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Floppy Drive Help!

Question: Floppy Drive Help!

ok A: i'm new here... HI!!!! B: my floppy drive isn't in the My Computer on my deskopi'm running WindowsXP and it goes so far as to that it doesn't even recognize my floppy drive so i can't tell what brand it is but the problem is that i'll put a floppy disc in and then go to my computer to go to drive A: (the common drive letter for floppys) and it's not there and it's not under anyother drive letters either because i've checked... so if anyone could please help i would appreciate it!

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Preferred Solution: Floppy Drive Help!

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Answer: Floppy Drive Help!

What happened prior to this? I am assuming that it used to work so something has changed.Is the floppy seen in the BIOS/Setup screen? Is the floppy seen in Device Manager?

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I want to make a bios disc and I have a bunch of old floppy discs laying around though I'm pretty sure some of them are messed up or what not. Is there a way for me to scan them to see if they are in 100% working order or a way I can make them 100% working order so I can make an error free bios disc?

I mean I just inserted a floppy in the new floppy drive and keep in mind I'm making a bios disc. When I double clicked the floppy drive with the floppy in it. The drive said "The floppy disc is not formatted", and a menu popped up. I understand all of the stuff it says because most cannot be reset such as size, file system, and allocation unit size. But in the bottom of the menu it says format options:

QUICK FORMAT [ ]

CREATE MS DOS STARTUP DISC [ ]
The [ ] represents a check box. Remember I'm going to be using this as a bios disc so what do you all think I should pick? None?
 

Answer:How can I create an error free floppy disc with the floppy hard drive I bought?

You can use Quick Format. When you run the program to create the BIOS disk it will probably format the disk again before writing the bios files.
 

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Hey guys,I used one of my friends pen drive on my pc and while browsing the pen drive,My avira picked up a trojan alert and i moved all the threats to quarantine and restarted my pc.After the reboot;Taskmanager,Mscofig,regedit,firefox,chrome are all not working/opening.Ctrl+alt+delete had been disabled and my floppy disk drive kept flickering continously.Internet explorer was the only browser that was working,But whenever i searched "regedit crashing" in google,IE too crashed!

When i restart the System in normal mode these are the problems that i have.

When ever i try to open firefox/chrome by double clicking the cursor loads for a second and then nothing happens.Some times it reports a error message about a 16-bit memory usage..I didn't read this error properly because it appeared only once.

My floppy disk drive light keeps flickering without a seconds pause and makes weird noises .

-----HI SORRY FOR EDITING BUT I FOUND THE SOLUTION TO MY PROBLEM..I USED MALWARE BYTES ANTI-MALWARE FREE TO REMOVE MALWARE FROM MY PC AND IT WORKED! ----- THANKS TO ELISE WHO TROUBLESHOOTED THE SAME PROBLEM IN ANOTHER THREAD.

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Ok I have a self-built computer...it's a year old just a few days ago.

Win XP SP2 (I think)
Intel Quad-Core 2.4ghz [OCed to 3.2ghz)
RAM 4gb [2.5gb detected]
HDD- Western Digital 160GB and not sure which company could be Maxtor 500GB SATA
8800GT 512mb Video Card

I have an IDE drive on there too with an Apple OSX installed on it.


but

I've been hunting viruses and trojans [due to a backdoor trojan that] for the last few days and elimintated most of them including the backdoor. I was running a 'thourough' scan today while I was at school as well as downloading some things. MY anti-virus program is avast!

Thinking my comps quad-core 3.2ghz could handle the load I turned on Company of Heroes while all this was running....the comp froze...I restarted manually.

The first screen I got is the usual one except under SATA Channel listings it said Floppy disk(s) fail (40)....I don't have a floppy drive.

Then when I press F1 to continue it doesn't load up my main hardrive where Windows is installed. Like it doesn't detect it....it only detects the IDE drive with Apple on it and can start it up.

Don't ask me how I have an Apple OS on my comp the answer might violate the forums rules...but that OS isn't the problem.

Somehow the anti-virus scan mixed with downloading and a video game crash messed things up. Even F8 doesn't work.

