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Windows 7: DOS anyone?

23 Sep 2019   #31
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

3.5" (1.44MB) and 5.25" (1.2MB) floppy drives...if anyone ever finds a usb connect version for 3.5 and 5.25, email or pm or post -- I want to buy a working device.


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28 Sep 2019   #32
TechnoMage2016

Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x86
 
 

There was one major problem with the old 'Floppy Disk Drives'. They would get worn, or just dirty, and go out of alignment, and then a drive would only read the disks that it wrote.

I was dealing with that on the C-1541 5.25" disk drives on the Commodore 64 system. I learned how to re-align the read head on the C-1541, and then translated that talent to the IBM 5.25" floppy disk drives, both full height and then 1/2 height. Once I figured out how to make and install a "Quiet Stop" for the C-1541, drive mis-alignment became a thing of the past, at least for me and my customers. Those were the days!

I made a friend at Verbatim, and got my hands on an Alignment disk & program from them. I re-aligned dozens of IBM floppy disk drives, back in the day.

What most people don't realize is that the CD drives, that we depend on so much today, and just take for granted, can fail because of the same things. In addition to just getting out of alignment, they also have the problem of the Laser Diode in the Read/Write head, drifting off frequency. I have a DVD drive here that was made in May of this year, that I bought in June, and it's already exhibiting that failure. Also, it's a very reputable brand, so it goes back to the old saying, "Stuff Happens". Eh?

I have two of the 3.5" external drives, that plug in to a USB port. But, neither of them is reliable. I think it's time to open them up and clean and oil them. Or, just buy a new one. Eh?


I still have just ONE PC left, that has a floppy disk port on the motherboard. I don't use it much though.


I've pretty well given up the old Floppy Disk, for the NON-Mechanical USB Flash Drive. And I love how the cost for Flash Drives has come down to realistic prices. A while back, I was in a Office Depot store, and I picked up several SanDisk Cruiser Blade, 32 GB FD's, for just $5 each.



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28 Sep 2019   #33
TechnoMage2016

Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x86
 
 
I done did it!

I done it, or I did it, or maybe I just Done Did It!


I formatted a SCMC (SD memory card, like work in my camera) using a little program from HP, called the "HP USB Format program". It formats the USB device, then adds the three DOS files required to make it boot up a PC to the DOS prompt. As it runs, it asks me where to find the three DOS files, which I keep in a separate folder on my HD.

So once I had my little SD card formatted, I copied all the files from my Ghost Boot CD to the SD card, and now I have a tiny little SD card that will boot up my PC, and present me with the Ghost menu, where I can run my Ghost backup program or several other DOS programs.

DOS is still alive and well, and still as useful as ever, if we can just remember how to use it.

Cheers Mates!
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