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how is it called metal box for 3,5 or 5,25

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:10 am
by duikkie
Stand alone metal box to hold 1 or 2 5,25 drive or 3,5 inch drive and where to order ?

Re: how is it called metal box for 3,5 or 5,25

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:38 am
by JonC
I could do with one of these as well, but after amazon and ebay searches I couldn't find any. :(

Re: how is it called metal box for 3,5 or 5,25

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:46 am
by 1024MAK
In the past, cases for external (e.g. USB) hard drives were sometimes suitable (after alterations) for 3.5 inch floppy drives.
Or look on auction sites and used / 2nd hand sites / sales for external floppy drives for other computers. Sometimes these can be converted.

Or you could look for a new general purpose plastic case and cut suitable holes in it...

Mark

Re: how is it called metal box for 3,5 or 5,25

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:40 pm
by jgharston
For 3.5" drives I've used a Maplin ML47B box, but it no longer seems to exist on Maplin's website.
You need a general-pupose enclosure that is about 105mm wide x 170+mm deep x 30mm high to fit a single 3.5" drive inside, probably something similar to Farnell MC001851.

Re: how is it called metal box for 3,5 or 5,25

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:58 pm
by BigEd
enclosure or case is the key word, probably. I found this:
https://www.span.com/product/StarTech-U ... UASP~41959

Re: how is it called metal box for 3,5 or 5,25

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:25 pm
by duikkie
why is the iron folding gone ? 4 times folding a iron plate 4 holes on the bottom and there was a case :)

yes my father was a Metalworker on work they had a folder thing ( no is was not folter tool :) )

Re: how is it called metal box for 3,5 or 5,25

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:36 pm
by duikkie

Re: how is it called metal box for 3,5 or 5,25

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:44 pm
by 1024MAK
Maplin Electronics in the UK used to do a nice range of low cost folded aluminium cases. Excellent value for housing transformers, PSU circuits and floppy drives in. Sadly all of them appear to be discontinued now :(

Mark

Re: how is it called metal box for 3,5 or 5,25

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:44 pm
by Elminster
Maplin's is a shadow of its former self. I have gone from buy most Electronic tpe stuff from there to virtually none.

I remember the days of getting that 1-2 inch thick catelogue and wading through the pages of componetns trying to workout whatI needed.

Re: how is it called metal box for 3,5 or 5,25

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:40 pm
by flaxcottage
An old CD-ROM drive case could work.

Startech do a plastic 5.25" to 3.5" adapter. It can be cut easily with a craft knife to fit.

Plastic feet fixed to the base. Paint it beige. Bingo!

The Amstrad external 3.5" drive enclosure is too small for most 3.5" drives. :( It should be possible to wire a 34-way cable to the Amstrad drive to get it to work on a BBC micro. Another job on my to-do list. :lol:

Re: how is it called metal box for 3,5 or 5,25

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:14 pm
by martinw
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Re: how is it called metal box for 3,5 or 5,25

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:17 pm
by 1024MAK
Is that one of Ben's double Sony floppy drive's?

Mark

Re: how is it called metal box for 3,5 or 5,25

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:18 pm
by BeebMaster
Ooh nice, I like that! Matching black bezel and ribbon cable as well!

Re: how is it called metal box for 3,5 or 5,25

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:29 pm
by martinw
They were made and sold by Ben Versteeg ...

http://www.bytedelight.com/?product=dua ... ydrive-set

Martin

Re: how is it called metal box for 3,5 or 5,25

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:30 pm
by martinw
1024MAK wrote:Is that one of Ben's double Sony floppy drive's?

Mark


Yup, nice product I've had them for a while :)

Re: how is it called metal box for 3,5 or 5,25

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:34 pm
by 1024MAK
martinw wrote:
1024MAK wrote:Is that one of Ben's double Sony floppy drive's?

Mark


Yup, nice product I've had them for a while :)

Yes, I have two!

Mark

Re: how is it called metal box for 3,5 or 5,25

Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:36 am
by jonb
They are brilliant little drive units but I note Ben's put his prices up a bit since I last looked. Still good value though!

Re: how is it called metal box for 3,5 or 5,25

Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:01 am
by RobGT
duikkie,

Sent you a PM

Rob

Re: how is it called metal box for 3,5 or 5,25

Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:27 am
by grobda
takachi mb series are basic aluminium boxes, RS stock them in UK

http://www.takachi-enclosure.com/data/c1213/c_en_p183-184.pdf

Re: how is it called metal box for 3,5 or 5,25

Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:23 am
by 1024MAK
@grobda thanks =D>

Mark

Re: how is it called metal box for 3,5 or 5,25

Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:41 am
by cmorley
I speculatively bought one of these to put a 3.5" floppy in a while back...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Green-3-5-Inch-IDE-SATA-HDD-Hard-Drive-Storage-Box-Protective-Case-/272768715009?hash=item3f82484901:g:00cAAOSwXJNZb6Ro

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£1.56/€2 delivered!

Smoke a few holes in for screws and cut a slot for the cable. I haven't actually got round to doing it yet - it is still in the delivery plastic (in a very long line of things to fix/clean/develop). I only want something to keep the dust out the drive... but if it fits a see through caddy could be quite fun.

Re: how is it called metal box for 3,5 or 5,25

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:43 pm
by grobda
I've bought a Takachi MB-13 from RS, plenty of room for two 3.5" drives and a PSU (the plan is to fit a 3.5 floppy and a Gotek floppy emulator, with a switch to swap them between DF0 and DF1).

The box seems light yet sturdy, made of folded aluminium - just wondering how to cut a neat square hole in it, any suggestions? The alternative is to chop the front plate off and make a blanking plate to fill the excess space.