Formatted and Programmed USB Drive AGE3 System

Part Reference: 27705-AGE3

XYZ Part Number: 17024

Floppy disk drives and floppy disks are no longer available from XYZ. XYZ offers USB floppy emulators to replace the system disk and/or programme storage drives of the following controls:

  • MX2 (Combined System/programme storage disk only)
  • MX3
  • AGE2/3
  • EDGE (Combined System/programme storage disk only)
  • VM/VL/SM (programme storage disk only)
  • SMX/SLX (early controls with programme storage floppy disk drive

For MX and AGE controls, it is reasonably straightforward for customers to fit the USB floppy emulators, in place of the original floppy drives, themselves. However, there a couple of problems you may encounter:

  • The connector position on the emulators is slightly different to the original floppy drives, so you may find that the ribbon cable is not be long enough to connect between an original floppy drive and a new emulator.  For this reason, we strongly recommend you replace both system and programme storage drives together.
  • Some MX2 and MX3 systems may not boot with the emulators fitted.  If you encounter this problem, then you will have to send the computer module to XYZ for modification of the motherboard BIOS, for which we will charge the standard inspection fee of 2 hours labour.  Of course, it may be the case, that your Motherboard is faulty, in which case, we will advise the cost of a repair before proceeding.  Unfortunately, there is no way to tell in advance if you will have bootup problems.

Alternatively, you can purchase a service exchange computer module with the USB drives already fitted and tested.  For the other controls, the conversion process requires dismantling the control pendant and XYZ would strongly recommend customers purchase a service exchange pendant.

There is one USB, floppy drive emulator (XYZ part number 17039) which can be used in any control originally fitted with a floppy disk drive.  But, please ensure you set the jumpers correctly,


 There is also only one parts programme USB drive (part number 17040) which can be used in any control (except MX2 and EDGE).  You can purchase as many of these USB drives as you require to store all of your programmes.  These USB sticks are specially configured (to 1.44MB) to work with the USB emulators; off-the-shelf USB sticks will not work.  To transfer your programmes onto the new programme USB drive insert your floppy disk and new USB parts programme drive into any Windows desktop/laptop PC and copy over using the normal file copying tools.  If your desktop PC does not have a floppy disk drive, then please purchase an external floppy drive with USB interface (XYZ part number 245).

 There are a number of different System USB disks; and the correct one must be purchased to match the control type.

  • LX2 Formatted And Programmed USB- P/N 17019
  • LX3 Formatted And Programmed USB- P/N 17020
  • MX2E Formatted And Programmed USB- P/N 17021
  • MX3E Formatted And Programmed USB- P/N 17022
  • AGE2 Formatted And Programmed USB- P/N 17023
  • AGE3 Formatted And Programmed USB- P/N 17024
  • EDGE Formatted And Programmed USB- P/N 17025
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