Mac Floppy Drive: A Real Unicorn?
Like many folks over 30, I have boxes of old cassette tapes, LP albums and even a few 3.5-inch disks. That said, our cassette player died at least four years ago, my ancient ’80s era turntable lacks a power cord and the last Mac floppy drive went in a house sale sometime in 2005. Thus, the question — does anyone sell a Mac floppy drive that works with current versions of OS X?
The answer depends how “current” you want.
For example, you can get the SABRENT External USB 1.44 MB 2x Floppy Disk Drive SBT-UFDB on Amazon for $25 (Prime). However, although the company’s website features a video (below) of a Mac using this USB drive, the model shown is a PowerPC iBook (a.k.a. toilet seat) running OS X 10.3.9.
That’s not exactly modern.
Somewhat closer to the mark is a LaCie External Floppy Disk Drive for PC (B&H) that at least one MacBook Pro owner (OS X 10.5.8 Leopard) reports success using. The bad news here is that this device is no longer available.
There are a fair number floppy drives that work with Mac OS 7, 8 and 9 (Amazon, Google Shopping, etc.), which is OK if you have a working Classic Mac lurking in a closet.
So, is there a Mac floppy drive that is compatible with OS X 10.6, 10.7 or 10.8? Anyone out there with home brew drivers for a commercially available floppy drive?
Share your solutions below…