Question about HP (F1470A) Internal LS-120 (SuperDisk) Drive

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Hp f1470a ls-120 module

My Omnibook has final given up however, I need and have a use for the LS 120 as I have backed up material on ls120 diskettes.

Can I remove the drive from the carrier (plug & play craddle) and is there a usb device/craddle I can install it in. (concern re connectors here? )

The next part of the question:- do I need any drivers specifically for the LS 120 or will all MS operating systems reconize it.... If I need drivers where can I get them from and what are the details.

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IMATION made SuperDisk drives with different interfaces: IDE (same as a hard-drive), parallel-port (like an old printer), and USB.

So, if the SuperDisk is "inside" your laptop, it probably has the IDE interface. It also may have another interface, to adapt from the IDE interface to the ribbon-cable interface often used inside laptops; just unscrew/remove/disconnect that "extra" interface.

What's left is an IDE interface (just like your hard-drive and CD-ROM) and a 4-pin power-connector (just like a standard floppy-drive) and a "master/slave" jumper (just like your hard-drive).

So, I would temporarily connect the SuperDisk to an IDE ribbon-cable inside your desktop, setting the master/slave jumper appropriately, and connecting the 4-pin power-connector.

Then, start Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 and it will automatically recognize the drive, without needing any drivers.

Copy each of your diskettes onto your hard-drive, and burn CD/DVDs, and/or copy the files onto a USB memory-stick.

Shutdown, and undo the "temporary" connection.

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