WTB/Borrow: 400K / 360K 3.5" floppy disk (blank or pre-written).

By Solvalou

Supporter (6)

Solvalou's picture

11-07-2020, 14:33

After a working SD floppy disk to test the drive in my 8235 MSX2.

Happy to buy or borrow a disk, as long as it's a known working one (will pay all costs obviously).
It's really only to make sure the drive is working as it should with its new belt. I only have HD and SD disks.

Thanks in advance!

Login or register to post comments

By hamlet

Scribe (3260)

hamlet's picture

11-07-2020, 15:44

Let us know where you're from. Shipping costs might top the disk value.

By Meits

Scribe (6044)

Meits's picture

11-07-2020, 16:29

This is about an original Single Density Single Sided disk?

By sdsnatcher73

Paragon (1208)

sdsnatcher73's picture

11-07-2020, 17:07

I guess he means a 1DD or Single Sided Double Density. You should be able to use 2DD and probably 2HD disks just fine. The DiskROM in the VG8235 will only use 1 side of the disk and format it Double Density (as in 80 tracks). The disk will end up formatted 360kB. Any MSX will be able to read that disk (regardless if they have a 1DD or 2DD drive).

By hamlet

Scribe (3260)

hamlet's picture

11-07-2020, 17:30

So there has been 1SD, too? (Just to make things more confusing...)

By Solvalou

Supporter (6)

Solvalou's picture

13-07-2020, 00:33

Apologies, yes that would be helpful if I said where I am located! I'm based in the United Kingdom.

I got a few DD disks about I suppose I can try that first, didn't think of that honestly. Thanks for the advice, just hope I can find one that's still working.

By sdsnatcher73

Paragon (1208)

sdsnatcher73's picture

13-07-2020, 06:46

hamlet wrote:

So there has been 1SD, too? (Just to make things more confusing...)

Actually those never existed for 3.5 inch disks. At release the 3.5 inch disks were single sided 80 tracks (SSDD or 1DD). Single sided 40 tracks (SSSD in 5.25 inch nomenclature) may or may not have existed in lab environments but probably not. The naming convention was probably used to stay in line with what people were used to in that time with 5.25 inch disks.
More info on Wikipedia.

By sdsnatcher73

Paragon (1208)

sdsnatcher73's picture

13-07-2020, 06:52

Solvalou wrote:

Apologies, yes that would be helpful if I said where I am located! I'm based in the United Kingdom.

I got a few DD disks about I suppose I can try that first, didn't think of that honestly. Thanks for the advice, just hope I can find one that's still working.

Do you have any other computer with a floppy drive? Or a USB floppy drive? On Linux or MacOS it is still possible to format 720kB maybe even 360kB. If you can verify the floppy on such a machine first, if it formats fine (even if on 720kB) then format it again in the VG8235.