Duckster, I don’t imagine that the computer spends any cycles checking for disks to be present on the Mac. It’s all interrupt driven (I imagine) in the driver for units that are compatible. That means you’re right in the case of incompatible PC floppy drives.
Handy, how do you eject using software on the PC? I have XP pro, and I admit I don’t recall trying to look in the contextual menu, but would it be there (check when I get home). I do know, though, that last night with an Epson scanner disk in the drive, XP asked me to insert my GeForce Driver Disk (I was installing too many things at a time) without automatically spitting out the disk. On the Mac (classically) the OS would automatically spit out the disk and ask you to insert the correct one.
On that note, I thought the Eject keyboard button on my QuickSilver (Mac) was kind of dorky, but I admit it’s a lot more convenient than Apple-E or dragging to the trash. What I miss about the older Mac OS was the ability to leave a disk mounted while it was ejected. A ghost would remain on the desktop, and you could still work with it, and the Mac would tell you when to swap whenever it needed to. On the plus side, the modern Mac has supurb support for using Disk images, so except for some badly-behaved games, we never need to use real CD’s once they’re imaged.
Ooh, this is spiraling out of control: anyone know of a way to work with disk images on XP like on the Mac? I don’t mean ISOBuster which sucks, but a way to mount images as drives?