Best Floppy & Tape Drives in 2020



Floppy & Tape Drives-3.5” 1.44MB Sfr1m44-u100k Updated Version USB Flash Disk Floppy Drive Emulator + CD Screws Black Review:


This comes with a bag of four screws and nothing else--no instructions, no CD, no anything. I used it to replace an aging floppy disk drive in a Roland 90S organ. The unit has a standard 34-pin data connector and 5vdc power connector, just like the floppy drive it replaced. The form factor is identical to the floppy and when installed looks like it was designed for the organ. I did nothing to the drive by way of configuration prior to installation--no fooling with the jumpers or partitioning options. It worked perfectly out of the box. Should work OK with other Roland organs like the 80 Series. For those of you who want to play with the device, a pretty dismal instruction set is available online for the GoTek, and plenty of videos on YouTube.



Floppy Drive to USB Flash Stick 3.5“Emulator SFR1M44-U100K Floppy Drive Emulator Floppy to USB Converter with 1.44MB Format Review:


Lots of confusing info on the internet about installing this device on Win98. The enclosed CD is pretty much worthless IMO. Simply replace your floppy drive with this, install a USB stick, hold down both buttons on the front and power on your Win98 PC. Hold both buttons on the front down until your PC starts booting into Win98. When your PC boots up then tap the buttons until the display says "000". Then your Win98 machine will see it as A drive. You may or may not need to format 000. Then you can go to 001, 002, etc and repeat as needed. One USB stick can be 100s of virtual floppies. This may work with other operating systems but I have only tried Win98.



USB Floppy Drive, Mougerk 3.5" USB External Floppy Diskette Drive 1.44 MB FDD Portable USB Drive Plug and Play for Laptops Desktops and Notebooks (Black) Review:


This Floppy 3.5 USB 3.0 External Floppy Disk Drive (Plug and Play) was a Teac Model No. FD-05PUB before Mougerk took it over, using the same Model No., and updated it to conform with our modern day computers and Operating Systems (OS). The printing on the box states that the Floppy Disk Drive comes with a CD-ROM containing a driver (or drivers?) and a User’s Guide. Not true! The box contained only the Floppy Disk Drive. I have three PCs with Windows OS installed. They are as follows: one Desktop running Windows XP, one Desktop running Windows 7 and one Laptop running Windows 8.1. I am happy to say that, yes the Floppy Drive is ”Plug and Play”, yes it is USB 3.0 and yes this External Floppy Drive works great with all three of my computers and their installed OS. I liked it so well I bought another one. New? I don’t think so. Updated? I believe so. Watch out for the Internet because so many of these External Floppy Disk Drives need the CD-ROM containing the drivers. The driver update companies are cashing in on this problem.



RAAYOO USB Floppy Disk Reader Drive, 3.5” External Portable 1.44 MB FDD Diskette Drive for Mac Windows 10/7/8/XP/Vista PC Laptop Desktop Notebook Computer Plug and Play No Extra Drivers– Black Review:


I bought this to FINALLY get rid of all of my old 3.5" floppies that I have had in a corner of a closet. I was hesitant to throw them all away because I didn't know exactly what was in all of them. For the nominal price of around $11 this great-working floppy disk reader by Raayoo solved my problems. It was an easy connect to my laptop's USB port and it read the floppies so that I could transfer any old files I wanted to keep to my laptop. It worked flawlessly, with the only very minor issue I had that after a couple of hours of idling, MS Explorer stopped reading the drive. I tried connecting it to various other USB ports on my computer to no avail, but the solution ended up being quite simple: just restarted the computer and the drive was working fine again. So nothing wrong with the drive; it worked as advertised. Issue was operating system on my laptop's end. I very highly recommend this. Now what to do with this very slightly used floppy reader that I will never use again...



