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Ever since I saw WarGames I wanted an 8 inch floppy drive. I realize I have no practical use for it, but still. I have an ATR8000 on the way. Is there a particular drive I should try and find that works with it? Are cables standard?

 

Frank

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I have a bunch of 8" disks, even one box still plastic wrapped. Would love to have a drive to use them, too.

My Sally has "only" two 5.25" HD-Drives.

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To me it looks as standard Shugart 50 pin connector. But this particular drive is VERY slow to step from track to track. Maybe the slowest one. I would look for some Japanese drives. YE DATA 180, 174, Mitsubishi-M2896 and similar. QumeTrak 242 seems to be identical to YE Data. These drives have track to track time 3ms. Compare it with German BASF, SIEMENS drives with 25ms..

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I know you want the physical 8" drive, but the next best thing is a 1.2Mb 5.25" floppy.  The ATR-8000 using MyDOS can format them as a 1MB 77 track DSDD disk, just like the 8" standard.

 

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On 5/9/2020 at 10:04 AM, Frankie said:

I have an ATR8000 on the way.

Where did you get it?? I want one! I can't believe I must have tossed my out many years ago but would love to get another one. 

 

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2 hours ago, Gavin1968 said:

Where did you get it?? I want one! I can't believe I must have tossed my out many years ago but would love to get another one. 

 

eBay. I had a search/alert setup so I got an email when one was listed.

 

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Speaking of disks

My woman played with my 8 inch floppy, I explained and showed her the difference between floppy, flexible, and hard... we both agreed that hard was best and put it to immediate use.

 

Now to explain how Multi In/Out helps the hard ones interface so we can play more games. :)

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After moving my ATARI storage last year, I also recovered two 8 inch Radio Shack TRS-80 Floppys...

The difference between 8, 5,25 and 3,5 is phenomenal 😉

 

Gtx.,

andY

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I found some old 8" disks in a box, it has "ZORK" on one and my saved games on the other.

 

Used to play it on a Marconi System 80 in-circuit tester back in the 80's, using RT-11 OS.

I remembered the joy when we upgraded to a massive 10MB hard drive, those were the days.

 

Had use of the departments printers for my 130XE too :))

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