ribbon or cable needed for legacy Epson floppy drive combo

April 26, 2013 at 04:39:40
Specs: Windows XP
epson sd-700 sd-800 floopy drive combo 3.5 5.25. i bought the floopy drive but cannot find a ribbons or cable to connect to the 34-pin connector i bought. Again, but now i need a ribbon or cable that will connect to it.

ITS like somebody in the web said: epson does not help with legacy issues. thats their loss.

i await your replies.

thank you

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April 26, 2013 at 05:56:36
You need to explain better. What 34 pin connector did you buy?

Are you installing this drive in a desktop computer?

Does the desktop motherboard have a connector on it for a floppy drive?

Post the model of your computer or motherboard.

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April 26, 2013 at 06:07:50
Apparently you just need a standard 34-pin floppy drive ribbon cable, nothing special. It's hard to find new ones in shops now since floppy drives are obsolete, but you can pull one out of an old computer or buy one online from Amazon and other suppliers. See below:

Amazon UK:

Ebay US:

ComputerStar UK:

Google Search will turn up many more suppliers in your own country.

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April 26, 2013 at 09:53:59
Hi 4807, am unclear asto the Epson model number as you quote 2.
Think it is SD 800. Some pictures of front and rear might help

Presume you are installing in a desktop.

These combo devices use a standard floppy ribbon cable.
Some of these cables have 5 connectors which cover all possibilities:-

Drive A: 3.5" or 5.25"
Drive B: 3.5" or 5.25"


If the SD interface is the same as a 3.5" floppy drive a cable with only 2 or 3 connectors will be ok.

Your local PC Repair Shop probably has a box full of these cables from scrappers.

Seem to recall there was a difference in the power connection between 3.5" and 5.25" floppies.
If so, and a 5.25" connector is required, which your psu does not have, an adaptor or splitter is easily obtained.

Please advise back on progress.

As a matter of interest, where are you located? I am in Hammersmith, West London.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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April 26, 2013 at 16:03:57
You say you bought a 34-pin connector? In addition to the combo drive? If so was it a slide-on adapter for the older style cable?

Well anyway, you shouldn't need an adapter. Just a regular floppy cable as already mentioned. If you can't find one locally I've got boxes full of them.

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