Adding a 5¼” floppy to a more modern laptop #VintageComputing
Have you ever wished you could read a 5.25″ floppy using a computer not designed to do so? (ed. note: me!!) Matt’s Tech Pages provides a solution:
For years now I’ve had a honking big Tandon TM100 360K 5¼” floppy drive which has been screaming out to be used, and there is something I’ve wanted to use it for – on a “go between” PC so I can shunt files to and from my XT era PCs which I tinker around with.
If only I could attach it to my Thinkpad 760 – which I can easily network, and has an external floppy connector.
The Thinkpad external floppy pinout
(On models which use a Thinkpad 760 type 26-pin mini-D ribbon connector) – Matt proudly announces:
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