Amdek 3-inch Micro-Floppydisk Dual-Cartridge Drive

Removeable storage technology in the early 1980 was diverse with many competing standards. Not surprisingly, some were short-lived as they failed to interest enough system manufacturers and software firms.

Amdek Micro-Floppydisk drive
Source: Amdek, 1984

Amdek’s Micro-Floppydisk was a good example. The company was a leading peripherals vendor with a wide product line. The market was starting to move away from the then-standard 5.25-inch floppy disks, and Amdek saw an opportunity to establish itself with a smaller format storage device.

Amdek Micro-Floppydisk cartridge
Source: Amdek, 1984

The first generation of Amdek’s 3-inch drives launched in 1982 and was called the AmDisk-3. It was marketed primarily to Apple II users. It was based on the Hitachi/Matsushita/Maxell design. The Micro-Floppydisk dual-cartridge drive was introduced in 1984 and was available for a wider range of systems.

Sony’s 3.5-inch floppy format eventually won the day in the removeable storage wars.

Introduced: 1984
Original Retail Price: $899
Base Configuration: 2 3-inch floppy disk drives with a combined 1MB capacity, plug-compatible with 5.25-inch floppy drives

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Michael Nadeau

I am the author of Collectible Microcomputers (Schiffer Books, 2002) and have been an editor of many technology publications including BYTE, 80 Micro, and HOT CoCo. My interest in the history of information technology is broad. I use my blogs, ClassicTech and Vintage Computer Photos, to build on the work I did for Collectible Microcomputers.

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