|I have a Tandy 2500 SX/20 with Windows 3.11. Up until about a week ago the 1.44 floppy drive worked fine. Then when I tried to access information from, or tried to save to a floppy disk, I got the message, "There is a problem with the disk in drive a:." A few times the message was that the disk was not formatted and I was asked if I wanted to format it, which didn't work.|
I also have an IBM with W98 and a Compaq with XP Pro. These both have floppy drives too. Until the Tandy began acting up, I could save/access info from one PC to another on the floppy disks. Now, some of the disks that will not work in the Tandy, will work in the others, so I presume it is the Tandy floppy drive that is bad.
I have a few PC parts around, including a 1.44 Panasonic floppy drive. If I counted correctly, it has 34 pins, and a 4 pin power connector. I presume that's the power connector.
I have read if a non-Tandy drive is installed in the 2500 SX/20, it may fry the main board. I don't think new Tandy parts are available. Does anyone know if any 34 pin drive may be installed in any PC with a 34 pin cable? Will the Panasonic drive ruin my Tandy PC if installed? Does the Tandy need a drive that uses a particular OS, BIOS, etc.? Why would a non-Tandy drive ruin the main board?