+ 0 Votes Adding a 5.25" floppy to a newer computer Dave503 May 25, 2013 at 11:25am PST 1) If you have a 3.5" non-usb drive on your computer, it may be possible to add a Teac dual drive (FD 505) that is readily available on eBay at a very modest price. The caveats: many of the current BIOS do not support 5.25" drives at all, and some only support a single floppy (3.5" OR 5.25", but not both at the same time). The FD 505 uses jumpers to configure it as a single 3.5, a single 5.25, or both drives. If this doesn't work for you, you can put out about $60 for an outboard floppy controller card from http://www.deviceside.com/fc5025.html that will work, even under Win8 (but you'll have to get power from your computer or an external supply for the actual drive). The actual card plugs in to a USB 2.0 port and is port powered. + 0 Votes I know of NO way mjd420nova May 28, 2013 at 3:03am PST I have an old IBM AT running a home automation/energy monitor system. It has the 5.25. dual DS/DD and a 5.25 1.2 MB floppy. This was the top media density until IBM started the PS2 line and the 3.5 diskette 1.44 MB media. and was accompanied with the new 80386/387 chipsets. Dos was up to 4.01 until the inclusion of the coprocessor on the same substrate as the processor and needed DOS 5.0. + 0 Votes It's software you want, not data? silverfinger May 29, 2013 at 12:06am PST I am not sure why you would go through all this trouble for software. There is nothing currently out there to replace what they were using? What are they trying to replace? If the disks had data I could understand. + 0 Votes Reading 5.25-inch floppies n2add May 29, 2013 at 12:59am PST 1. I purchased a 5.25-inch floppy on eBay and installed it in an old computer and proceeded to copy my 5.25-inch disks. About 20% of the disks could not be read properly. I also did the same thing with my 3.5-inch disks. Everything I could copy is now on a CD. 2. I tried one of those dual drives but I could never get it to work properly. I tried various combinations of the jumpers but no luck. 3. Some computers that do have a floppy connector on the motherboard will only recognize 3.5-inch drives. + 0 Votes OLD 5' FLOPPY powerserver13 May 29, 2013 at 3:06am PST I HAVE ONE TOO, YOU CAN HAVE, CAME OUT OF AN OLD "SYMPHONY" COMPUTER 80836/?? THE WHOLE COMPUTER WORKS GREAT, JUST NEED ANOTHER COM1 PLUG FOR A KEYBOARD.???? + 0 Votes 5 1/2 floppy drive inkwell Updated - June 4, 2013 at 11:54am PST I have an old Tandy 5 1/4 parallel port drive. I took the drive out of the case, and cabled it to my Athlon 2400 XP-S3 box. I backed up 40 5 1/4 floppy disks to one folder and fit them all with room to spare on a 4 gb usb drive. If you haven't had any resolution and want to send them to me in Canada, I'll do it for you, I just get a kick over how old tech seems to come to the rescue. I'd need the return postage & that's all. + 0 Votes Not knowing what the replacement hardware consists of, wizard57m-cnet Moderator 1 year ago makes it a bit difficult, but I'll make a suggestion. You might be able to find a PCI to ISA converter card for the new motherboard, if so you could then insert an old ISA controller card for a 5.25 inch floppy drive and access the floppies this way. Alternatively, and this may be more feasible, find an older PC, could probably find a freebie somewhere, that either has, or you could install one in, a 5.25 in floppy drive. I keep a couple of these upstairs in my tech-graveyard, hehe, just for these types of emergencies. I've also got a few ISA NIC cards that I could use to network the old beasts if needed. Other than that, you might be able to find some sort of connector online, maybe search Amazon or eBay?? However, I'm not sure on this since the technologies are so far removed from each other. You might also look into the feasibility of copying the data on those 5.25 in floppies to another media format. Does the replacement equipment have an IDE controller? If it does, you could be able to buy an IDE cable for a 5.25 in floppy drive and use the drive in a spare drive bay. That's all the ideas I have at the moment...good luck! + 1 Votes Parallel Port TheChas 1 year ago The last 5.25" external drive I saw connected up to a parallel port. I would need to dig, but I think I still have an IBM PS/2 external 5.25" drive in the box. I also have an old 386 system that should boot up that does have a 5.25" drive in it. ebay is the only place I found any drives for sale. All the controllers I saw were ISA bus though. Best bet would be to check with computer recycling and resale companies in your area. Chas + 2 Votes Caution: IDE != floppy r_widell Updated - 1 year ago re. the suggestion by wizard57m-cnet: IDE cables have 40 pin connectors whereas IIRC floppies have 34 pins. They are not equivalent. While I concur with TheChas that external 5.25" drives (that I remember) all connected via the parallel port, that probably won't help with a new machine that doesn't have such a port. Moreover, it would require a special driver which will likely only run under MS-DOS. I seem to recall some PCI add-in cards (sold by SIIG IIRC) which had IDE and floppy ports. You may be able to find one on eBay. You won't have a true "external" floppy drive, but you can temporarily leave the case open and run the cables out the side. I also have serious concerns as to whether Win8 even knows how to talk to a floppy drive (I haven't tried it). You may need to run some Linux LiveCD to get the hardware to work. ron + 1 Votes I saw a few some years back for laptops as USB 1.0 - but I think you may be Deadly Ernest Updated - 1 year ago better off using an old machine with a 5.25 floppy and CD burner to copy all the programs onto CDs to fix this now and for the future. The USB Floppy I saw was: Imation USB floppy drive, model 01946 do a google, you may find one for sale. I got some old gear that works and have 5.25 floppies, but I've not tried using the floppies for several years.