Answer:[SOLVED] Floppy Disk Fail(40)...but I have no floppy drive..no startup

The BIOS was reset to default values. Enter the BIOS at startup and change the boot order priority to the sata hdd first. Locate the screen with the setting for the floppy drive and set that drive to disabled or none. If there's a setting called halt on disk errors change it to "no errors but keyboard" or something like that. Once you're back within windows run chkdsk c: /R to correct errors in the file system caused by the hard restart (answer y when prompted to schedule the scan at next startup and restart the computer).

What's the brand, model and wattage of your power supply ? The freezing wasn't necessarily caused by the antivirus, could have been caused by an underpowered power supply. With an overclocked quad core and a 8800GT you need a quality 700W+ supply. Locate the hardware monitor screen in the BIOS and report your temps, fan speeds and voltages.


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Don't ask me how I have an Apple OS on my comp the answer might violate the forums rules...but that OS isn't the problem.




Actually mentioning it already violates the forum rules. Please read them if you didn't already : http://www.techsupportforum.com/rules.php. Also read this. I'll pass this time cause it's your first post but I'll have to issue an official warning next time.

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I recently built a system with an Intel 955 Motherboard. All is well, except for one curious thing - the floppy drive activity light is always on, from the moment of startup, even before WinXP loads, and the system can't read a floppy. It just keeps requesting that I insert a floppy into my a: drive. It does not sound like the floppy spindle is running, and there are no solenoid-like clicks when I insert the floppy as though the system is trying to read it, just the mechanical "snap" of the eject spring.

Any thoughts? Did I miss something in BIOS? I tried 2 different, brand-new floppy drives and they both act the same way. I've never encountered this before.
 

Answer:Floppy Drive Power Light Always On, Can't Read Floppy

The chances are, you`ve not installed the floppy drive/cable correctly.

Look Here for floppy drive installation instructions.

Regards Howard
 

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Todays poll is to see who has used their floppy drive. I would like to say a few good things for the floppy drive, bcease there are some even though its old and not the quickest bit of kit in the machine. I would like to say that in the world of technology that we live in today its the one piece that we can truly rely upon to be always there for us when we need it. Floppy Drives very rarly have problems and break leaving us stuck which is nice to see today. They should stay with us for a long time to come yet, it would be a mistake to get rid of such a reliable piece of hardware.

Answer:Floppy Drive Poll - Hooray for floppy drives

Couldn't agree more. Been a godsend for me at times.

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My son has taken a floopy disk out of his W-95 PC before an operation was completed. Now the W-95 PC will not accept any operation with other floppies but we can not find the one he was using.Is there a way to free W-95 away from still expecting to finish the original floppy operation so that the floppy drive can be brought back into use?Many thanks in anticipation.

Answer:Win95 Floppy drive locked on missing floppy

You should be able to re-boot the computer which should free it, or are you getting an error message? If so what does it say?

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Hi All,

Here is the low down. I cant boot into any OS.

I formatted my PC and figured that after installing XP i'd dual boot Ubuntu (9.04).
So all went well, XP and Ubuntu installed as anticipated i could access both OS' for a couple of hours.

When i was in Ubuntu, i was trying to change my primary monitor (22") to have the toolbar instead of my 19".
I went on Ubuntu forums to see what had to be done, and i needed to reboot for the changes to take effect.

After i rebooted, it didnít list any of my 2 hard drives (150gb raptor, 1tb Samsung) or my Asus DVD/CD drive.

My motherboard (Nvidia 680I) stated 7F which only says in the manual as "Check POST error and display them and ask user intervention".
Well, the lovely post error comes up as:


floppy disk(s) fail (40) Click to expand...

floppy disk(s) fail (40)
Real helpful right? And considering i have NO floppy drive...(its a custom built PC)
And i have two options, F1 to continue and DEL for BIOS.

I checked BIOS first, reset to default, removed floppy drive from the boot menu, rebooted, same issue.

Hit F1 to continue now, and the only bootable option is the NVIDIA Boot Agent and comes up with this:

NVIDIA BOOT AGENT 231.0528
PXE-E61: MEDIA TEST FAILURE, CHECK CABLE
PXE-M0F: EXITING NVIDIA BOOT AGENTClick to expand...

This goes on a continuous loop, failing every time. I've checked all cables and it all seems fine.
Now i cant even access my CD/DVD drive (completely disabled) which... Read more

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Hi, I'm trying to install Windows XP Pro SP2 on my Compaq CQ62-423NR laptop.

