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BYTECC Black 1.44MB Internal Floppy Drive Model BT-145

  • 1.44MB
  • 5.7" x 4.0" x 1.0"
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The BYTECC BT-145 features a high-speed transfer rate and 1.44MB capability. It comes with an LED activity indicator, and fits most cases with a 3.5" external drive bay. When you need to work with 3.5" Micro Floppy Disks, the BYTECC BT-145 is a good choice for you.

  • newegg Performance The BYTECC BT-145 comes with a 1.44MB capability, and reads and writes high-density 3.5-inch floppy diskettes at a high-speed transfer rate.
  • newegg Extra Front Bezels The BYTECC BT-145 comes with an additional couple of front bezels for a perfect match with your computer case.

Learn more about the BYTECC INC BT-145

Model

Brand
BYTECC
Model
BT-145

Spec

Panel Color
Black
Capacity
1.44MB
Interface
Internal
Media Type
3.5" Micro Floppy Disks
Operating Systems Supported
Mac OS 8.6/9.0/9.0.2/9.0.4/9.1
Win 98/2000/ME/XP/Vista

Physical Spec

Dimensions
5.7" x 4.0" x 1.0"

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Benjamin M.
  • 9/19/2014 12:38:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA Functional Floppy Disk Drive

Pros: This is a functional floppy disk drive with a conventional 34-pin data/control interface and a conventional 4-pin power input interface.

The legacy (ISA/LPC/Super I/O) floppy disk controller protocol has been thoroughly well-established for a very long time now. In fact, the technology is obsolescent. So, in my view, in order to get 5 stars, all the thing needs to do is work as described. This unit does work as described.

The dimensions of the drive are stable: it fit smoothly into the floppy drive slot in my case, all pin connectors fit smoothly ,and the mounting screw hole locations are where they should be. The bezels are easy to snap on and off, and fit snugly. The operation of the disk-grabbing mechanism and eject button is smooth and solid.

The drive successfully reads, writes and formats disks with no problem. The write-protect functionality works as designed. The indicator LED lights up appropriately when the drive is busy.

All in all, a functional floppy disk drive unit.

Cons: Slight residue and light dust on some internal surfaces of the unit.

Other Thoughts: Based on previous reviews, and considering the obsolescent nature of the technology, I had some concern that I might get a used or re-branded drive, but this appears to be a new or like-new unit. As described, it comes with three different bezels and matching eject buttons (black, neutral, silver). It also comes with four mounting screws.

As far as I can tell, this is the only current-manufacture floppy disk drive left on the market. The classic industry-standard Sony MPF-920 hasn't been manufactured for some time, and prices for new models of that drive are getting into vintage territory.

I'm grateful that Bytecc is carrying the torch for this legacy product. It's a relief and pleasure to see that they've created a successful, function version of the product.

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  • Ben P.
  • 7/21/2014 5:12:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFunctinal, sometimes

Pros: Works as intended, as long as you get a functional one.

Cons: Bought two at the same time. one tested fine, the other corrupted any disk it was fed. Returned and exchanged for a functional one.

Other Thoughts: I made the mistake of installing this in a case before testing it. I wasted a good hour on a non-functional device. Always test floppy drives for installation! Since they're uncommon these days, they're subject to manufacturing defects.

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  • Richard G.
  • 3/19/2014 11:04:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Ordered 2, one didn't work. Not worth sending in for an RMA as postage would cost as much as the drive

Cons: One DOA, not worth returning as it would cost what the drive was worth, just ordered another drive later.

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  • Nicholas W.
  • 3/15/2014 1:06:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt Works

Pros: It works.

Comes with silver, black, and grey face plates.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Does not come with any adapters. Make sure you buy everything you need to install.

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  • Freddy C.
  • 3/13/2014 10:11:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsbelieve or not

Pros: - One of my clients still needed this old technology
- Should cost $5.00 or free
- No issues
- Low rating because of being a floppy

Cons: - Its a floppy drive

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  • Richard H.
  • 12/27/2013 9:09:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs*NEEDS IDE, NOT SATA.

Pros: It comes with silver, white, and black. It's easy to install, if you have IDE.

Cons: When I opened the box, I face-palmed, because it was IDE, not SATA. I REALLY should have known it was IDE, not SATA. I had to buy a whole new IDE controller, and cables.

Other Thoughts: If I had had IDE, I would give this 4-5 Stars. I probably would not recommend this.

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  • Hunter H.
  • 12/1/2013 9:03:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsI guess it works. Possibly.

Pros: Works. Haven't done much testing for cross readability, but AFAIK it is an adequate drive.

Cons: Comes with three bezels (one reason I bought it). The silver one comes broken.

Other Thoughts: Way to give floppy drives a bad name. I wish I had a quality drive around before I bought this one.

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  • Julie C.
  • 7/18/2013 4:38:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsstink grit drive

Pros: you can un stink it

Cons: This floppy stunk right out of the box. I was afraid that I was not going to be able to use it due to it being constructed out of chinese fertilizer toxic stink plastic, but it turned out to be the grease used inside was almost as bad. opened up brand new drive and inside all surfaces are covered in what looks like some kind of WELDING GRIT a gritty yellowbrownish contamination on all horizontal surfaces. I disassembled the drive down to the springs, cleaned everything including the bad grease off, relubed it with american, and put it back together and now it is no longer apt to stink up this nice new rack server and or the whole room its in. it was a plus to not have chinese stink plastic in it but the insides... all gunked up... never seen anything like the insides of this "new" drive before...

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/23/2013 11:43:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTwo drives, neither work consistently.

Pros: Internal floppy drive for those who still need it.

Cons: Completely unreliable, to the point of uselessness. I ordered two of these, and both of them exhibit read errors, usually CRC failures. The disks work fine in my USB floppy drive on another computer. I tried these with different floppy cables and different floppy controllers. No setup would convince these drives to reliably read my known-good (verified with Spinrite, even) floppy disks.

Other Thoughts: The two drives that came were in the same cardboard box, but had different faceplates. The LED panel was larger one one, and in a different spot. The data cable connector and power connectors were on different spots. BYTECC must be grabbing whatever they can, without any sort of quality control, shoving them in boxes, and shipping them.

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  • George L.
  • 10/15/2012 7:20:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFloppy

Pros: Took it back to old school and definitely does NOT make the noise they used to.

Cons: None

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