Cables and Connectors – Floppy Drive Cable

Floppy Drive Ribbon Cable
Floppy Drive Ribbon Cable provides an interface for connecting older floppy drives to the motherboard.

Introduction:

This illustration shows what a typical Floppy disk drive ribbon cable looks like.

This illustration shows what a typical Floppy disk drive ribbon cable looks like.
This illustration shows what a typical Floppy disk drive ribbon cable looks like.
This illustration shows an older generation floppy drive cable.
This illustration shows an older generation floppy drive cable.

The floppy drive data cable shown above allows a desktop computer to have two floppy drives connected to one controller. Because floppy drives do not have a master and slave configuration like hard drives do, the drives are defined by the cable select mode, which can be identified by looking for a twist in the cable. The end with the twist in the cable (which also has a red mark on pin 1) must be attached to the floppy drive; the other end connects to the floppy disk connector on the computer’s motherboard. A standard floppy drive connector contains 34-pins or holes that connect up with the pins soldered into a 3.5″ floppy drive.

When connected internally within the computer newer generation floppy drive cables provide a less cluttered design, resulting in improved airflow within the computer tower which helps lower the temperature of the system unit.

Specifications:

Creation Year: TBA
Superseded By: TBA
Cable Capacities: TBA
Data Width: TBA
Maximum Devices Supported: TBA
Protocols Used: TBA
Cable Style: TBA
Hotplugging Support? TBA
External Interfaces: TBA
Supported Devices:

Explanations Of Connectors:

# Purpose
1 IDC34F This connector connects to a floppy disk drive 34 pin connection.
IDC34F
This connector connects to a floppy disk drive 34 pin connection.
2 IDC34F This connector connects to a floppy disk drive 34 pin connection.
IDC34F
This connector connects to a second floppy disk drive 34 pin connection.
3 IDC34F This connector connects to a floppy disk drive 34 pin connection.
IDC34F
This connector connects to a computer motherboard.

Typical Lengths:

  • Typical lengths of dual floppy drive cables are 32 inches.

Advantages and Disadvantages:

Ideal for troubleshooting or rebuilding older systems lacking proper boot device. Old, outdated technology.
  Small storage capacity.
  Very slow when reading and writing data.

Installation Guides

How To Install A 3.5 ” Floppy Disk Drive

This document will provide an overview of how to install a 3.5″ floppy diskette drive into a personal computer.

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