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How to use xf551 disk drive.

Do you know anything about how to use an xf551 disk drive for the atari?

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Here's how these old suckers work. You have to have an old (latest - late 1980s) DOS-based PC with the proper attachment cable for such a drive. Preferably an ATARI computer. You have to leave the disk drive flip switch OPEN until DOS loads, or it will give you an error message. After the old clunk DOS-based computer is finished loading, THEN you can close the flip switch (with a floppy disk in, of course). I can't give you exact instructions b/c I don't know exactly what kind of ancient PC you have. Here is a link to an YouTube video showing you about what to expect :(1986 Tandy):

Have fun! These are real pains in the neck compared to what we have now.

-Tha Mp3 Doctor

Posted on Dec 10, 2008


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