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Old 07 June 2010, 13:55   #1
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Noisy floppy drive or drive not reading properly HD disks?

I'm going to make a decision to choose between two A500 floppy drives I'm going to use in my Amiga:

1. A very noisy one. This reads all the DD & HD disks I've tested. Also reads fine all the games that I know are picky and won't work with all Amiga's old floppy drives. So works perfectly but is really old and makes terrible loading noise and also the idle noise is very loud.

OR should I use a drive #2:

2. Works OK and keeps much less noise but won't read properly wide scale of newer HD disks like Verbatim, Fujifilm, Canon etc. etc.

So should I listen noise and enjoy fully working disks and games or should I use silent drive and throw away or at least unuse about 1/4 of all of my game floppy disks or try to copy them to old and unrealible DD disks...

Which one of these two drives YOU would use in A500?
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The quiet one, and pick 5-10 disks that work and put away the remainder. All software is on ADF these days, right, so I copy the ADF from my PC hard drive, to Amiga, then to disk as I need it and re-use the same disks over and over.

Meanwhile I would save some coins and search for a new/replacement floppy drive. Ideally you want a quiet drive that reads all disks...
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I'ts everything else than an easy task to find a fully working old Amiga floppy drive these days. There's of course these new ones but I wouldn't want to spent about 50 euros to buy a such. I like to hassle with these old things and try to build a decently working A500
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http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ORIGINAL-COMM...item23078cd3de


http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Floppy-Disk-D...item5d2964c6d6


http://cgi.ebay.com.au/INTERNES-FLOP...item439f8b6611


All much less than 50 euro
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Yeah, but do they work 100% correctly? I've seen so many 80% - 90% working Amiga floppy drives in my life...

Funny thing: All those floppy drives in the e-bay pictures are made by CHINON. I think those are the last one to survive...
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