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Old 27 May 2013, 15:13   #1
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External floppy disk drive question

Model A1010:

1. Is the inside the same as with the internal floppies (shell). The reason I'm asking is, I would like to use its cover to put on my A600 internal floppy (missing cover)

2. How much extra memory does it take when plugged and can it be set thru the boot menu as a primary boot device (in case my internal floppy drive gets damaged ie. stops working)?

Basically, I could get one really cheap so I was wondering about how useful these generally are.

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Old 27 May 2013, 16:22   #2
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1. I think some external drives use PC drives, so it might not work with an Amiga drive. The cover alone might. Don't think there's a standard for covers, as the eject button is also different for all drives.

2. Yes, the external drive can be set as boot device, however most games/demos will not work from the external drive as they can be hard coded to read from df0:. Workbench and other DOS disks should work fine though.
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Old 27 May 2013, 16:46   #3
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Yup, the eject button (mechanism?) seems to be different. And it really looks like a PC drive. I'm holding them side by side for comparison

But if you can get one cheaply enough - go for it I have two, and I don't regret buying them. Externals are really useful. They can save time and some wear and tear of the internal drive.
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External floppy disk drive question

Er, the A1010 uses the same floppy drive in the A1000 -- huge, loud and found no where else. Do you mean the A1011 FDD? The slimmer, quiet and hard to find follow up replacement. Amigakit sells replacement FDDs for the A600.
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Old 27 May 2013, 17:33   #5
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^^No, I mean exactly the good old A1010.
This is the one I ordered for 19 euros:

http://www.njuskalo.hr/informatika-s...e-oglas-948209
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Old 27 May 2013, 18:06   #6
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External floppy disk drive question

1) The cover will not fit.

2) I believe it takes up about 5K in memory idle. It will be seen in the KS 3.1 Early Boot Menu, so you could select it as a boot drive. It will not fit in anything except a Big Box case, and then with modification. Standard Amiga FDDs are not PC drives and for the most part same for most external FDDs; thus they can be used to replace internal drives.

A500 and A3000 drives are identical except for the actual buttons (the A3000 button is slanted and hence, "cool").

"Hard coding" for DF0 could exist but mostly they just want to be in the Boot drive to load special code (boot block) to take over the system.

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^^Thanks for the info. I'll use it primarily for what it is: a secondary floppy drive.
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External floppy disk drive question

You may want to insulate it; the loud grinding noise is horrifying.
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