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Categories > Floppy Drives > Nippon Labs > Nippon Labs 1.44MB External USB2.0 Floppy Drive Model USB-FLPY-DLOCK

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 Buyer Beware - will *NOT* work with 720K disks
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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Categories > Floppy Drives > BYTECC INC > BYTECC Black 1.44MB Internal Floppy Drive Model BT-145

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Oldie but goodie
Pros: Easy to install, reads all floppies in my collection - even some bad, scratchy ones that failed with other drives.
Cons: None. Zero. Zilch. Nada.
Other Thoughts: It's good to see old PC hardware like this still available brand new. Kudos to Newegg for making them available to us retro PC builders >;D
Reviewed By:Juan B.,6/25/2016 4:42:01 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > Floppy Drives > LINK DEPOT > Link Depot LD-USB-FLOPPY TRANSFER YOUR FILES FROM 3.5 inch FLOPPY TO COMPUTER W/ USB

Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4 back to the past
Pros: works. works good. works well

heck of a lot easier than setting up an old pc with a floppy drive just to pull off some old word documents from 2003
Cons: none
Reviewed By:Anonymous,4/20/2016 6:24:26 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
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Categories > Floppy Drives > LINK DEPOT > Link Depot LD-USB-FLOPPY TRANSFER YOUR FILES FROM 3.5 inch FLOPPY TO COMPUTER W/ USB

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Flippin floppies!
Pros: It works!
Self-powered, portable, faster than a speeding 5.25" floppy drive...
Ohhh the nostalgia, the floppy drive sounds, my old info that somehow is actually still accessible, etc.
Cons: I suppose the cable length could have an extra foot.
Other Thoughts: Bought for client using some legacy hardware, as a plan-B solution for sending files. (Toyota Embroider Machines.)
Reviewed By:Andrew W.,3/15/2016 2:13:00 PM
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Categories > Floppy Drives > Mitsumi > MITSUMI Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive Model D359M3D/D359M3B

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Still Kicking!
Pros: 13 years old and still reads floppies!
Cons: Who uses floppies anymore?
Other Thoughts: This is in my Dad's PC now. I decided to see if it still worked just for fun. Surprise! It does! Too bad you can't buy one anymore lol.
Reviewed By:Andrew A.,1/7/2016 8:51:00 AM
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Categories > Floppy Drives > BYTECC INC > BYTECC Black 1.44/1.25 MB 3.5" External USB Floppy Drive Model BT-144

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Win10 Compatible
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
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is average and has owned this product more than 1 year.
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Categories > Floppy Drives > Sony > SONY Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive Model MPF920 Black

Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4 Works Great!
Pros: Works as advertised
Cons: None yet
Reviewed By:Anonymous,10/14/2015 11:12:57 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product more than 1 year.
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Categories > Floppy Drives > LINK DEPOT > Link Depot LD-USB-FLOPPY TRANSFER YOUR FILES FROM 3.5 inch FLOPPY TO COMPUTER W/ USB

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 great floppy drive
Pros: plug and play, immediately recognized. reads my old floppies, and formats them. what more do you want?
Cons: none so far
Reviewed By:Anonymous,9/27/2015 1:02:09 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
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Categories > Floppy Drives > LINK DEPOT > Link Depot LD-USB-FLOPPY TRANSFER YOUR FILES FROM 3.5 inch FLOPPY TO COMPUTER W/ USB

Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4 My client loves it, I would not buy it for myself!
Pros: It's USB-powered, It's nice to have something like this, but I wish "internal" floppy drives were USB-powered!
Cons: If only it were an "internal" USB-powered Floppy Drive!
Other Thoughts: I would never buy a external USB-powered Floppy Drive for myself, this was purchased for my client whom I built a custom-PC for and he loves it!
Reviewed By:Anonymous,9/20/2015 1:01:56 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product less than 1 day.
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Categories > Floppy Drives > BYTECC INC > BYTECC Black 1.44/1.25 MB 3.5" External USB Floppy Drive Model BT-144

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 Broke my floppy.
Pros: Cheap.
Compatible with Linux.
Cons: Failed to eject floppy. Had to deconstruct it to remove my floppy. This broke the device.
Reviewed By:Anonymous,9/13/2015 12:53:25 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
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