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TEAC 1.44MB USB External Floppy Disk Drive (Black)

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Product Description

Product Description:
This portable USB 1.44 MB floppy disk drive is ideal for a laptop or a desktop that is missing a floppy drive. This portable floppy drive features a USB interface with a 1.5-foot cable and an attractive black profile. Take your floppy drive with you anywhere.

*Brand New
*Read/Write 1.44 MB floppy disk
*Eject button
*USB interface. USB 1.1/2.0 compatible
*OS Compatible: Windows ME/2000/XP/Vista/Win 7
*Ideal for Desktop, Laptop and mobile users
*Get power directly from USB port, no more external power needed
*High quality hard plastic enclosure, durable and very nice looking
*Light weight, easy to carry anywhere and use anywhere

package contents:
1 x External USB Portable 1.44 MB Floppy Disk Drive
1 x User Guide

This item is 100% Brand New. Never used. It comes with 3 Months Warranty by Seller.

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Technical Details

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Brand Name Teac
Item model number FD05PUB
Hardware Platform CONSUMER_ELECTRONICS
Item Weight 8.2 ounces
Product Dimensions 5.5 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 5.51 x 4.06 x 0.65 inches
Color Black

Additional Information

ASIN B000M3GODW
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4.0 out of 5 stars 942 customer reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #19 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > Floppy & Tape Drives
Shipping Weight 12 ounces
Date First Available December 19, 2006

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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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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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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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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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I either overlooked or it was not printed that this product does not work with Windows 7. Now I have a product that I cannot use that cost me more in s&h than it accually cost. This was something that I was really counting on too. Not a happy customer.
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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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