3.5" USB Floppy Disk Drive External Portable 1.44 MB FDD for PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/8/10 +Dustproof Scratch-Resistant External Bag Case,No External Driver,Plug and Play Review:


This was only going to be a one or two time use purchase, so I didn't want or need anything too expensive. This item had decent reviews and was one of the cheaper options, so I thought I'd go for it.

Bottom line is, it works just fine. Connecting it to my laptop via a USB hub wasn't a problem, although I did use a powered USB port just in case. It read the floppies I needed it to and all went well.

When you connect it, it's not obvious Windows (Windows 10 Pro 64 bit) has recognized it. Nothing happens. A new drive letter does not appear in Windows Explorer. Even putting a floppy in the drive doesn't make it respond in any noticeable way. To get things going I moused over the "Safely remove hardware and eject media" icon on the task bar and selected Open Devices and Printers. The floppy drive appears in the Devices section as TEACV0.0. I right clicked on this icon and the drive came to life. From the pop-up menu I selected Browse Files -> Floppy Disk Drive (A:) and I was off to the races. A familiar Windows Explorer window appeared with a directory listing of what was on the floppy disc I'd just inserted. From there it was a simple case of copy and paste to another disc. Easy.

I have several old 3.5" IDE floppy disc drives in a box somewhere. I could have found a way to plumb one of those into my modern setup, but for $11.95, my time was better spent buying this USB solution.

I'll probably never use it again which is a shame because it works great and there's nothing wrong with it. It's a simple, plug 'n' play solution that was cheap enough to make it a no brainer purchase. Recommended.



USB Floppy Drive,Chuanganzhuo 3.5" USB External Floppy Disk Drive Portable 1.44 MB FDD USB Drive Plug and Play for PC Windows 10/7/8, Windows XP, Vista,for Mac (White) Review:


Excellent Product! For a while I had trouble finding this type of product because the costs were too high due to it being "obsolete".
I have shoe boxes full of 3.5" discs with thousands of family photos of my kids growing up. I thought they were going to stay in those boxes forever. I had nothing to lose to try this Floppy Drive because it is Soooo affordable making worth the small risk.
Very easy plug and play item - My laptop immediately picked it up as just another drive!
This item has made it possible for me to retrieve 20 year old pictures and simply drag and drop them into my hard drive and external hard drive (for even more protected storage).
And By the way - This item was delivered super fast...
I love this thing!
I'm going to buy a second one just in case these become "obsolete"!



3.5" USB External Floppy Disk Drive Portable 1.44 MB FDD for PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8/10,for Mac,No Extra Driver Required,Plug and Play,Black Review:


Excellent Product! For a while I had trouble finding this type of product because the costs were too high due to it being "obsolete".
I have shoe boxes full of 3.5" discs with thousands of family photos of my kids growing up. I thought they were going to stay in those boxes forever. I had nothing to lose to try this Floppy Drive because it is Soooo affordable making worth the small risk.
Very easy plug and play item - My laptop immediately picked it up as just another drive!
This item has made it possible for me to retrieve 20 year old pictures and simply drag and drop them into my hard drive and external hard drive (for even more protected storage).
And By the way - This item was delivered super fast...
I love this thing!
I'm going to buy a second one just in case these become "obsolete"!



USB External Floppy Disk Reader Drive, 3.5" Portable 1.44 MB FDD Diskette Drive for Mac Windows 10/7/8/XP PC Laptop Desktop Notebook Computer and 5pcs Adhesive Black Hook and Loop Tape-(Black) Review:


