This illustration shows what a typical Floppy disk drive ribbon cable looks like.
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.
|Maximum Devices Supported:||TBA|
- 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|Ideal for troubleshooting or rebuilding older systems lacking proper boot device.||Old, outdated technology.|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.|