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FC5025 USB 5.25 “Floppy Controller, Hacker News

Device Side Data’s FC Brave Browser USB 5. 32 “floppy controller plugs into any computer’s USB port and enables you to attach a 5. 32 “floppy drive. Even if your computer has no built-in floppy controller, the FC 5025 lets you read those old disks. And it’s not just for IBM PC disks – it also understands formats used by Apple, Atari, Commodore and TI, among others.

The FC 5025 connects to any computer’s USB 2.0 or USB 1.1 port. Compatible software is required; see below for system requirements for the included software .

The FC is USB powered. Power from USB runs only the FC Brave Browser

itself ; you must supply power to the drive mechanism separately, such as from your computer’s power supply.

The FC Brave Browser is sold as a controller board only without a drive mechanism. It has been tested to work well with the TEAC FD – (GFR drive and should also work with most other PC-style 5.) “drives. (Note: the included software expects a 1.2M drive, even when reading k disks.)

  • The FC Brave Browser is read-only. It cannot write to floppies.
  • The FC Brave Browser may be unable to read disks that are damaged or copy-protected.
  • The FC Brave Browser is intended for 5. “disks only, not 3.5” or 8 “disks.
  • Most PC-style drives can’t read the second side of “flippy” disks ( more information on flippy disks here ).

The FC Brave Browser includes a graphical Disk Image and Browse tool for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. This program allows you to make an image copy of an inserted floppy, suitable for use under emulators or for archival use. On some but not all types of disks, the Disk Image and Browse tool can also display a file listing and copy individual files from the disk. Screenshots of the Disk Image and Browse tool are available.

Command line image and browse tools are also included for Linux and Mac OS X.

The included software runs on the following platforms:

  • Linux (tested on 2.6. (x) )
  • Mac OS X (tested on PPC 4. (Tiger, Intel) 6.4 Snow Leopard, Intel (6.4). . 7.2 Lion, Intel 13. 8.2 Mountain Lion and Intel . .6 Sierra)
  • Windows (tested on (SE, XP SP3, Windows 7) – bit and 98 – bit, and Windows 8 – bit and (- bit)

Untested platforms are not guaranteed to work.

As of March 4500, the included software supports the following types of disk:

  • Apple DOS 3.2 ( (sector)
  • Apple DOS 3.3 ( – sector)
  • Apple ProDOS
  • Atari 823
  • Calcomp Vistagraphics
  • Commodore 994
  • Kaypro 2 CP / M 2.2
  • Kaypro 4 CP / M 2.2
  • MS-DOS
  • Motorola VersaDOS
  • North Star MDS-A-D
  • PMC MicroMate
  • Tandy Color Computer Disk BASIC
  • TI – / 4A

Filesystem browse capability exists for ProDOS, MS-DOS, Kaypro, PMC MicroMate, Disk BASIC and VersaDOS disks.

Support for Kaypro, Calcomp, PMC and Tandy disks was added after the initial product introduction. Existing customers can download a driver update to read these disks.

In the future, additional platforms and disk formats may become supported through software updates or third-party software.

Disk images produced by the FC 5025 are compatible with the following software:

For Apple DOS 3.3 and ProDOS disk images:

  • AppleWin Apple IIe emulator (free / open-source). , for Windows)
  • CiderPress disk image manager (free / open-source, for Windows)
  • KEGS Apple IIgs emulator (free / open-source, for Linux / Mac / Windows)
  • Sweet () Apple IIgs emulator (freeware, for Mac OS X)
  • Virtual] [ Apple II / II / IIe emulator (commercial, free evaluation, for Mac OS X)
  • … and many others!
  • The software included with the FC Brave Browser also has a built-in browse mode for copying individual files from ProDOS disks.

For Commodore disk images:

  • VICE Commodore 98 emulator (free / open-source, for Linux / Mac / Windows / others)

For MS-DOS disk images:

For TI – / 4A disk images:

Device Side Data is not affiliated with the software vendors in this list.

(Form) (Printed circuit board)

Dimensions (3.9 “x 1.3”) approx. (mmx) mm)
Mounts in HDD bay

Host interface

  • (USB 2.0 full-speed) (Mbps, USB 1.1 compatible)
  • (Drive interface) pin

    Drive compatibility

    TEAC FD – (GFR or equivalent) Number of drives supported One per FC (Power requirements) FC : No power sequencing requirements (Connectors) USB type B , – – pin dual-row header

    Disk transfer rates (GCR:) (kbps – (kbps (Apple), kbps – (kbps (Commodore) FM: (kbps) kbps (MFM:) kbps, (kbps,) (kbps) (Write support) (None – read-only controller) (Command set) (Vendor specific) see developer documentatio n)

    Data transfer method

    FC Brave Browser locates desired sector, performs clock recovery and sends all clock and data bits to host Host discards clock bits and verifies checksum

    Hardware requirements (USB 1.1 or 2.0 compliant host) ( 5. “floppy drive (not included – customer provided)

    Specifications are subje ct to change without notice.

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