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#1 CamTheBridge OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 6, 2017 10:39 PM

Hi all,

 

I'm looking into getting a floppy drive for my 99, but I don't want to break the bank for one.  Is there anywhere (or any other type of drive) that I could get?  What are all your suggestions?

 

Thanks!



#2 arcadeshopper OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 6, 2017 11:29 PM

Hi all,

 

I'm looking into getting a floppy drive for my 99, but I don't want to break the bank for one.  Is there anywhere (or any other type of drive) that I could get?  What are all your suggestions?

 

Thanks!

 

First off, do you have an expansion box?  Have you read the pinned post FAQ?   

 

Greg



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Posted Wed Dec 6, 2017 11:34 PM

Yup! I read through the whole pinned post and no I do not have a PEB. They go for so much on eBay right now

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Posted Thu Dec 7, 2017 3:00 AM

Well all the options will make your wallet scream...



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Posted Thu Dec 7, 2017 4:55 AM

Without a P-Box or the standalone floppy controller sidecar your options are few.



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Posted Thu Dec 7, 2017 7:36 AM

I'm guessing you need a storage medium and are not just in the market to collect one.

 

Unless you want to go virtual floppy. Is there a reason you want an actual physical floppy drive? (You have disks you want to access?).

I think virtual floppies are the way to go if you don't have a PEB. If you did have a PEB with a floppy disk controller, I'd recommend a GoTek or HxC virtual floppy drive.

Without a PEB, the only things I know of or can think of at the moment are nanoPEB which stores virtual floppy drives on a CF Card. OR wait until TiPi is ready which will allow you to use a Raspberry Pi as virtual floppy drives plus more. (easiest transfer from PC to TI via web browser interface, open files across the web, more to come as development continues...)

If you have physical floppy disks you want access to, there are members here (including myself) that are willing to transfer those disks to virtual disk files for use in emulators or virtual floppy drives.

 

EDIT: fixed some typos.

 


Edited by Sinphaltimus, Thu Dec 7, 2017 7:38 AM.


#7 arcadeshopper OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Dec 7, 2017 5:22 PM

Yup! I read through the whole pinned post and no I do not have a PEB. They go for so much on eBay right now

 

Where are you located?   I have a couple in Oregon I'd sell reasonably. 



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Posted Thu Dec 7, 2017 5:31 PM

 

Where are you located?   I have a couple in Oregon I'd sell reasonably. 

Haha, it seems like everyone is out west.  I'm all the way over in Massachusetts, but thanks for the offer.  Its looking like I'm probably going to go for a nanoPEB



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Posted Thu Dec 7, 2017 5:36 PM

I'm guessing you need a storage medium and are not just in the market to collect one.

 

Unless you want to go virtual floppy. Is there a reason you want an actual physical floppy drive? (You have disks you want to access?).

I think virtual floppies are the way to go if you don't have a PEB. If you did have a PEB with a floppy disk controller, I'd recommend a GoTek or HxC virtual floppy drive.

Without a PEB, the only things I know of or can think of at the moment are nanoPEB which stores virtual floppy drives on a CF Card. OR wait until TiPi is ready which will allow you to use a Raspberry Pi as virtual floppy drives plus more. (easiest transfer from PC to TI via web browser interface, open files across the web, more to come as development continues...)

If you have physical floppy disks you want access to, there are members here (including myself) that are willing to transfer those disks to virtual disk files for use in emulators or virtual floppy drives.

 

EDIT: fixed some typos.

 

I don't have any physical floppys, I'm more just really into how cool old storage media is.  I LOVE using cassettes to store BASIC code, and I figured having a real floppy would be pretty fun too, but since its so expensive to aquire a drive I'll just go the more modern route



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Posted Thu Dec 7, 2017 5:42 PM

Haha, it seems like everyone is out west.  I'm all the way over in Massachusetts, but thanks for the offer.  Its looking like I'm probably going to go for a nanoPEB


Take a number... They're backordered and arcadeshopper doesn't know when the next batch is coming in.

#11 arcadeshopper OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Dec 7, 2017 5:43 PM

TIPI is really going to be the next great thing.  I expect we'll be selling them (and hopefully more 32k sidecars to plug it into) sometime first quarter 2018

 

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Posted Thu Dec 7, 2017 6:11 PM

TIPI is really going to be the next great thing.  I expect we'll be selling them (and hopefully more 32k sidecars to plug it into) sometime first quarter 2018
 
Greg


Like the song says... Waiting is the hardest part...

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Posted Thu Dec 7, 2017 7:10 PM

Like the song says... Waiting is the hardest part...

 

I thought it was "Ned Beatty had the hardest part."  :?



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Posted Thu Dec 7, 2017 7:17 PM

I thought it was "Ned Beatty had the hardest part."  :?


That's a nice parody :-)





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