December 2, 2023

Transit card for 5 1/4″ floppy drives

Do you enjoy retro computers? Have a system like a Commodore, Atari, Apple, TRS-80, or an old IBM 5150 for instance? Well transit cards were very useful back in the day at keeping the heads from colliding (on double sided drives) when the disk drive was being moved around (in transit).

They also push the head stepper mechanism back to track zero and keep it locked in place.

These are also very useful for users of Commodore 1541 disk drives. They normally park their head over track 18. But sometimes under certain conditions the head can become lost and then the drive fails to respond to the computer. A power cycle will not fix this when it happens. You can send an initialize command or format a disk to put the had back, but you can fix it very quickly by just inserting the transit card (always with the unit turned off) and allowing it to push the head mechanism back to track 0. Then you can use the drives again.

Our transit card is designed with a tab on the right side. This allows it to easily be inserted and removed into drives like the ones in the picture that have both a lever and a snap down latching mechanism.

You should make sure your retro 5 1/4 drive will work with the transit card before ordering. Some drives may have a fully enclosed drive bay and our tab that sticks out might be an issue. If you are unsure on if your drive is supported, drop us a line and we will try to help you find out.

Commodore 1541 disk drives not included.

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