Welp, I’ve ordered a new, but cheap ($5.99!) regular PC floppy drive from newegg.com. I like this end result much better anyways. PC drives are much more available, popular, cheap, and so on.
was worried about prototype interfacing, but I found this:
Basically, it should take a regular floppy cable to normal breadboard pins. This should do the trick. Standard cable and standard floppy. I think that’s a win-win.
I honestly havent spent much time trying to figure out the problem, but heck, if I can move closer to my final goal while bypassing a problem, why not?
Both should be delivered by the end of the week.