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TEAC 1.44MB USB External Floppy Disk Drive (Black)

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Brand New USB External 1.44MB 3.5" Floppy Drive Color: Black General Features: # USB interface # 1.44 MB disk capacity # Perfect for notebook users # 2 ft long USB cable # PC and Macintosh compatible Works with Windows 7 as well.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 4.1 x 0.6 inches ; 8.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • ASIN: B000M3GODW
  • Item model number: FD05PUB
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (678 customer reviews)
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3.6 out of 5 stars

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280 of 289 people found the following review helpful By P. Bloodworth on March 4, 2010
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I found a box of old 3 1/2 inch floppy discs from a PC I had ten years ago and thought it would be a good idea to find out whether there was anything of value on them. The floppy drive as advertised is generic, but for less than $20.00 it was worth taking a bit of a chance. It arrived quickly and turned out to have been made by Teac, already a good start. Very conveniently, it connects to and is powered by a single USB port and, although it did come with an installation disc, my Vista operating system immediately found the appropriate drivers. It accepted, read, and cleanly ejected each of the floppy discs with zero glitches or problems so I would recommend this drive with no reservations. Of course, there was nothing worth saving on any of the discs but now I'm well equipped to deal with the past.
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469 of 491 people found the following review helpful By Seth on March 13, 2011
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Ordered 2 of these USB external floppy drives. Both worked as a bootable "A:" drive for DOS boot disks. However, I was doubtful that these were really TEAC built drives from the start, especially because other sellers are selling what looks to be the same drive with a generic brand listing. It only took a quick glance at the disk slot to tell that there was a difference in design of the internal drive, as one had a flat slot door while the other had a curved slot door. So, I disassemble the enclosures. Each is held together by interlocking plastic tabs and a single screw that is under the small QC sticker near the cable port. It turns out that neither had a TEAC manufactured drive inside. Rather, both of mine were made by YE-DATA. Oddly though, each one was a different YE-DATA model/design. Further, both looked rather old and used, having scratches, bends, and/or dents. I am firmly convinced that all these units are merely generic, USB enclosures into which used/refurbished laptop drives are inserted and resold as new. One internal drive looked like it had been through a tornado, so definetly not new internals! The other had a manufacturer's date of 2002, so again definetly not new internals! On another note, a few of the interlocking tabs broke when I disassembled the enclosures, so when I put them back together, they don't fit as tightly as they should. Just an FYI, if you decide to disassemble yours...

It will be interesting to find out if the USB controller board can be detached and plugged into a different laptop drive and still function correctly. Both of mine appear to have the standard laptop ribbon cable interface. As soon as I get the chance, I'll test it.
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful By PJB on May 18, 2011
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This drive isn't exactly the life changing innovation the advertisement leads one to believe it is.

Some similar drives might, however, fit the bill. Here's the program, as far as I can figure it out:
Several drives in similar enclosures are available from many off-shore manufacturers, with many brand names. Most have the same model number. It appears that this drive is an OEM drive, built by whomever with any drive, case & chipset that prices well on any given day.
Some combinations might work out very well, some not so much.

This drive is advertised as Teac. In reality, it is a mystery-brand case, an unknown chipset and a NEC drive inside (so the computer tells me). When you see other drives similar to this one, it is a throw of the dice as to which drive is inside and which chipset runs the gizmo. They are usually OEM style- Some are branded, such as IBM.

Here are my experiences with this particular unit:

THE GOOD-
A) The case seems very sturdy and - to my eyes- nice looking.
B) My wimpy USB port on my MacBook Pro (500mW) has no trouble spinning the drive.
C) It is really funny to read the pamphlet that comes with the drive. The translations are creative. For example the title is
"Roarable Disk Drive" or something like that.
D) Windows XP found a driver for it on its own, but there are quirks- See crabby complaint item "I" below
E) Mac OS X needed no driver, but it won't read older Mac floppies. I don't remember the specification that it can't read.
Sorry about that. I was being very selfish and didn't write it down so you all would know. How Rude of Me!

THE BAD-
A) It does not, not, not come with a driver disk.
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84 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Papa Larry H. on August 20, 2007
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1.44MB USB External Floppy Drive (Black)
I bough this disk drive to use in conjunction with my laptop computer. I have a older digital camera (Sony) that I just love. The only source of memory is the 1.44mb floppy disks. The device is a very plain and simple one. Nothing fancy.But it serves my needs perfectly. The price is right. I would recommend it to anyone. Papa Larry
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Bears Fan Jim on November 12, 2009
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I had forgotten how noisy and slow floppy drives are, but if you need to get some info from an old floppy disk, then this drive may be your answer....the price is right, and I copied 11 floppies w/o any apparent problem.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By M. Dermody on November 29, 2010
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Though the item description says it works with Windows 7, it doesn't. It perpetually says the disk is unformatted, even after you format it. Waste of time and money.
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