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Old 28 February 2015, 02:11   #1
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New external floppy drives

New external floppy drive for Amiga is now available for preorder at RetroAmi! The drives are made by Sakura company, which previously successfully completed the project of PCMCIA SRAM expansions.

The new drives were previously discussed in this EAB thread and are compatible with all classic Amiga models equipped with external disk drive connector. The version avaialble in preorder will be shipped with PC drive mechanism, but behave exactly as original Amiga-style 880kB DD disk drives (thanks to flexibility of the interface board). Version with no floppy drive included, or with emulator installed is not available in preorder.

The picture displayed at RetroAmi shows a prototype. Final version will be painted black and have some minor case corrections.

The price in preorder is 195 PLN (around $53). Note that after preorder ends, the price will increase. The drives are covered by 24-months warranty and will be shipped to users late April.
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Old 28 February 2015, 09:36   #2
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I assume this company didn't make the actual drive. What drives are used?
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Old 28 February 2015, 10:25   #3
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The drives will be shipped with Sony MPF920 drive mechanism installed. They are NOS, guaranteed and delivered to us in original factory packaging.

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Old 02 March 2015, 14:28   #4
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Cool! I have never ordered from RetroAmi, but I just pre-ordered one. I still use floppies and a new compatible drive is a good thing.
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Old 02 March 2015, 15:39   #5
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Cool! I have never ordered from RetroAmi, but I just pre-ordered one. I still use floppies and a new compatible drive is a good thing.
Thank you!
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Thank you!
Thank You for making it!
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Old 24 April 2015, 12:32   #7
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The preorder will end on Tuesday, so anyone interested still have a few days to buy the drive at a reduced price of 48 EUR!

There was a small delay in the production, but it's almost done. We hope to start delivery to RetroAmi next week.













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Thanks for the Update. Looks Fantastic!

Looking forward to getting one.
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Old 27 April 2015, 04:54   #9
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It does look fantastic...a really nice retro product

I don't actually use floppies myself but it's always nice to see new retro hardware!
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Old 27 April 2015, 12:46   #10
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Thanks guys.

We focused on producing the highest possible quality product. I hope the users will be satisfied!
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Old 27 April 2015, 13:35   #11
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Congrats Strim ! This looks very good indeed. I'll have to scrape up some money to get me one of these
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Old 27 April 2015, 14:59   #12
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Seriously, that looks amazing! Congrats, strim!

What's next? An internal adapter board to use PC HD floppy drives as HD on Amiga?
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What's next? An internal adapter board to use PC HD floppy drives as HD on Amiga?
Next is finishing Decelerator 4030 .
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Next is finishing Decelerator 4030 .
True, gotta admit, the idea of running WHDLoad games on my A4000 without the usual incompatibilities the 040 comes with is a quite enticing idea
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Last week first drives were shipped to customers. If you already received it, I'm curious about your opinion!
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What's next? An internal adapter board to use PC HD floppy drives as HD on Amiga?
Would that be possible with a not-so-complex circuit?
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Last week first drives were shipped to customers. If you already received it, I'm curious about your opinion!
I just got a notice that mine is going through customs. Should hopefully have it next week sometime to test it out. Thanks!
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>Version with no floppy drive included, or with emulator installed is not available in preorder.

with all the Gotek frenzy going on, you may reconsider this position...?
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Old 22 May 2015, 19:21   #19
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The pre order period has already ended, soon the no-floppy-drive-included version will be available at RetroAmi.
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Old 22 May 2015, 23:34   #20
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Nice one!

Is there any chance you will do internal replacement drives for A500's?
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