All this was nearly fifteen years ago, so the details are a little fuzzy. As
I recall, the regular floppy controller in an IBM PC could not control an 8"
drive. I don't recall why. I wanted to be able to read the 8" floopies used
by my Seattle Gazelle, so I bought a controller that promised to work. It
didn't. The vendor tried to update the device driver, but it never worked.
The Gazelle has always remained a "data island".
--- Chris M <chrism3667@...
> Dude, the NEC APC (numero uno) used 8" floppers. So did the Xerox 8/16 I'm
> told, and no I never did get to pick it up :(. This summer, I'm probably
> going to take the drive to pick up an APC or 2. Examining it's innards
> might help with the present conundrum. Won't be immediate though.
> Did you ever get my e-mail by the way?
> Jim Scheef <jscheef@...> wrote:
> Am I reading this correctly that you have an 8" floppy working in a PC? I
> never able to make this work despite purchasing a "special" floppy
> that was supposed to work with both 5 1/4" and 8" drives. What controller
> you using for the 8" drive?
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