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Jukebox Five

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Jukebox Five by Fifth Generation Systems (the publishers of Suitcase II) is an automatic disk changer for the Macintosh SE, SE/30, II, IIx, IIfx, IIxc, and IIci.

Jukebox Five allows for rapid duplication, copying, or installation of up to 15 floppy disks at a time.

Compatibility
Architecture: 68k

The Jukebox Formatter software appears to be compatible with both System 6 and System 7+. It can technically be used with just two floppy drives for direct single-disk duplication, but works best with the Jukebox Five automated disk changer.

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by olePigeon - 2019, October 25 - 8:34pm

There are two components. The software isn't very useful without the Jukebox Five automatic disk exchanger. Its principle function is to automate either duplicating a floppy disk to many other disks, or copying files from a specific source to many other disks. You can also use it to do bulk formatting of floppy disks.

Unfortunately it does not work directly with disk images (although you can certainly mount a disk image and tell the software to copy the files from the disk image to the floppy drive.) I also doubt it will work with copy protected disks, but I haven't tried.

The device has a hopper on top in which you load up to 15 diskettes. Inside the box is a mechanical arm that latches onto a floppy disk. It pushes the disk into the floppy drive. After a disk is finished and ejected, the arm grabs the floppy disk and pulls it out, then drops it below the device into a carriage. It then repeats the process a number of times specified by the software.

Theoretically you can use Jukebox Five with any type of software (such as Disk Copy, especially version 6.3 since it's scriptable.) The Jukebox Formatter software simply automates the process.

It provides no advantage over Disk Images other than to create physical media. If an AppleScript is written for Disk Copy 6.3, then I think it should be possible to automate creating physical media from multiple Disk Images. I'm keen on giving it a try.

I also plan on making a YouTube video demonstrating the device in action. I'll post here when I finish making the video.

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by Jatoba - 2019, October 25 - 7:45pm

... What exactly does that app/device do? It looks interesting, but I'm not sure I grasped its purpose. It's an installation and app that allow up to 15 floppies to be physically switched in and out? How does it work?

Also, does this provide some advantage over using disk images?