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Title: 8" floppy discs
Post by: GUNHED on 20:19, 27 August 19
See here:
https://www.ebay.de/itm/264444605632 (https://www.ebay.de/itm/264444605632)

Title: Re: 8" floppy discs
Post by: Ygdrazil on 09:23, 28 August 19

Great stuff.. Remember thoose huge drives from the early days...


But does anyone actually have a working 8" drive?


And does it work on the CPC?


/Ygdrazil

Quote from: GUNHED on 20:19, 27 August 19
See here:
https://www.ebay.de/itm/264444605632 (https://www.ebay.de/itm/264444605632)
Title: Re: 8" floppy discs
Post by: Bryce on 10:18, 28 August 19
I don't have one, but 8in drives should work without an issue on a CPC.

Bryce.
Title: Re: 8" floppy discs
Post by: robcfg on 12:47, 28 August 19
I do have such a drive, but haven't worked out yet how to connect it to anything...  :picard:
Title: Re: 8" floppy discs
Post by: GUNHED on 15:47, 28 August 19
Quote from: Bryce on 10:18, 28 August 19
I don't have one, but 8in drives should work without an issue on a CPC.

Bryce.

They work like HD drives. To connect them to a CPC it's needed to double up the FDC speed. In addition some minor changes must be made.

My 8" drive was running at a Genie IIIs, they had 1,7 MB formatted capacity. But they needed to go, because they do need lot's of space.

It's nice for a museum, but another thing for everyday usage.
Title: Re: 8" floppy discs
Post by: Gryzor on 16:19, 28 August 19
I'm guessing this isn't a CPC-related ad and should be moved to Other...
Title: Re: 8" floppy discs
Post by: GUNHED on 22:46, 28 August 19
Well, I know at least one person who did use an 8" floppy with an CPC (and no, the effort is not worth). But feel free to move the topic where you fell well with.  :)
Title: Re: 8" floppy discs
Post by: TotO on 22:54, 28 August 19
I know at less one person who did plug his SuperGrafX on its CPC!  ;D
Title: Re: 8" floppy discs
Post by: remax on 20:53, 12 September 19
Quote from: TotO on 22:54, 28 August 19
I know at less one person who did plug his SuperGrafX on its CPC!  ;D


On the screen or on the CPC ?


Cause i have connected a PS2 on the CPC screen....
Title: Re: 8" floppy discs
Post by: GeoffB17 on 22:57, 13 September 19
The first PC I had was a Canon AS-100, back in late 1987.   This had 8" disks (cannot remember if there was HD and one floppy, or two floppies.   The machine was loaned from my new job, to get familiar with one of the software projects I was to take over, but I thought the 8" disks were pretty cool.   I was already well used to the 5.25 disks (from my use of the HX-20 and my PCW), and of course the PCW had the 3" disks as well, but the 8" disks just looked so much - well - bigger!

In due course, the machine got taken away, and I had to go back to 5.25, then 3.5, etc, etc, but I always hoped to get 8" again.

A few years ago I inherited a box of new 8" disks, but never had anything to use them on.   Then I rescued a chunk of an IBM DisplayWriter system, comprising the drive unit (2 @ 8" drives, build like a battleship, totally separate component everything) but soon discovered that the drives were so far from compatible with anything that it would be impractical to do anything with it.   I've got the manual for it, but I think parts of the system are in the main unit which I did not keep.

Still, something to dream about, when I've got nothing better to play with?   Try to get the 8" drives working with my PCW?

Geoff
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