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March 26, 2009 at 23:48:40
Specs: Windows XP
I have salvaged a Teact 5.25 FD 55GFR from a dead computer and want to run it as an external device that would connect to my PC via usb. Is there a cable with a floopy connector at one end and a usb at the other? Would it work with the Teac and a pc running windows XP? Or to my Dell with Win. 98?

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March 27, 2009 at 00:00:11
5.25" floppy ddrives are pretty open devices. I wouldn't recommend trying to use one without some type of enclosure.

What is the purpose of using it anyway, if I can ask?

I really doubt you will find a cable that will run a 5 1/4 floppy drive externally. Why not try to fit it internally? The main thing is to verify your BIOS can be set to use it.

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March 27, 2009 at 11:57:20
Thanks for responding. I need to read old 5.25 floppies. I also wanted to run the Teac on several different PCs at different locations, including a laptop. Forgive my ignorance, but how woud I determine if the BIOS on a particular PC could could handle the Teac? Are enclosures available? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

If I have to install it internally on a machine, I have two possibilities, one running XP, the other 98. Which would work best? Thanks. --Cy

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March 27, 2009 at 12:21:52
To answer your first question. Boot into the BIOS and see what options are available for floppy drives. Do you know what capacity 5 1/4 drive you have. They came 360K or 1.2M. If those choices are available then you can use the drive on that computer. Also, if you want to mount permanently you would need a BIOS that allows TWO floppies, I would assume.

That would be one 5 1/4 & one 3 1/2. The older computer will be more likely to have a floppy controller that can handle the 5 1/4 but if the WinXP computer has the options I would use that one and then just network any other computers you need to work with the 5 1/4 floppies.

If you share that drive you can access it from any computer on the network. No need to install to that particular machine.

In order to install both types of floppies you will need to have the correct type of power connectors available and also a floppy cable with both the connectors for 3 1/2 & 5 1/4 drives.

Going back to the type of 5 1/4 you have, it is most likey a 1.2M capable drive, which should read 360K, and if memory serves me 720K as well as the 1.2M.

Look at the link below for more info on the variations in 5 1/4 floppies.

As far as mounting internally, the drive should mount in any 5 1/4 drive bay which is the same size used for optical drives. Keep in mind the 5 1/4 needs to be mounted close to the 3 1/2 floppy drive because the same cable serves both.

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March 27, 2009 at 12:27:56
"I also wanted to run the Teac on several different PCs at different locations, including a laptop"
This is not practical as you would need to open each box in order to connect the 5.25inch floppy cable to the motherboard. There are no usb options to do this as the 5.25 cable is different from the standard 3.5inch.
I can't even imagine trying to do this with a laptop.
I can not see any logical reason for attemting this, as if the information on these floppies can be vied correctly, then they can simply be coppied to a cd, usb stick or standard 3.5inch floppies, which in turn can be easily connected without the associated problems.
As to the bios, enter the bios screen and under floppy drive options, cycle through the menu and look for 1.22mb setting.

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March 27, 2009 at 12:49:12
Hey, thanks a million. My eternal gratitude for such an informative and crisp response.

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March 27, 2009 at 12:58:37
You are welcome. Keep in mind that even if you get a drive working the data may be corrupted or if the format is not a PC format you may not be able to recover the data.

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