17 thoughts on “Russian Vintage Floppy Drive”

  1. looks like fake or self-made device to me (or self-made fake)

    it is 5.25″ floppy drive. this kind of disc was introduced in 1976. i saw a lot of polish and soviet computers dated to that times and they never looked as primitive as that

  2. This one is a winner, and I am still using it. Now that the start-up problems of Windows 95 are under control I dare to use it daily, and this floppy drive is very neat to have!! Was quite expensive !!

  3. Drive itself looks like old Taiwanian Teac. As it is half-height drive, it is probably from around 1985 or newer.
    The case could be older. 5.25″ drives was mainly standardized (except some drives dedicated to popular 8bit computers) – then if case is older than drive, it is possible that originally there was mounted East German or Hungarian drive.

  4. It might as well not be a floppy drive only, apparently. This sort of slim drive (5 1/4″), which appear to be an embedded standard unity, would occupy roughly 30% of the total volume inside that box. It is either a bespoke device with another functions or, as suggested, a fake.

  5. Seems more like a power supply with a 5 1/2″ drive embedded into it. It has two +5 volt LEDS and one +12 volt LED. Why would you need to know voltage when you are reading/writing? Also, massing heat sinks on back – this thing gave off a LOT of heat.

  6. The closing lid is broken.
    Seems like a regular parallel interface 5 1/4 floppy with an oversized power supply.
    I have a PC-XT notebook (Toshiba 100plus) that used external floppy drives with parallel interface. A switch on the side of the notebook used to change between a regular parallel port and a floppy drive port.

  7. Looks like it would have been robust. But I question the LED’s on the front panel. Why two +5V indicators?? Should be +5V, -5V and +12V.

  8. On September 17 1939 the treacherous Soviets ruthlessly attacked Poland, already under attack by Germans. Russians signed a pact with Germans to cut Poland in half and share the loot. Poland was once again betrayed and attacked by Soviet Russia. What followed was 50+ years of effective occupation by Russians in terms of communist government and presence of foreign army in the territory of Poland. May the memory of this hideous deed never be forgotten, in spite of continued attempts by Russians to rewrite history. Long live Poland!

  9. LOL why would it need such a huge amount of PIN connectors? A standard FDC cable today (well, circa early 2000’s) is 34 pins, and the older slot type 5.25’s had even less. What are all those extra connectors for!!

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