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Is there any such thing as a 5.25 external USB floppy drive?

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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!