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