Floppy drive enclosure

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Re: Floppy drive enclosure

Postby BillO » May 9th, 2022, 4:54 pm

The FD-500 had a lot of vents in it. Near the front and back on the top as well as running down both sides. I had one of those new in the late 80s. It got quite warm with two drives, but you could certainly get away without a fan. I had put one in anyway. The FD-501 I have now has just a small amount of vents on the sides near the back. There are vents on the bottom too but they are mostly blocked by teh transformer. I think the FD-502 at last put some vents along the top at teh back, right?

The FD-501 is definitely the worst. There was no actual place for a fan. I just put the fan up against one side where the vents are. Before I did that it got hot!
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Re: Floppy drive enclosure

Postby Ttpilot » May 10th, 2022, 12:05 am

I didn't get the Tandy FD case, but I picked up a Sun Microsystems two-bay tape backup case. Same form factor I think, so I should be able to get the drives into it
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Re: Floppy drive enclosure

Postby Wayne Parham » May 16th, 2022, 5:23 pm

Ttpilot - Did you win that case?

I stayed off the bids on that one - so we weren't bidding against one another - but now I'll be on the lookout for an attractive case like that.

I think I'm going to try this case:

KRI Computer CK7021 two-bay case

Not sure if it's any good - trying it blind - but I see 'em on eBay and elsewhere for about eighty bucks.
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