[Coco] Re: atari USB device

John R. Hogerhuis jhoger at pobox.com
Tue Nov 23 13:58:29 EST 2004

Well if we get USB storage working, why not just convert the disks to
floppy images on flash drive or 3.5" USB floppy drive, or USB hard
drive, and not hook up the 5.25"?

Just have to ask someone else for disk images, or once-in-a-while pull
out the 5.25" drive to transfer an image from a real disk.

Or you could put a slim 5.25" disk in a PC and use that for making
conversions to 3.5", flash, or hard disk.

-- John.

On Tue, 2004-11-23 at 03:55, farna at att.net wrote:
> I'd like to see the USB device as a replacement for the disk controller, even if it was limited to that. The only problem I can see is that only 3.5" 1.44M floppy drives are available USB ready. There are USB cases for 5.25" devices, but all are for IDE or SATA devices. So a USB conversion interface would have to be made for 5.25" drives for backwards compatibility. Okay, maybe replacing the disk controller entirely isn't a good idea! But replacing the IDE controller is. It would make things much simpler! I know attaching a USB keyboard sounds great, but that might be a bit difficult to interface and wouldn't have as much appeal as disk and optical drives, especially if the type of drive didn't matter. 

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