?) Made by a company called Device Side Data called the FC5025 (http://www.deviceside.com/fc5025.html). I'm starting to collect stuff like this over at Gaming Stack Exchange (http://gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/94868/how-can-i-connect-a-5-1-4-floppy-drive-to-my-modern-pc)

    This is brilliant! I've only just today had a need to pull data from a 5 1/4" floppy (I work in computer forensics) and although I have the drive and the cable, there's no compatible PC here anymore! Thanks for posting the link!

    Ian
  12. punahou1 said:
    Yes but its on my old machine in storage and I'll probably have to go that route. I was just hoping that there was a usb alternative so that I didn't have to set up the other machine. Thanks anyway :)

    I have two 5.25 floppies that I need to get the data off of. i saw you on the forum and want to know if there is a way to copy this data to a disk .
  13. tom64 said:
    My father had a pile of 5.25 inch disks, but no drive to read them. I found him

    a drive, installed it in his pc and restarted it. Not only did the bios accept it,

    so did the OS. It was a simple as ' insert 5.25 disk, open it in mycomputer,

    click select all files and copy and paste to a usb flash drive.

    I was able to reliably read at 25 out of the 30 floppies he had, and the

    others were 1.2meg floppies. ( I was using a 360k drive ).

    No data errors.

    I have two 5.25 floppys nwith a story I wrote on them. I would like to transfer to a disk of a ubs flash drive. I live about 50 miles north Of Houston tx. do you think You can be of some help to me. thank you for your time. fbarth123@yahoo.com.
  14. :hello:
    tom64 said:
    My father had a pile of 5.25 inch disks, but no drive to read them. I found him

    a drive, installed it in his pc and restarted it. Not only did the bios accept it,

    so did the OS. It was a simple as ' insert 5.25 disk, open it in mycomputer,

    click select all files and copy and paste to a usb flash drive.

    I was able to reliably read at 25 out of the 30 floppies he had, and the

    others were 1.2meg floppies. ( I was using a 360k drive ).

    No data errors.

    trying to get two 5.25 floppy read and transfer to either flash drive or disk can you help. fbarth123@yahoo.com.
  15. thently said:
    There is no reason for anyone to do this as they 5 1/4 disks are no longer made. Also any of those disks still in existance most likely are bad by now. I give you a very small chance you disk still even has data on it.

    Thent


    I can assure you that you are 100% wrong, a very high percentage of these disks still have data on them and can be read just fine.
  16. It turns out there is a 5 1/4" floppy USB controller!(I know right?) Made by a company called Device Side Data called the FC5025 (http://www.deviceside.com/fc5025.html). I'm starting to collect stuff like this over at Gaming Stack Exchange (http://gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/94868/how-can-i-connect-a-5-1-4-floppy-drive-to-my-modern-pc)


    Thank you! Finally!
  17. It turns out there is a 5 1/4" floppy USB controller!(I know right?) Made by a company called Device Side Data called the FC5025 (http://www.deviceside.com/fc5025.html). I'm starting to collect stuff like this over at Gaming Stack Exchange (http://gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/94868/how-can-i-connect-a-5-1-4-floppy-drive-to-my-modern-pc)


    I am very interested in this usb controller and was wondering if it would be compatible with a cannon MD5511 v6 combo floppy drive that I saw on eBay (here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/CANON-MD5511-V6-Combo-Floppy-Drive-5-25-3-5-/290996485718?pt=US_Floppy_Zip_Jaz_Drives&hash=item43c0bdfe56)? I need to pull lots of data from both 5.25 and 3.5 inch floppy's for my boss who is a writer and has extensive notes and novels on these old floppy discs. I have found the 3.5 usb drives online, but not any 5.25 drives and since he has a large collection, it would be cost prohibitive to pay $5 per disc just to see if it can be accessed.

    Thank you for any and all help!

    Tracy
  18. These links are going stale, i pulled up the fill info on this, heres the latest links.

    floppy to usb controller links
    http://shop.deviceside.com/
    http://www.deviceside.com/fc5025.html
    http://shop.deviceside.com/prod/FC5025
    http://shop.deviceside.com/prod/CASE2
    http://shop.deviceside.com/prod/PSU5

    Is this the only company, or can anyone find more yet?
    Im trying to do this still, and this post should be maintained IMO, because it ranked high on google, so people are seeing it, plus, this company is apparently still in business.

    Mainly in my case, i need a full drive solution though, and want to connect it to usb, for a one time read-off, this looks like one of my best bets.

    Also, there is another site, which i will try to find, that is all for c64, and it shows how to pinout the rs232 cable, which you just need a usb adapter for that, or a machine with the serial/maybe parallel port.

    Ok, heres some info on that
    pinout din cable to 232
    http://www.hardwarebook.info/C64_RS232_User_Port

    pinout of 232
    https://www.c64-wiki.com/wiki/Serial_Port
    http://old.pinouts.ru/SerialPorts/C64Rs232UserPort_pinout.shtml

    diy cable
    http://modelrail.otenko.com/electronics/commodore-64-serial-interface-to-arduino
    http://biosrhythm.com/?p=1136
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