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March 12, 2005, 10:34 pm
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Re: Re: Floppy Drive Cable????
The twist in the cable can be done so that FDD 0 is at the end, and FDD 1 is
the next one. This has to do with how the cable was designed. If you don't
like it, then use a non-twisted cable, and start messing around to set the
Re: Re: Re: Floppy Drive Cable????
You know - I had forgotten. Back in the days of the larger 5 1/4 FDD,
there were many times I had two FDDs installed. One on A: and one on
B:. You had to connect the two drives to the two connectors on the
FDD cable - I always connected the 3 1/2 as A: drive on the end of the
cable, after the twist, and the 5 1/4 as B: to the connector before
the twist. Of course, the BIOS had to be set to accept & recognize
both the FDDs. I used this configuration to copy disks. I see no
reason that two 3 1/2 FDDs couldn't be connected similarly. Haven't
tried it in years though.
Re: Floppy Drive Cable????
It's not necessary for B: but is for A:.
Normally the floppy drives are numbered 0-3 (pins 10, 12, 14, and 6,
respectively) and connected to a straight-through cable and selected by
jumpers, making A: 0, B: 1, etc. But IBM decided to set all of them as
1 (the second drive) and use the twist in the cable to distinguish A:
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