November 18, 2009

How to replace a floppy drive in a yamaha EL90 with a USB drive

Filed under: Organs,Yamaha Electones — Tags: , — Joe Brewer @ 6:55 pm

I’m afraid I dont know how to do this, but I do know that there is a drive available which is a direct replacement. If you’ve found this article it’s likely that you have an older EL series organ that has issues with the floppy drive. Yamaha, in their infinate wisdom, chose to use a non standard 3.5″ drive that costs £100+ for the early EL series (EL60, EL70 and EL90). Why couldnt Yamaha have used a standard 3.5″ PC floppy drive on these organs? Who knows?

Recently this post offered a solution for modifying a standard PC disk drive with a few componants and a bit of soldering, but I dont really want to go this route.

Then I found out about EL-USB, a replacement drive that takes USB sticks. Finding any information about this drive is pretty difficult as most of the sites are in chinese, here is one example: . I’ve also seen the drive on but unfortunately the auctions that I found had finished.

If anyone has any information on the EL-USB or are after one as well please post a comment.


  1. did you find any info regards the usb drive ?, because my floppy drive is acting a little silly,
    also do you know where i can get thebutton replacement for the ejector button.
    thanks steve

    Comment by steve plummer — December 2, 2009 @ 3:23 pm

  2. Hi Steve. No new info as yet. I will post something as soon as I can.

    Comment by Joe Brewer — December 3, 2009 @ 5:29 pm

  3. Hello. Seems that Yamaha will start to product a floppy replacement for the Electone using an USB system.
    Take a look there:

    Comment by Tix — April 9, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

  4. Hey Tix. Awesome find – thanks for the info

    Comment by Joe Brewer — April 10, 2011 @ 4:52 pm

  5. oi sou do brasil tenho um yamaha el 900, comprei usado de segunda mão,preciso saber como encontrar o disk de registração que acompanha o órgão.disk original e outro com ritmos pronto.. algum pode me ajudar?

    Comment by elias — August 9, 2011 @ 2:01 pm

  6. ebay ?

    Comment by Joe Brewer — August 9, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

  7. Oi Elias.
    Voce pode encontrar tudo o q precisar para o seu electone nesse site:
    Bom donwload.


    Comment by Tix — August 10, 2011 @ 4:26 am

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