Amdek Amdisk I

Amdek drive

The Amdek Amdisk I was one of a number of floppy drives that battled it out to replace the 5 1/4" drives. This drive is really nice because it can use a standard Disk II interface card and holds exactly the same amount of data as an 5 1/4" disk. From the computer's perspective, the Amdisk can't be told apart from an ordinary Disk II drive. Just like a 5.25" disk in a Disk II drive, the 3" disk has to be physically removed and flipped over for the computer to read the other side.

Amdek disks

I have two boxes of these disks, so I've actually been toying with the idea of using them!

Amdek Comparison

The Amdisk is 3 1/8 inches by 3 15/16 inches. An ordinary 3 1/2" floppy disk is 3 1/2 inches by 3 9/16 inches.

Amdek setup

Here the Amdisk is connected to an Apple IIe via a Disk II card. The computer is in the process of booting Copy II+ off the Amdisk.

Donated by Dale Kline.

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