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Re: A new retro collection

Post by Lorfarius » Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:54 am

Been keeping an eye on eBay, think Speccy is the way I'm going to go with a +3. Just spotted this:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/AMSTRAD-SPECT ... 1c2908df0a

I have a few old Floppy drives at work from old PC's, looks easy enough to attach one of these. I could then load some old games onto a Floppy.
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Re: A new retro collection

Post by Antiriad2097 » Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:48 pm

Ooh, that's quite interesting, I didn't realise that's all it took. I've a few old PC floppy drives in the loft salvaged from dead PCs and at that price it'd be silly not to. It'll give me a use for the pile of 3.5" discs from the ST too, since most of those are filled with now redundant apps.
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Re: A new retro collection

Post by Lorfarius » Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:06 pm

I've found out since posting that you need to make sure the floppies and drive are the half size rather than 1.44MB.
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Re: A new retro collection

Post by Antiriad2097 » Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:28 pm

Not if you read the floppy drive hack thread in detail:
http://www.amibay.com/showthread.php?t=5544

The first step of the mod is disabling the high density detection of the HD drive so it operates in double density mode.

You can use high density floppies if you tape over the hole in one corner (as that's how the drive detects which has been inserted), but from experience with my ST I know that doing so isn't reliable. A high density disk pretending to be a double density one will often work for a short period, then without warning it'll become corrupt and/or unreadable. Better to get hold of some genuine double density disks and save yourself the pain. Not too hard to come by as they were the standard for Amiga and ST.
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