The Apple 3.5 Drive, A9M0106 (825-1304-A) is a floppy-disk drive that uses removable, 800k 3 1/2″ inch disks to store and retrieve data. This drive was introduced with the Apple IIGS, although it was marketed as universal and will also match the case of the Macintosh II series. The Macs always had an internal drive, and any external drive cannot be daisy-chained.
It will work on the //c Plus and the //e (with controller card) and any Macintosh with a floppy disk port. It features an eject button and a port for daisy-chaining additional drives on the Apple II.
All are clean and tested to read and write and have all their feet. Exterior condition varies from as Nice as it gets to Severely discolored or a cracked housing and everything in between. More information about coloring can be found here. I try to put drives in the most appropriate category as far as exterior condition, but as the photos show, it is very hard to judge with some. Engraving will be disregarded in favor of coloring unless it is large and prominent. If you are buying a drive along with a computer purchase, I will do my best to match the coloring.
***Photos are for illustration only***
Quantities are limited as there are many that still need repair.
For the Apple IIGS, Macintosh
The Apple 3.5 Drive Owner’s Guide, Apple # 030-0126-A, 030-0126-B, 030-2050-A, or 030-2050-B.
All manuals appear to be identical, but the 0126 A and B have a grayscale cover instead of color – not pictured. The manual you receive may any of these.
This 29 page manual covers the setup, usage/chaining and specs for the Apple 3.5 Drive, A9M0106. Covered are the Apple IIGS and Macintosh 512K and Plus.
Most of the covers are a little yellowed with age, storage conditions, or both.
Available with or without 3.5 Drive purchase.
Apple 815-0968-A. This rare port cover came standard on the Apple 3.5 Drive. Most Apple II owners removed it so they could daisy-chain their drives. As the Macintosh isn’t capable of chaining external drives, the owners most likely never noticed or removed it.
Apple 661-0474 Floppy Disk Drive. The first model of Apple’s SuperDrive.
This 3.5″ floppy disk drive has no door and is “auto inject” (or auto insert or auto feed where the disk is pulled in once inserted far enough) and used in most 68K Macs (Note that the Plus or earlier used a 400K or 800K drive and cannot use this).
Late 68K machines may also use this drive, but the cover, case or bezel will differ between “auto inject” and “manual inject”, so they are not interchangeable. The last photo shows two LC III’s, the top is auto inject and the bottom is manual inject – note the location of the eject hole as well.
All are made by Sony, 2MB, Model MP-F75W-01G (02G, 12G, etc), but all start with MP-F75W on the blue label. Note that these do not display any Apple identification on the drive.
These are available with or without the most common carrier or sled 805-0961-A. Carrier also sold separately.
At this time, I am just trying to process stuff through and make it all available, so beyond testing, these have NOT had any maintenance performed by me.
- Nice – read, write, format and eject smoothly.
- Need work – read, write, format but eject is weak. They need lubed.
- Parts – May not initialize, may not read, will not eject, any or all issues. Non-functional.
Apple 661-0121 Floppy Disk Drive. The second and newer model of Apple’s SuperDrive. This 3.5″ floppy disk drive has a black door and is “manual inject” (or manual insert) and used in all PowerPC Macs. Late 68K machines may also use this drive, but the cover, case or bezel will differ between “auto inject” and “manual inject”, so they are not interchangeable.
Pictured and most common is a Sony 2MB, Model MPF 42A, but another drive sharing Apple’s same part number and completely interchangeable is Mitsubishi MF355F. You may receive either, note that these likely do not display any Apple identification on the drive.
Drives tested to format, write, read and eject easily.
Uses 3.5″ 1.44MB or high density disks
Mac or Windows, this Compaq USB Floppy Disk Drive let you use your high density, 1.44 MB, 3.5 disks on your newer computer. Compaq FDD P/N 196666-01, 197598-001. Manufactured by NEC, Model UF0001, 134-507881-101-0
Apple internal Disk Drive cable, 922-1636, 590-4529, approximately 15″ long.
PowerMac 7200, 7300, 7500, 7600
20 pin internal disk drive cable
Apple internal Floppy Disk Cable or disk drive cable, part number 590-0836 or 922-0351. Fits all Centris / Quadra 610 / 660 models, Performa 611x Series, Power Macintosh 6100 Series and Workgroup 6150 Series. May work on other models, approx 9″ long and already bent on the right places for the listed models.
Power PC only
Apple Floppy Drive Shield, stamped 805-0715 fits all Performa 611x Series, Power Macintosh 6100 Series and Workgroup 6150 Series only.
Blueberry or White translucent
Imation SuperDisk Drive, SD-USB-M(blue) or SD-USB-M2(white). The first USB floppy drive solution PLUS 120 MB hard drive on a disk!
Works with 1.4 MB (2HD) 3.5″ floppy disks and 120 MB SuperDisks. Drivers needed for Mac OS 8.1, but built into OS 8.5 and higher.
There are several of these in stock, including a new, sealed box (no disk in the box)! All come with a matching interface (USB) cable and power adapter (no original boxes for them). The Installation Guide (and Drivers) came on a CD. I don’t have enough CD’s for them all so you may not get an original.
SuperDisks will be sold separately.
Imation Model D353FUE Floppy Disk Drive in pink. USB interface. Usable on any computer with USB
Internal disk drive cable
Apple 590-0607-A, 590-0607. Internal floppy disk drive cable. Approx 2″ long
Macintosh IIcx IIci, Quadra 700
Floppy Disk Drive by SmartDisk. USB interface. Model FDUSB-TM2. Comes with CD and instructions. Usable on any computer with USB.
Choose your own color!
VST USB Floppy Drive – For use with any USB enabled computer, Mac or PC. Model FDUSB-M
Boxed kit is missing the CD at the moment – not needed for any Mac
Single drives also available.
For use with any USB enabled computer
Tangerine colored to match the iBook and iMac of the same color, this floppy drive reads and writes 1.44MB high density 3.5″ floppy disks. Complete package includes the floppy drive, QuickStart Card, CD and registration card all in the original box. Part of the box flap is missing, so this may have been a customer returns back in the day. Drive has been tested to read and write on OS 10.4 and truly looks like a brand new drive.