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    FDD adapters?

    Hey again everyone,
    I was wondering if anyone knows of any adapters for the 34 pin floppy plug in my motherboard. I am not going to use a floppy drive and I thought it would be cool if someone had an adapter to take it to maybe a memory card / compact flash slot or something? I have been searching and haven't seen anything yet.


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    well, the floppy drive plug is kinda old. They are pretty much obsolete.

    Most flash card / memory card readers though are USB and you will find a ton of them all over the place.

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    I know that, Thats why I thought someone may have come up with something useful that could plug into the same socket. Anything?

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    Nope. Only stuff i've seen is old tape drives. It's more or less been abandoned in favor of USB. Probably due to speed..

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    A few years back, they did have optical floppy drives that stored a good amount... 100 MB or so, off the top of my head. I believe they connected via the floppy drive controller, but I may be wrong there. Good luck finding them locally, though... they're probably found only online, and a quick Google didn't really get me much.

    Update: Nope... I was thinking of the Superdrive. Apparently it connects via standard IDE. I wonder if there wouldn't be some way (coding-wise) to make custom calls to the floppy drive controller to get it to do something with a device other than a floppy drive, but I imagine anything you wanted to do could be done easier some other way.

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    I believe the floppy controller would be too slow to really do anything. Anybody remember how long it took to copy one disk? On the order of the time it takes to copy a whole CD these days. I would personally vote for the floppy controller's abolishment from all new mobos, but too many morons still release utilities and boot disks that will only write themselves to floppy...

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    I thought that most of the speed issuse in floppy drives were do to it having a slow writeing speed. Just trying to get some use out of an empty socket. Thanks again.
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    .. what??

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    and you are asking in this thread because:-?
    2003 100th harley F-150
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    Yes, I am sure, I am not a dumbass. I have been a certified master mechanic for over 25 years and a geek for life.....Don't ya just hate idiots?
    2003 100th harley F-150
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