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Pros: Works OK with 1.44MB floppies (format/read/write)...for the moment.
Cons: * Does not recognize 720K disks (read/write/format). * Is a *USED* (or pulled) floppy drive installed in a USB case * Shows up as a "TEAC UF000x USB Drive" in Device Manager, but does *NOT* have a TEAC drive (read further down). * Many mis-leading model number labels on the bottom of the case. For example: ASM 27L4226 FRU 05K9283 Model No: FD05-PUB P/N: 19308801-19 (If you've worked in IT long enough, you'll recognize some of these as part numbers from IBM and TEAC). Including these part numbers is a common tactic used by companies selling "generic" products as searches are often done by part number.
Other Thoughts: I normally don't write reviews, but I decided to do this one in response to a "Customer question" e-mail from Newegg.
To confirm what others have noticed, this drive will *NOT* work with 720K Double Density disks. After receiving the request e-mail from Newegg, I decided to dig out some old 720K floppies (that took a while!) and test the drive against a Sony MPF-88E 2x USB floppy drive and a trusty old Teac FD235J 2.88MB "real" floppy drive (both long discontinued). The Sony and Teac drives handled the 720K disks without issue. This Nippon Labs drive refused to even recognize a formatted 720K disk stating it was unreadable.
To diagnose further, I took apart the housing (snap tight clamshell with one screw under the "QC" sticker) and was surprised by what I found...the actual drive itself was a YE Data YD-702J, not a TEAC drive as reported to Windows. YE Data was a decent manufacturer of floppy drives, so this isn't a problem. What *ARE* problems are the drive's date of manufacture (07/2005) and the condition of the drive (scratched, dirty, dented/mangled sheet metal cover). This drive was obviously previously used and repackaged as a "new" product in a USB clamshell housing with a USB to floppy circuit board interface.
As I could now tell it was an old, possibly used drive, I decided to clean the drive heads and re-try using 720K disks - no go. The USB interface board itself is tiny with one control IC, a 12MHz crystal, and several passive components, so it seems the interface has faulty code such that it won't work with 720K disks (someone probably forgot to add the 9 sector support as they never ever encountered a 720K disk!).
In summary, this drive is a cheap generic device with what appears to be "recycled" slim-line floppy drives repackaged in a clamshell with a USB interface. Definitely no better than the cheaper alternatives, especially if you expected to get a better quality unit for $30 (the price I paid).
I don't fault Newegg for selling this product - they sell way too many products to verify all of them. And Nippon Labs is just selling what they bought on the wholesale market - these look identical to other "generic" USB floppy drives I've seen on the internet...even down to the serial number (U356244).
So, in essense, BUYER BEWARE. Pick another product that isn't $30 and "recycled".
My qualifications: over 25 years working with computers in IT Sales, Desktop Engineering, and Consulting.
Reviewed By:Aaron H.,8/24/2016 2:29:30 AM
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Pros: I've had this drive for some time for those few moments when I need to work with a floppy. I recently upgraded to Windows 10 and have performed reads, writes and deletes to the drive with no problem.
Cons: Light-duty construction; I don't know how it would stand up to day-to-day use or being dropped but I haven't seen too many floppies lately. I haven't had any problems with it for occasional use.
Reviewed By:Anonymous,11/30/2015 1:03:44 PM
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