I use this laptop for work. It came with Windows 7 Home Premium. During the past few days, a computer on our company's network was infected with a virus. It spread to our company's network drive (NAS) and infected many of the files. When I used my computer to access the network drive, the virus infected my computer, and for some reason, AVG wasn't able to detect the virus until it was too late. I.T. has restored the network drive from a backup, and all ordered everyone to restore from a clean backup or reinstall Windows. I have made backups before, but they were stored on the computer's hard drive and I.T. says the backups may be infected, so I can not use them.

It's been a long time since the warranty expired. HP doesn't want to let me order recovery media. Then I made a dumb move and deleted the Windows 7 partition, hoping to be able to install Windows XP. But there was a problem with that.

If I simply boot from the installation CD, a BSoD (STOP) appears. After some research, I found out this is because my laptop's hard drive has AHCI and there is no option in the BIOS (InsydeH20 Rev 3.5) to disable it.

I read somewhere that I can either use a floppy drive to load the AHCI drivers before installation, or slipstream the ISO/install CD and add the AHCI drivers to the list of drivers that come built-in.

Since I'm trying to install Windows XP on a lapt... Read more

Answer:Solved: URGENT! F6 floppy drivers without floppy drive?

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I'm trying to build my first computer and I think I've got things setup right, but whenever I try to boot up I get the a message on the screen saying Floppy Disk(s) Fail (40). The Problem is that I don't have a floppy drive and my computer only gives me about one to five secs. (depending how long I wait between boot attempts) to get into the BIOS and try to do anything. the motherboard I am working with is a EVGA nForce 680i SLI motherboard and it uses Pheonix-Award BIOS. Thanks in advance for any help.
 

Answer:Floppy Disk(s) Fail (40) error but I don't have a floppy drive

You need to get into the BIOS and Disable Floppy drives. It should be on the same screen as the basic set-up.
Also take it out of the Boot sequence.
 

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I want to copy files I have on floppy to a cd, problem is I don't have a floppy drive on my new laptop and no cd burner on old pc which is running 98se.

how do I connect these pc together to use my burner on one pc to copy off a drive from another, if at all possible.
 

Answer:make floppy copy with no floppy drive

Hook the PC with the flopy drive up to your internet connection and e-mail it to yourself...
 

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I am trying to get into one of my foppy disk as it has some files on it that I am trying to look at. everytime I put my disk into the floppy (A) drive and try to load the files on it I get a error message saying disk drive A is not formatted and when I click on yes to format the disk it says my information will be erased of the disk if I do so I didn't try it however I tried to load another disk with nothing on it and I tired to reformat it but it didn't reformat it(I forget what It said). how can I get my floppy disk to load my files to where I can pull up the Microsoft word documents that I have on them? what is wrong with my floppy drive?

Answer:floppy drive won't format floppy disk

The disks are probably corrupted. You can try and recover the files off of them using BadCopy Pro - Floppy Disk, CD, DVD and Digital Media Data Recovery Software

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I think I have an easy enough question. I recently got a used Sony Digital Mavica, MVC-FD73 (easily googled Amazon review available for detail at the following address:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00000JYLO/104-5712612-3771949?v=glance )

from a friend and see here that it saves to floppy discs. That's all fine and dandy, but my new computer has no floppy drive.

I am not well educated on the USB floppy connection materials... could someone please provide me with tips for buying an external floppy drive? I have no open bays left on my PC for an internal one.

Thank you for reading.
 

Answer:Solved: Floppy Required, but no floppy drive!

I have an Imation external USB floopy drive, it works great and I highly recommend it, here is one link to this type of drive: http://www.pcmall.com/pcmall/shop/detail~dpno~303054.asp
 

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I built my first system and when I boot up the system it gives me the Floppy Drive Error 40. The problem is, I dont have a floppy installed not do I plan on installing one. Everything else works great i just hate having to hit F1 to boot my system. Any help on how to disable this would be great!

Thanks!
Nick

System Info:
Intel Core2 E6750 2.66Ghz 1333FSB, Vista Ultimate, 3GB 800Mhz Ram, nVidia 680i SLI Motherboard, Dual nVidia 512MB 8600 GTS, Dual 160GB 10K RPM Westerrn Digital HDD, Raidmax DirkTooth Smilodon Case and A Dell 24" Ultrasharp Widescreen Display.
 