I have a ton of floppy's lot of pics I would like to have and some Documents that over the years I forgot about but realized would be nice to see what all is on there remembering some pics that were only on floppy. I have had this about a week. I was skeptical because of all the bad reviews and not just this one but all of them. So I decided take a chance on the cheaper one anyway I could always send it back. My main computer I built myself a couple years ago is with windows 10. I also just bought a Lenovo Flex 14 inch 2 in 1 Ryzen 3500 SSD 256 windpows 10 I am just setting up to travel with. My Floppy's are 18 to 25 years old 3 different brands.
I received the Raayoo $11.99 in 2 days prime boxed nicely in perfect condition. No CD or instructions. (Really how hard is it you need instructions to plug in your USB.) I was planning to plug it in and search like crazy for it like a few said they did. Well I plugged it a little yellow light came on I took a look at my PC drives (I have 2 SSDs 500 and 256 and 2 large Hard Drives. ) To my great surprise it should up right on top as drive A no problem. All my disks worked. The biggest problem I hadd was my pics were in PDD format an old program abandoned long ago by adobe. I did some research and discovered adobe photoshop would open it. I was not about to spend that kind of money when I remembered I had an older adobe photoshop in my programs I haven't had need for. I installed it and sure enough I could open and change the photos to what I wanted in this case I changed them all to jpeg. I can also erase and add files if I want. Erasing is good as I don't have to worry about destroying them. I am having fun with the old floppy. I also thought well maybe I got lucky with my computer desk top. I then took the drive to my new Lenovo Flex 14 plugged it in boom showed right up as Drive A next my SSD. It plays everything there and does everything as my desk top. I cannot be happier having a ball with this thing works absolutely perfect on both computers with Windows 10. I highly recomend this drive for $11.99 you can't beat it. The quality is also solid.



Tendak USB Floppy Disk Drive - 3.5" Portable USB External 1.44MB FDD Diskette Drive for PC Windows 7/8, Windows XP, Vista,for Mac Plug and Play (Black) Review:


I was trying to recover data from floppies to my Windows 10 Home machine. I ended up trying five different devices and am posting my review to let you know my results.
First, all five devices worked PERFECTLY on my Windows 7 Pro laptop. However, when plugging in to my Windows 10 machine, three of them would only sit and spin with the drive light on, even though they were recognized as drives by Win10.

After a little looking, I found that the devices that worked on my Windows 10 machine identified themselves and used the driver for the Y-E Data USB floppy, while the devices that just sat and spun identified themselves and used the driver for a TEAC floppy drive. So there must be a little difference in the internal configuration of the drive that is causing the issue.

I tried 5 devices and found that the Tendak USB Floppy Disk Drive worked perfectly, as did the Esynic USB Floppy Drive . Both identified as Y-E Data USB floppy drives. When they were plugged in, they worked smoothly and quietly. It was a toss-up which one to choose to keep, but I eventually went with the Tendak because it seemed slightly quieter and faster, but that was really subjective. The Tendak also had more information such as a warranty card and information on how to contact support, while the Esynic box was empty. As far as quality of the drive, they seemed identical. If I had needed more than one drive, I would have kept them both.

For me, initially the Sabrent External USB 1.44 MB 2x Floppy Disk Drive (FL-UDRV) seemed the nicest. The box was glossy with information covering it, you'd expect to see this sitting on a shelf in a big box store. (All other drives came in plain brown boxes). There were touches of quality in how the drive was packed, the box was made to fit it with a area for the cable to fit in and a dust cover over the USB end to keep it clean. It came with a beautiful guide to using the floppy, including information like the write-protect switch and not removing a floppy while the drive light is on, that newer users would not be familiar with. They also had a support phone number, and the person who answered seemed to be an American. Unfortunately, this was one of the devices that would not work on my Windows 10 machine. It identified as a TEAC USB Floppy drive, and when plugged in it simply had the drive light turn on and continuously seek for data. It worked perfectly in my Windows 7 machine, and was very fast and smooth. If I hadn't needed it working on Windows 10 as well, I would have kept this one in a heartbeat. From other reviews, it appears that it works on other people's Windows 10 machines, so I'd recommend you at least try it.

The last two devices were both from Chuanganzhuo. 3.5" USB External Floppy Disk Drive Portable 1.44 MB FDD for PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8/10,for Mac,No Extra Driver Required,Plug and Play,Black and the 3.5" USB External Floppy Disk Drive Portable 1.44 MB FDD for PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/8/10 +Dustproof Scratch-Resistant External Bag Case,No External Driver,Plug and Play. Both devices worked fine on Windows 7 Pro, but on Windows 10 Home they immediately had the drive light up and started a very loud seek process that never finished. These devices were louder than any other drive I tested, but did work just fine under Windows 7. Both used the TEAC USB Floppy driver as well.

