[Coco] 720k 3.5" floppies

Frank Swygert farna at att.net
Mon Nov 5 10:10:22 EST 2007

I know 720K 3.5" floppy (360K and 720K 5.25" also) are getting hard to 
find, but they are still available at reasonable prices. California 
Digital is one dealer I know that has them 
(http://www.cadigital.com/flopdriv.htm -- scroll down near the bottom of 
the page). 3.5"/720K are $29 (Sony 11W drives), Mitsubishi 501B 360K 
drives are $39, and TEC 501 180K drives are only $9. Only DECB users 
might want the single sided drives though, not much point in using them 
for OS-9. $40 for a 5.25" 360K drive might sound like a lot, but they 
aren't made any more! Finding good used ones is tough now too, not even 
the thrift stores usually have something that old, all computers I've 
seen there lately have at least 1.2M and 1.44M drives, and are usually 
Pentium class or better. Most of the 486 and lower machines are in the 
land fill or kept as collectibles. Interestingly I still see a good many 
486 laptops around though.

Frank Swygert
Publisher, "American Motors Cars" 
Magazine (AMC)
For all AMC enthusiasts
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