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#1 mr_

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 09:16 PM

Hello everyone!

You might think I must be a bit stupid asking this. But this is a serious question. :)

I want to purchase a Netac U230 with 1 GB. Also I am interested in Netac U320 with at least 1 GB.

These devices have some special features I couldn't find at other devices. The features are USB Floppy Emulation, USB Zip Emulation and USB CD-ROM Emulation. If you know other devices from another vendor with this features you may also tell me.

The problem is that I can really not find a seller for these devices. I searched long on Google and not even on ebay or amazon I could find some second hand.

Please tell me either a Netac reseller or similar devices from another vendor. I would be also interested in USB harddisks with this features.

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 06:37 AM

Sounds like an interesting implementation in USB sticks.

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 09:07 AM

Your Google-fu was low. :)

It's on catalog since 2005:
http://www.laptopvid.......=6637&st=20

Here:
http://www.weast.co....alog/netac.html

Though not directly. :)

You should write them and to Netac and ask about it. :)

overseas@netac.com

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 09:08 AM

other brands may work to emulate floppy images, but not document the feature. perhaps some testing...? :)

likely someone here will speculate further on a brand to use shortly. :)

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 04:34 PM

other brands may work to emulate floppy images, but not document the feature. perhaps some testing...? :)

likely someone here will speculate further on a brand to use shortly. :)

Interesting question. I have 3 pen drives here and no reason to suspect that there is such a feature. Also no hardware switch. But may be possible that Netac devices just go rebranded... If no one from here can clear this question I have no idea how to find out.

Here:
http://www.weast.co....alog/netac.html

Though not directly. :)

Seams the U320 is not disposable there.

And kinda expensive.

Any cheaper resellers maybe?

You should write them and to Netac and ask about it. :)

overseas@netac.com

Done but no reply. :)

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 05:24 PM

So you also want it CHEAP? :)

OK, let's start again. :)

WHY do you need these features?

If the problem is that you have some PC that do not boot correctly from "HD" like media, it is likely that the U320 won't solve you the problem, or it may solve it with such a number of limitations that the solution would result unpractical/unuseful.

There are other possible solutions that need not "special" hardware, for some problems.

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 12:43 PM

Some news. See http://www.digit-lif...-transcend.html at the 'Transcend JetFlashA' part.

I couldn't find anyone who verified that this USB-FDD booting works.

This device is also hard to buy.

Some resellers of the Netac U230 doesn't answer my E-Mails, perhaps them dislike germans or do not want to ship to germany.

First time something additions for computer is hard to get at online shops.

So you also want it CHEAP? :cheers:


WHY do you need these features?

Some things are for me a bit more comfortable with this feature.

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Posted 26 July 2008 - 09:55 AM

Unfortunately that model jetflash A appears to have been produced in 64, 128 and 256 Mb only, I think it will be difficult to find one.

The utility for formatting it is available, however:
http://www.transcend...LKeyWd=jetflash


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Posted 30 July 2008 - 01:35 PM

Hi, now you can buy the USB FDD bootble disk at www.weast.co.uk.

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Posted 09 September 2008 - 03:51 PM

U can find a n automatic update to the NETAC U230 hardware
[LINK REMOVED]
for more information
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Posted 09 September 2008 - 04:06 PM

I removed the link (which was a Windows 98 driver, NOT a "hardware update") because the linked page appears to have "special tools" to "automate the download:

Download Free Tool to get the most current version of Netac U230 driver

which I find, to say the least, a suspicious item.

Removed also the signature as it was a direct link to a Commercial site, which is not allowed here.

Please PM me if you find my actions unjustified or excessive.

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#12 mr_

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Posted 25 December 2008 - 03:11 PM

There is now a new product from HP. (but also expensive)
http://h18004.www1.h...-key/index.html

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 10:34 AM

There is now a new product from HP. (but also expensive)
http://h18004.www1.h...-key/index.html


Your idea of "new" is peculiar. :cheers:

It's AT LEAST 1 and a 1/2 year old:
http://web.archive.o...-key/index.html

http://www.911cd.net...showtopic=22198

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 05:10 PM

There is now a new product from HP. (but also expensive)
http://h18004.www1.h...-key/index.html

Nice find, thanks mr_! :cheers:

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 05:51 PM

Found this page useful for gathering the required tools :cheers:

#16 mr_

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 06:58 PM

Nice find, thanks mr_! :cheers:

Where is the relevance to "special USB pen drive" (emulation features)?

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 12:38 AM

Where is the relevance to "special USB pen drive" (emulation features)?

These are tools for setting up 'floppy emulation' on USB flash 'pen' drives, I thought that might be helpful; guess not :cheers:

#18 mr_

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 11:17 AM

Just another http://www.udrw.com/

Anyone know which devices use this technology?

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 03:28 PM

When searching for flash-drives with special capabilities it is
best not to focus on brand-name but on controller-chip version/maker .
UFD's using the same controller will naturally have the same capabilities.

At russian site www.flashboot.ru is a database containing info on nearly 800 UFD's :
http://74.125.93.104...rSijp1vnRgLZYgw

You will also find a large collection of various tools for flash-drives,
including "Mass-Production Tools" (MPT), giving you full control of the controller :cheers:
http://translate.goo.....3Fname=iflash
Most of these tools can be started even without having the hardware, allowing you access
to the MPT's setup-section. That should give you an exact overview of any given controllers
capabilities . Another way to find info about a controller is to search for it's data-sheet ..

This iCreate controller seems interesting :
http://img132.images...ufcdrom3fb9.png
as does this SMI-made one :
http://img376.images...4456/msikr3.png

#20 mateuszek

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 08:11 AM

http://store.lexar.c...d=LJDRX16GASBNA

=USB FDD
great smi based

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 02:38 PM

The Netac OnlyDisk U207 (1GB or 2GB) has a side switch.

In FDD position it emulates a 1.44Mb TEAC floppy drive, in the other position a normal 1GB or 2GB USB stick.

I use it a lot and so do my customers.

http://www.rm.com/sh...?cref=PD1163677

We also will have a 2GB version shortly.




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