My conclusion: If you are lucky enough to be one of those whose computers will use the Sabrent External USB 1.44 MB 2x Floppy Disk Drive (FL-UDRV), get that drive. It is quality. If you can't, either the Tendak USB Floppy Disk Drive or the Esynic USB Floppy Drive  will probably make you happy.



Sabrent External USB 1.44 MB 2X Floppy Disk Drive (FL-UDRV) Review:


I was trying to recover data from floppies to my Windows 10 Home machine. I ended up trying five different devices and am posting my review to let you know my results.
First, all five devices worked PERFECTLY on my Windows 7 Pro laptop. However, when plugging in to my Windows 10 machine, three of them would only sit and spin with the drive light on, even though they were recognized as drives by Win10.

After a little looking, I found that the devices that worked on my Windows 10 machine identified themselves and used the driver for the Y-E Data USB floppy, while the devices that just sat and spun identified themselves and used the driver for a TEAC floppy drive. So there must be a little difference in the internal configuration of the drive that is causing the issue.

I tried 5 devices and found that the Tendak USB Floppy Disk Drive worked perfectly, as did the Esynic USB Floppy Drive . Both identified as Y-E Data USB floppy drives. When they were plugged in, they worked smoothly and quietly. It was a toss-up which one to choose to keep, but I eventually went with the Tendak because it seemed slightly quieter and faster, but that was really subjective. The Tendak also had more information such as a warranty card and information on how to contact support, while the Esynic box was empty. As far as quality of the drive, they seemed identical. If I had needed more than one drive, I would have kept them both.

For me, initially the Sabrent External USB 1.44 MB 2x Floppy Disk Drive (FL-UDRV) seemed the nicest. The box was glossy with information covering it, you'd expect to see this sitting on a shelf in a big box store. (All other drives came in plain brown boxes). There were touches of quality in how the drive was packed, the box was made to fit it with a area for the cable to fit in and a dust cover over the USB end to keep it clean. It came with a beautiful guide to using the floppy, including information like the write-protect switch and not removing a floppy while the drive light is on, that newer users would not be familiar with. They also had a support phone number, and the person who answered seemed to be an American. Unfortunately, this was one of the devices that would not work on my Windows 10 machine. It identified as a TEAC USB Floppy drive, and when plugged in it simply had the drive light turn on and continuously seek for data. It worked perfectly in my Windows 7 machine, and was very fast and smooth. The support representative was not aware of any issue that would prevent it from working on my machine, and it does work on other people's Windows 10 machines. If I hadn't needed it working on my Windows 10 machine as well, I would have kept this one in a heartbeat. From other reviews, it appears that it works on other people's Windows 10 machines, so I'd recommend you at least try it.

The last two devices were both from Chuanganzhuo. 3.5" USB External Floppy Disk Drive Portable 1.44 MB FDD for PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8/10,for Mac,No Extra Driver Required,Plug and Play,Black and the 3.5" USB External Floppy Disk Drive Portable 1.44 MB FDD for PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/8/10 +Dustproof Scratch-Resistant External Bag Case,No External Driver,Plug and Play. Both devices worked fine on Windows 7 Pro, but on Windows 10 Home they immediately had the drive light up and started a very loud seek process that never finished. These devices were louder than any other drive I tested, but did work just fine under Windows 7. Both used the TEAC USB Floppy driver as well.

My conclusion: If you are lucky enough to be one of those whose computers will use the Sabrent External USB 1.44 MB 2x Floppy Disk Drive (FL-UDRV), get that drive. It is quality. If you can't, either the Tendak USB Floppy Disk Drive or the Esynic USB Floppy Drive  will probably make you happy.