NEW GUIDE: Flippy Floppy Drive Modification #floppy #AdafruitLearningSystem @Adafruit

A 5.25 floppy disk labeled "Megaplay Volume 1 FLIPPY DISKETTE"

A new guide is in the Adafruit Learning System today:

Flippy Floppy Drive Modification

Some classic 8-bit systems’ floppy drives (notably: Apple, Atari, Commodore) did not have an index sensor and had only one read head. As a consequence, it was possible to flip a floppy over and use it to store additional data, a capability used by commercial software and home users alike. These were called “flippy floppies” or “flippies”.

But! You can’t read the flip side of these disks in an unmodified PC drive, even if you’re using archival software like FluxEngine or GreaseWeazle. This guide shows a self-contained and reversible modification for TEAC FD55-GFR drives that enables you flip your floppies like it was the 80s again, and get both sides backed up.


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