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The Memotech MTX Series

MEMOTECH  DISK SYSTEMS

 

There were a number of different disk upgrades available for the MTX range, including various floppy disk interfaces as well as a hard disk option for the FDX, called the HDX. The hard disk upgrade was very expensive though, and I'm not sure if (m)any were actually sold; here, I am going to concentrate on the floppy disk drive options.

Floppy Disk Systems

A word about floppy disk technology

It should be remembered that floppy disk drive heads make contact with the media (diskette), in contrast to a hard disk, where the heads "fly" over the surface of the disk platters. As the floppy media ages, particularly lower quality media, it can degrade in a number of ways, including breakdown of the magnetic coating, mould inside the protective jacket, etc. These issues, as well as specs of dust, can lead to scoring of the media which can not only effect the particular diskette in use, but also any other media subsequently put into the drive if the debris gets deposited on the read/write heads.

It is a good idea to closely inspect any old diskettes that you plan on putting into the floppy drive before use. It is also important to periodically clean the drive heads to clear any accumulated magnetic oxide particles and dust that would otherwise damage the media and/or drive.

The design and construction of 3.5" floppies means that they are much less prone to these problems than 5.25" floppies are.

Memotech Floppy Disk Options

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