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Does anyone know why R/W to/from an external floppy drive should be excruciatingly slow on a Mac? More importantly, is there any way of speeding it up?

I use the USB drive to transfer MIDI files from my elderly Yamaha keyboard, which has a built-in floppy drive. So I can't easily get around the problem using memory sticks. (And a new keyboard would cost an arm and a leg!). The time it takes to transfer files as small as 25kb is making me lose the will to live!

Incidentally, my OS is Mountain Lion.

Thanks in advance for any responses.
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Does anyone know why R/W to/from an external floppy drive should be excruciatingly slow on a Mac? More importantly, is there any way of speeding it up?

Incidentally, my OS is Mountain Lion.
Have you used this floppy drive on other computers where it wasn't slow?

The reason why floppy drives are slow...is because they are SUPER ancient computer technology.

Also...if you've used this floppy drive on other computers & it wasn't slow (non-Mac computers)...are you 100% sure this device is compatible with Macintosh computers? If so...maybe some sort of driver needs to be installed for it to work better.

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Does anyone know why R/W to/from an external floppy drive should be excruciatingly slow on a Mac? More importantly, is there any way of speeding it up?

I use the USB drive to transfer MIDI files from my elderly Yamaha keyboard, which has a built-in floppy drive. So I can't easily get around the problem using memory sticks. (And a new keyboard would cost an arm and a leg!). The time it takes to transfer files as small as 25kb is making me lose the will to live!

Incidentally, my OS is Mountain Lion.
Hello and welcome to the forum!

Now, I cannot really help you BUT a reference to 'external floppy drive' brought back a LOT of memories; when I started in academic medicine in the late 70s and was writing articles, my secretary stored the documents on 8" floppies; when I bought my first home computer in 1980, an Apple II+, I had two 5 1/4" floppy drives, and then finally the 3 1/2" drive emerged w/ a phenomenal 1.44 MB storage - BOY, the latter in a nice plastic container was NEAT! The attached pic shows the visual progression of these floppy devices.

Then solid state USB storage made the floppy extinct - now just an archaic device of historic interest - my only suggestion is to upgrade your hardware, sorry - Dave
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You didn't mention which USB floppy drive you're using.... but I have a Sony MPF88E 2X which I was using to copy old floppy info onto DVDs where it will last a lot longer. Anyway, reading and writing is slow especially when getting used to USB 2 or 3 speeds which are many times faster.

Like Nick said, it's old technology. Live with it or buy another Keyboard. New Yamaha keyboards (depending on what model you buy) are not all that expensive anymore since all of them are now being made in China.
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Apart from getting a new keyboard, there are two [low cost] options you might want to consider:
  • A new 3.5" Floppy Drive - these are about $10-$15 delivered from AliExpress or similar sources. Some specifically mention Mac compatibility, so at least there's "not as described" recourse, if it doesn't work properly.
  • A Floppy Drive Emulator for your keyboard, although, I must say, these look rather ugly, particularly, if there's no way to fit it in, instead of the existing drive.

There's no guarantee, of course, that either of these will be any faster though ...

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Thanks all.
Yes, I guess you have confirmed what I already suspected. The drive in question is a Sanyo (made in PRC)
and of the same type that already resides in my Yamaha keyboard. I appreciate your replies. Thanks again.

(I'll be saving up for a new keyboard!)

Mike
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