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    The floppy drive on my Haas TM-1 has since new, been an unreliable PITB.
    This unit can, I believe, be used on anything that uses a standard 3.5" floppy drive.

    This unit, was on my desk in only 4 days from the time of shipping to get here in Ohio from India.

    Purchased from
    Kwality Enterprises
    80, Queen's Road
    Near Hotel Suncity Towers,
    Amritsar (Punjab,India).143001
    Ph: 0183-2224554, Fax:0183-5005595
    (m): +919780485865

    email
    Vishal Chohan
    [email protected]

    Install was pretty straight forward, the unit replaces the 3.5" drive.
    There was a little pin confusion shown in the photo.
    Vishal's solution was to just press the ribbon cable a bit harder and it will unblock that pin, which it did.


    Formatting of the flash drive was pretty straight forward as well, the usual issues of not really knowing what to expect, but all went well on this and the install after just a couple inquiring email, all answered promptly.

    Each flash drive is formatted into the equivalent of 100 3.5" Floppies.
    These 100 (00-99) blocks of floppy equivalents can be accessed from the converter at the control.

    To save files to these block from the PC requires a separate program that is included with the converter purchase, this software also formats the Flash drive.
    True, an extra step is required to save data on each individual block from your PC, but it is quick and uncomplicated.
    You have the equivalent of 100 floppies on the flash drive (a 4gb is recommended) so you must remember on what block your CNC Post is on.

    So now, hopefully, all those many trips back to the PC to reload the post onto yet another floppy will be a thing of the past.

    It worked well on first use, time will tell on the full scope of it's use and reliability.

    Now, what to do with 4 cases of floppies

    Ken




  • #2
    so this unit replaces the 3.5 floppy with a port for a memory stick? neat.

    I'm glad it worked out - I had would had serious reservations about a company that spells quality with a "K"
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Mcgyver
      so this unit replaces the 3.5 floppy with a port for a memory stick? neat.

      I'm glad it worked out - I had would had serious reservations about a company that spells quality with a "K"
      Ha-Ha, never noticed that.

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      • #4
        You didn't mention the cost or perhaps I am just not seing it.

        As to what to do with the disks. If you would care to donate them to a good cause you could send them to the address in my sig. We have six SWI machines that use floppys and my students can go through them like Sherman through Atlanta. I will be glad to pay the postage.

        Thanks for your consideration.
        Errol Groff

        New England Model Engineering Society
        http://neme-s.org/

        YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/GroffErrol?feature=mhee

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Ken_Shea
          Vishal's solution was to just press the ribbon cable a bit harder and it will unblock that pin, which it did.
          I had to think about that for a moment. Now it makes sense.

          That is a neat setup. I know of a few machines that might benefit from this. What, if you dont mind me asking, was the cost?

          Thanks for showing us
          rock~
          Civil engineers build targets, Mechanical engineers build weapons.

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          • #6
            Very interesting - can it run on a DOS based system ?

            I have an AHHA based CNC here, in fact two of them which work flawlessly with the exception of the floppy drive.

            Only problem with this system is it real basic, config,sys and autoexec.bat are two lines each.

            Nothing else is allowed to run on it, no TSR's or anything.

            [EDIT]
            Found this at 75 Euro's

            http://www.torlus.com/floppy/ still not sure about DOS ?
            Last edited by John Stevenson; 12-04-2010, 04:10 PM.
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            Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.



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            • #7
              It should work with anything that has a floppy drive. It has nothing o do with drivers or the like. Its all built into the computers bios. This thing just translates the floppy command and spits out the data over the floppy bus as a floppy drive would do.

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              • #8
                Errol, Rock,
                The cost was $85usd delivered.

                Errol,
                I will be happy to help with a case of them.

                John,
                An email to Vishal Chohan @ [email protected] would answer the Dos ?.
                Sounds like it would be very doable as the controller simply sees a 3.5" floppy.
                The software that comes with it can format the flash Drive to 720K, 1.2mb and 1.44mb.

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                • #9
                  Loads available on eBay - just search for 'floppy emulator'.

                  Cheers

                  .

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                  • #10
                    This one looks almost identical and you can save about $40

                    http://cgi.ebay.com/3-5-USB-SSD-Flop...item3f05767d6f

                    Might want to double check drive comparability first, he wanted to first know the make and model.

                    The one listed above does not list the Sony drive from the Haas.

                    Looks can be very deceiving.

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                    • #11
                      Also, HP has free software that will format any flash drive or memory card to appear as a floppy. While it only mentions HP thumb drives it has worked with anything I have tried it on. It can also make the thumb drive bootable.

                      http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport...X-UNITY-I23839
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                      • #12
                        Youtube Demo:

                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXRT32Ulxyg

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                        • #13
                          That YouTube demo is the exact same software and likely not a nickles worth of difference between the converters.

                          Well, maybe $40 difference

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                          • #14
                            I'm curious why you don't use the RS 232 port, no floppy or USB device needed. I generate my code in Mastercam and then send it to the machine via the 232 port. When I'm done running the parts I send the program from the machine back to the computer to save any changes I might have made while running the parts.
                            Mark Hockett

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                            • #15
                              Mark,
                              I usually program at night in the house and take a floppy into the shop the following day so no RS 232 link between the two machines.

                              Years ago I did use Laplink when i had an office in the shop but that still entailed have to walk between computers to switch the transfer on.

                              Most of my work is repeat jobs so the programs are already in the machine, it's just new jobs that can give a problem in that it sometimes can't read a floppy it read the day before, I dare say all the dust and crap in the floppy don't help.

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                              Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.



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