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Amstradman:
hi guys great site! ;D  do anyone know if its at all possible to somehow hook up a amstrad fd-1 disk drive to a laptop to transfer disk images from the internet to real 3" disk? i am thinking may be usb somehow? or is it possible to rip out the 3" drive from the fd-1 and fit a 3.5" pc floppy drive? would it be a straight fit (a part from the size diffrance) i have the dd-1 interface, if so what floppy should i be looking for?
also do anyone have a tidy looking 6128 for sale in the uk or a dktronics 64k ram extension for a 464, no such luck on ebay  :'(  payment by paypal of course  ;D

mr_lou:

--- Quote from: amstardman on 15:22, 17 July 09 ---hi guys great site! ;D  do anyone know if its at all possible to somehow hook up a amstrad fd-1 disk drive to a laptop to transfer disk images from the internet to real 3" disk? i am thinking may be usb somehow? or is it possible to rip out the 3" drive from the fd-1 and fit a 3.5" pc floppy drive? would it be a straight fit (a part from the size diffrance) i have the dd-1 interface, if so what floppy should i be looking for?

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Welcome to the forum.

Have a look in the Wiki for schematics on how to connect a 3.5" drive to your CPC.
http://cpcwiki.eu/index.php/3%C2%BD%22_%26_5%C2%BC%22_Disk_Drives

You can also buy these cables on eBay, and other places. (I'm sure other members will post the links soon).

Personally I made my own cable for my CPC464.
http://dewfall.dk/other/diskdrive01.jpg
http://dewfall.dk/other/diskdrive02.jpg

Amstradman:
many thnaks for quick reply, that looks like the cable i need! but i am no good with a soldering iron, so hopefully i can buy one pre made? i will check back later to see if the good people on this fourm could post  a link to somone selling them pre made
thnaks

Gryzor:
Hello amstardman (amstard? Maybe you'd want me to change your name? :D ),

There used to be a guy on ebay that made serial cables for your CPC to communicate with your PC, but that was about it. I haven't seen any other ready-made cables... maybe you'd be lucky to find a 3.5" drive for your CPC, although it'd cost a pretty penny (upwards of €50 probably...). Sorry!

Amstradman:
hi if u could change my name that would be great i was in a hurry when i joined the other day, i dont spouse u got the sellers ebay user id? so i could email him and ask if he could do a one off cable? its a shame there is no real easy way to get connected, all through i like the ideal of writing my own 3" disk better.
y is it everytime i come up to this site my avg anti virus detects a threat??

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