Replacing a laptop floppy drive help needed

Firthy2002

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I have an old Toshiba Satellite T2100 (I think, it's definitely T21X0 series) laptop.
It works fine AFAIK*, except the floppy drive is cream crackered.
I was thinking about replacing the floppy drive, but as it's a laptop I was wondering if the motherboard would use a standard floppy header or some Toshiba proprietary connector?
Would any donor drive do or would it need to come out of another T21X0 series system?
 

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Re: Replacing a laptop floppy drive help needed

laptops are a bit of a bugger when it comes to replacement parts you could get a usb floppy drive, it looks like it just a slimline drive but it'll be tricky to find one that fits and it'll all be guesswork.
have you removed your floppy drive yet to see if there are any numbers on it?


cheers, JuvUK
 

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Re: Replacing a laptop floppy drive help needed

USB floppy would be no good, the laptop is from the early 90s!

Haven't attempted to open it up to look yet. Only recently realised I had it still (it was hidden under a pile of clothes)!
 

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Re: Replacing a laptop floppy drive help needed

Would a serial/parallel drive work out of the box without drivers needing to be installed?
 

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Re: Replacing a laptop floppy drive help needed

it would need drivers i should think, do you have internet access on the laptop?
 

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Re: Replacing a laptop floppy drive help needed

I have one of those Toshiba external floppies here (which I try to convert to an Amiga floppy), but the cost of postage and Paypal clearance will kill the deal even before the agreement. :cry:
 

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Re: Replacing a laptop floppy drive help needed

JuvUK said:
it would need drivers i should think, do you have internet access on the laptop?
No, I need the floppy drive to install the driver for my PCMCIA network card...
 

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Re: Replacing a laptop floppy drive help needed

Worst case scenario, pop the laptop hard drive out and hook it up to your PC via a cheap adapter and just copy the files over to your documents. Replace in your laptop, and bingo!
 

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Re: Replacing a laptop floppy drive help needed

I might just do that. Once it's networked, the floppy drive won't be needed anyway.
 
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