Recommend me: USB Portable Floppy Drive

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  1. Dyre Straits

    Dyre Straits 10 Grandkids and 1 Great-grandson!

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    I have one. Bought it some time ago and it does read floppies. However, it refuses to clear memory when ejecting a floppy unless I unplug it from the USB port. Simply ejecting the disc isn't good enough.

    The one I have is a BYTECC BT-144...but the PC sees it as a TEAC brand.

    I have hundreds of old floppies I have old photos on in TIFF format that I'd like to view and decide which ones should be saved. These are from the early 90s until CDs came into wide use.

    So, anyone know of a portable floppy drive that doesn't have to be unplugged between discs?
     
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    See if you can find one of the old IBM drives. I've got 2, had them for years, and they've outlasted anything I've bought since.
     
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    I have an external USB 3.5" floppy drive (I assume that's what you are looking for) but I have no diskettes I am willing to risk to test it. Do you have a photo of yours?
     
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    IBM makes solid stuff, our IBM PC100 lasted years and years, in fact I think it may still be ticking wherever it is right now.

    I checked and you can find IBM floppy drives on ebay.
     
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    Usually $20 on eBay, but stupid shipping costs. The only other brand that I like is Sabrent. Expensive though. Actually... probably the same price as buying a used IBM + shipping off eBay.

    Dyre, forgot to mention, stay away from Dell branded ones. Those are the same as the one you already have. If I recall so are HP's drives too.
     
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  6. Dyre Straits

    Dyre Straits 10 Grandkids and 1 Great-grandson!

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    I noticed the Dell related stuff you mentioned. Thanks!
     
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    Dyre Straits 10 Grandkids and 1 Great-grandson!

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    I take it that's a photo of your current drive?
     
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    Dyre Straits 10 Grandkids and 1 Great-grandson!

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    Yes, it's an external USB Floppy drive.
     

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