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Old 5th Jul 2019, 8:10 am   #1
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Default Using 5.25-inch BBC Micro Floppy Drive with a PC

A while ago I picked up a dual 5.25-inch floppy drive off ebay, manufactured by Watford Electronics and intended for use with a BBC Micro. I stumbled across it again yesterday and in the interim I have bought a complete BBC B with a whole plethora of accessories, including another 5.25-inch floppy drive.

Since I now don't have a specific purpose for the first drive (I bought it because I knew I'd get a BBC Micro one day!), I am now wondering about the possibility of connecting it to a more modern PC (Windows XP, currently with a 3.5-inch drive). I know that basically doing the opposite - connecting a modern 3.5-inch floppy drive to a BBC Micro - can be problematic, but I was wondering if there are any issues that could be encountered when connecting the 5.25-inch floppy drive to the PC. It's got it's own power supply, so I'm not worried about it drawing an excessive current from the PC supply.
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