SCSI Floptical questions

SCSI Floptical questions

Post by e.. » Wed, 02 Sep 1992 13:02:04


I am specifying a floptical drive to replace a 720K 3.5" floppy.

Does anyone have any experience with flopticals that they
could share with me? I have seen the literature on the drive
made by Insite Peripherals. The media seems to come from at
least 2 sources, 3M and Maxell.

Are the drives second sourced?
Are there any other alternatives that I should consider?
How reliable are they?
Any problems with interchanging media between drives?
Any special SW problems? I am working with a proprietary real time OS
and a SCSI interface.

Any other questions that I should be asking?

Please email to me and I will summarize.




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I have a floptical drive connected to my PC SCSI controller but can't
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I would think any one of the following benchmarks would do:

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