The original 3″ floppy disks for the Einstein are out of production and used floppies are hard to come by but, a modern 3.5″ PC floppy drive without jumper settings, can be used by the Einstein TC01 computer and quickly fitted as shown.
The Einstein computer needs a book disk to install DOS after which applications and programs saved on floppy disks can be loaded and run in the Einstein. A 3.5″ boot disk for the Einstein TC01 can be made in a PC floppy.
For quickly fitting a 3.5″ to an Einstein TC01
If the original 3″ internal drives are fitted these should have their jumper settings changed to be different from the external drives being fitted or an internal drive can be disconnected. The Einstein computer will have to be opened to do this.
3.5″ floppy drives can be fitted quickly to the external floppy drive port on the Einstein with a standard PC floppy drive data cable. Without alteration of the data lines on the ribbon cable it will act as drive 01 or B. To act as a boot drive 0 or A the ribbon cable can be altered.
The Standard PC floppy disk cable for a 01/B drive.
Making the 3.5″ external floppy an A/0 boot drive.
An external power supply for the 3.5″ floppy or an extension power cable and splitter can be used from the Einstein’s floppy drive power cable.
Creating a 3.5″ Einstein boot disk on the PC
A 3.5″ boot disk for the Einstein TC01 can be made in a PC floppy drive with an XP operating system using CPCDiskXP software and an Einstein Disk Image which can be downloaded via the internet.
CPCDiskXP can be downloaded from http://www.cpcmania.com
Einstein boot disk images can be downloaded from http://www.tatungeinstein.co.uk/
Use a 3.5″ 720k DD floppy disk or an HD disk with the right hole blocked.