internal 3.5 1.44mb floppy in a G4B&W or G4 mac?

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  1. supernova777 macrumors member

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    has anyone ever accomplished this?
    yes i know i can get a usb floppy drive but i really would rather it in the tower itself under the cd tray rather then the zip drive that is there now..
    alot of hardware i get comes with drivers on floppies + obscure software bought from ebay etc

    i was talking to a friend about the possibility of using a imation superdrive
    as a floppy drive he said that it connected via standard 40pin IDE

    anyone have any experience ?
    im hoping to hear a yes..;) dont wnat to waste my time..
     
  2. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    I really don't think that there's any way a traditional floppy drive would be possible. Even if it was, it wouldn't work under OS X.

    An LS-120 drive in place of the ZIP drive might be doable. Let me dig out an internal one(I think I have a few around somewhere) and I'll experiment and see what I find.
     
  3. DZ/015 macrumors 6502a

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    I hope you have luck with this. I haven't.

    I have tried using an LS-120 ata drive mounted inside a beige G3 and a B&W with no luck. Was not seen with the following: 10.2, 9.1, 8.6. I was tempted to mount a usb drive internally and connect it to a usb pci card, but I never obtained a usb floppy drive to try this.
     
  4. supernova777 thread starter macrumors member

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  5. weckart macrumors 68040

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    You could try mounting a USB version internally attached to an internal usb port, I suppose. It's either that or a Powerbook G3 if you must have an internal LS-120/floppy.
     
  6. Intell macrumors P6

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    There's no such thing as an IDE floppy. The closest you'll get is a ZIP drive.
     
  7. weckart macrumors 68040

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    There certainly is but not on Mac (except Powerbooks). The LS-120 came in several flavours including ATAPI. I have one in my old PC used for flashing PC cards to Mac on the odd occasion. That boots from the ATAPI LS-120 floppy drive.
     
  8. Intell macrumors P6

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    Those follow the ATAPI protocol, not the IDE protocol.
     
  9. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    There is a difference between ATAPI and IDE? I thought they were the same
     
  10. weckart macrumors 68040

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    True. That is worth some pedantry points if nothing else.
     
  11. Intell macrumors P6

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    ATAPI is packet ATA and is a different subset of PATA/IDE/SATA, mostly used by optical drives. IDE/PATA is the protocol used by hard drives.
     

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