Replacement Floppy Drives
Quest for More Information
Nov 2006: An sgroup member asks: Would anyone care to expand on this subject please. I'm no Klutz but I don't wish to barge in with a mallet and spanner without a little more detail. The new Sony floppy I bought doesn't have any jumpers (externally or internally) that I can see. Any more info would be most appreciated.
Stephan Morlock reports:
Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2001 05:15:55 -0500 From: Stephan Morlock To: John Sellens Subject: A Howto for the archive - Floppy replacement Hello Mr. Sellens, in case it ist of interest to other users of the S-50 I want to share the following information. I had to replace the floppy drive. A regular floppy does not work. I had to buy one from Roland. But there is a cheaper way. This is how it works: ------------- Roland sent me a more or less regular Chinon Floppy drive, it has jumpers and a black bezel of course, but it must be pretty popular, because my old PC had the same drive built into it (although with a white bezel). It was a Highscreen Pentium60 machine. This drive, which Roland Germany sells its customers as a replacement for the S-50 (black bezel of course) is a: Chinon FZ-357 The Roland manual says to set the jumpers a) before adding a housing X X X X X X X O O O I O O O X X-X X X X X b) after adding a housing (I jumpered it that way and it works for the S-50 Floppy) X X X X X X X O O O I O I O X X-X X X X X X = Jumper Pole O = no contact/jumper I or - = jumper ----------------------------------------------------------- Greetings Stephan Morlock
Kelvin Adams adds:
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2004 16:56:03 +0000 (GMT) From: Kelvin Adams Subject: roland s-50 drives To: firstname.lastname@example.org Dear J. Sellens, sgroup archives. Having dropped my already derelict Roland s-50, I had to change the drive. I was able to use a Chinon drive as mentioned - a scrap Atari drive. I can confirm the change in jumpers. It appears we need:- jumper as drive zero. jumper as ready, not change detect. jumper as media detect off. These changes appear to make a 1.44 drive work as a Roland 720KB. I also had to remove Chinon's ttl/cmos jumper. I will try other drives and report back. Unfortunately, not all 1.44 drives are easy to jumper. Good news is, you may not need a genuine 720 drive. Merry Xmas, Kelvin Adams
Route 66 StudiosFYI (untried, not an endorsement):
April 30 2006 -- Rich at www.Route66studios.com mentions that they now have the W-30 2006 replcement floppy drives in stock.
From: Route66Studios@aol.com Date: Sun, 10 Mar 2002 22:31:12 -0500 Subject: sgroup Replacement drives available now for S-50,S-330,S-550. To: email@example.com Hey guys good news! www.Route66studios.com We now have a new replacement floppy drive for following Roland S-50, S-330, S-550. Our RTE Aurora drive is a 100% match, complete with black bezel. Special thanks to Larry Walters for sending in his S-330 for drive setup and testing. We are currently seeking anyone that would like to send in an S-750, S-760, or S-770 Roland samplers for drive testing and setup, contact me for details. Richard at www.Route66studios.com 608-365-5006