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Does a drive (or a drive with an adapter) exist to read 5.25 floppy disks on a modern motherboard?

Does a drive (or a drive with an adapter) exist to read 5.25 floppy disks on a modern motherboard?

I have a friend that has a bunch of old 5.25's he'd like to read.

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Guest [Entry]

"Most motherboards still have IO controllers that support these drives, you just don't get an appropriate cable supplied with them (you used to get a cable that would fit either a 3.5"" drive or a 5.25"" one, these days you get cables that are missing the extra adaptor).

You should be able to get a cable from a supplier somewhere, or find on old one hidden away in the back of a draw or in an old machine. If you are in the UK I could drop one in the post for you for nowt - I think I've got a few of the things in my ""bits that probably should have been thrown two house moves ago""!.

Of course you are going to need a working drive too, and you have to hope that the content is still readable on the disks after all this time..."
Guest [Entry]

Are they 5.25 disks for PC or Apple? The track alignments were different between the computers so you won't be able to read Apple disks on a PC. But if they were for a PC then you should not have a problem getting a 5.25 drive working (assuming you have one.)