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Floppy Drives

By mark.duranty ·
Our company would like to offer floppy duplication.So we have few old 486s and a couple of p200. Is it possible to configure
several floppy drives in one box and have them all copy at the same time.

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by Lo In reply to Floppy Drives

Without doing something special, you can only get 2 FD on a system I think. There may be a 3rd party FD controller that you could add to allow a 3rd, 4th, etc. Having that you could get access to multiple drives at the same time with a batch file,scheduler, etc.

I did a DOS batch file that would loop doing format, label, pause to scratch old disks. That worked pretty good. As you have to physically insert/eject disks, this works pretty well unless you are going to get into 'large' volumes. If you are coyping a disk you can use DISKCOPY from 1 FD to another.
There is a way to get a FD image from the FD to a HD, then put back onto a FD but I forget the specifics. Flashing a BIOS does something similar I think.

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by GuruOfDos In reply to Floppy Drives

Professional duplicators use a hopper feed and a load unload mechanism, and have a microcontroller that literally copies the magnetic pattern from one disk to another. Doing it with a PC is a slow and laborious process. Yes, you CAN have several drives in a box, but you would need additional FD controller cards with selectable addresses. Two drives in a PC with an image on the hard disk is about as good as it gets without a lot of messing around and user interaction. The other option is to whipup some electronics using 74 Series logic IC's and have a simple Start button and a 'Finished' LED and hook one drive up as Source and multiple drives as Target. You'd need some pretty good info on the FD interface and some pretty good experience with electronics.

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