USB 5 1/4″ Floppy Drive

I know it sounds off-topic, or that I have a fetish with all things vintage, but the reality is that a lot of my EPROM data and other files were kept on 5.25″ floppy disks back in the 80’s. Getting at these files has been somewhat painful. But now I have compiled the parts to built my very own USB Floppy drive for 5-1/4″ disks. And it works!

Now I just need an enclosure to make it a bit more transportable. So if anyone in OC-land or LA-ville needs to read a floppy, I can do it!

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7 Responses to USB 5 1/4″ Floppy Drive

  1. Andrew says:

    Would you mind sending the specs? I have an old 5 1/4 drive that I need to convert to USB. I do not mind building it or if your costs are reasonable I might pay you to make me one and ship it to Boston. I would prefer the do it yourself route though.

  2. Can you send a scribble? This sound useful to me. Better than copying all my disks to cd! I can make up a board.

  3. grantb4 says:

    Hi, I don’t know what a scribble is. It was difficult to gather the parts and get it to work… there is no easy paint-by-numbers solution that I know of.

  4. Sean Ackley says:

    I would also be interested in looking at what you have. If you could just write down the basic components, motherboard/hardware, flash disk, etc, you used to make this, I would like to see if I can replicate it. I have a PC integration and sysops background. I am pretty sure I could do this with the right inspiration.

    Please send private mail, or update here on the blog, either will do.


  5. grantb4 says:

    There is a board available that works with some 5 1/4″ drives, FC5025, from . You take the board, a power supply and a supported drive and you are off to the races. The software is kind of crude, but it works.


  6. Bobby says:

    So… can you show us what you made? Or not?

  7. grantb4 says:

    I have updated the original post with photos.

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