This rather generic USB Floppy Drive has just arrived for me to review. It’s sold by Dainty / ChuangZhiJLB – but it has the same internals as every other floppy drive on the market.
It worked instantly in Linux and MacOS. Shows up as a USB drive. Shove a disk in there and your OS should automagically mount it.
Appears to draw about 500mW in power. The disk read and write speed is pretty good considering the medium. It only takes a few seconds to read the entire disk.
Absolutely no bells and whistles. You get a drive, and a small paper manual. Which basically says “plug it in”.
The casing shows P/N: 19308801-19, S/N: U356244 – but inside it’s a TEAC. The plastic casing comes off pretty easily with a spludger. There’s a screw under the QC sticker – but I only found that out after ripping it open! Ooops!
Inside is a what looks like a pretty old floppy disk. P/N 19307588-21. S/N 9448981. TEAC FD-05HG 8821. Originally from a laptop, I think.
The drive is connected to USB via this little circuit board attached to the ribbon cable.
That’s a UF001F USB Floppy converter which costs about ¥20 (£2.50).
For Linux nerds like me, it shows up as
0644:0000 TEAC Corp. Floppy.
Some people have had problems with this device, but it worked perfectly on a modern Ubuntu install.
lsusb info is:
Device Descriptor: bLength 18 bDescriptorType 1 bcdUSB 1.10 bDeviceClass 0 bDeviceSubClass 0 bDeviceProtocol 0 bMaxPacketSize0 64 idVendor 0x0644 TEAC Corp. idProduct 0x0000 Floppy bcdDevice 2.00 iManufacturer 1 iProduct 2 iSerial 0 bNumConfigurations 1 Configuration Descriptor: bLength 9 bDescriptorType 2 wTotalLength 0x0027 bNumInterfaces 1 bConfigurationValue 1 iConfiguration 0 bmAttributes 0x80 (Bus Powered) MaxPower 500mA Interface Descriptor: bLength 9 bDescriptorType 4 bInterfaceNumber 0 bAlternateSetting 0 bNumEndpoints 3 bInterfaceClass 8 Mass Storage bInterfaceSubClass 4 Floppy (UFI) bInterfaceProtocol 0 Control/Bulk/Interrupt iInterface 0 Endpoint Descriptor: bLength 7 bDescriptorType 5 bEndpointAddress 0x82 EP 2 IN bmAttributes 2 Transfer Type Bulk Synch Type None Usage Type Data wMaxPacketSize 0x0040 1x 64 bytes bInterval 0 Endpoint Descriptor: bLength 7 bDescriptorType 5 bEndpointAddress 0x01 EP 1 OUT bmAttributes 2 Transfer Type Bulk Synch Type None Usage Type Data wMaxPacketSize 0x0040 1x 64 bytes bInterval 0 Endpoint Descriptor: bLength 7 bDescriptorType 5 bEndpointAddress 0x83 EP 3 IN bmAttributes 3 Transfer Type Interrupt Synch Type None Usage Type Data wMaxPacketSize 0x0002 1x 2 bytes bInterval 127
Not the world’s most exciting bit of tech, but handy for recovering anything from old disks.
Thanks to @Gas_Liverpool for sending me some old floppies!