Answer:HELP. Floppy Error 40 but no Floppy Drive

Disable the floppy drive controller in the BIOS.
 

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When I insert any floppy in the Floppy Drive of my system, the message that the disk is not formatted is displayed even when the floppy disk contains certain data on it and prompts to format the disk. On trying to format the disk, the formatting fails and the message that the windows was unable to complete the formatting comes. The same floppy works in the other drives. When I sought the help of an authorized service personnel, the same says that on testing as well as replacing the drive, no problem is found!!!
Then why doesn't the floppy work on my system???
Please help!!!
 

Answer:Its Floppy Or Floppy Drive (Problem)!

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two weeks ago i was bought a Fujitsu B series lifebook computer.About 5 days ago I had got that virus stating I had a "processor running at 83 degrees", "hard drive clusters are partly damaged", "must scan to fix this issue", yatta yatta yatta and some other classic virus jive talk i cant remember at this moment. At first it kept bothering me about the scan, then it started popping up 57 windows in short succesion, then i couldnt access my other files, then my desk top went black and was reduced to 4 icons, start menu was obliterated.try combo fix, trend micro, some other reliable programs but i would either down load them and they'd disappear or in the case of combofix it would load then exit out quickly. It reached a point were i just couldn't boot my computer up anymore.NTLDR was missing it said. I am not sure if that virus deleted it or if the computer and its hd were just old and wore out. It was from the flea market.. I cant get past that error msg, there is no flash drive boot up option on this old thing, i have no floppy drive with it, it has no cd rom drive, ive heard the external usb cd rom drive cant be used to boot it up but im not 100 percent sure.Someone else with the same notebook reported that it would not allow usb cd rom drive boot up. I have been told network boot is an option but i was told thats just to access it after its turned on and its not what i think its for. I was told an hd switch was a good option but i dont... Read more

Answer:"NTLDR is missing" issue with computer featuring no cd rom drive, floppy drive, or flash drive support..

i think im past infected moderator. saying im still in the infection stage is like telling someone with cervical cancer to take the HPV vaccine..

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I installed a Sony floppy disk drive into my Vista PC - and got this message: "A:\ is not accessible. The floppy disk controller reported an error that is not recognized by the floppy disk driver." The disk shows up as Drive A on My Computer, the green light comes on, etc - but will not read.
I tried uninstalling/reinstalling several times, but the same problem.
Can anyone help?

Answer:floppy disk controller/floppy disk drive problem in Vista

In your BIOS, do you have the proper floppy drive configured? Most BIOS settings will allow for several different kinds of floppy drives ("3.5", 5.25", etc). Make sure the right one is selected.

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my new motherboard came capable of booting up from a USB flash drive/cdrom/HDD etc...

my last one apparently also had it but it was kinda half ***** still so i left the floppy there.

so does the flash drive finally replacing floppy disk drive as far as features and being acessible and bootable in bios and dos?

i got a gigabyte GA-EP43-UD3L motherboard and treres an option in the boot menu for flashdrive.

i had to use the floppy to recover from my system not booting up into windows in the past and dont want to get stuck without any access to the system if something happends.

and also i made a customized image of my windows disk with latest graphic drivers and all the rest of them using NLITE.

but could not figure out how to make a bootable flashdrive.
i just extracted the image to flash drive and it wouldnt boot.

i went around google for a lil bit and found few different methods of doing it.

can anyoen suggest which method os the easiest and most reliable out of them?

Answer:can we finally get rid of floppy drive? making a windows install flash drive

My mobo doesn't even have a connector for a floppy disk drive. I use a flash drive to flash my bios, but I have a usb floppy drive if I happen to need one.

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This is a really strange problem.  Windows 2000 has problems accessing my 3 1/2" floppy drive.  If I try to access a drive through Explorer or a DOS box, Windows can't read the disk.  At first I thought it was a bad drive so I removed it and tested it in another system and found it worked just fine.  I then re-installed it in the system in question and found that I can boot to the floppy drive just fine.  I then rebooted the system with a non-bootable disk in the drive.  When I received the "Non-system disk.  Remove and press any key..." prompt, I ejected the disk, let Windows start and immediately put the disk back in the drive.  Since there is now a disk in the drive as Windows is starting up, it allows access to the disk from Explorer and a DOS box.  It seems that Windows will only allow access to a floppy if it's in the drive when Windows starts up.  Installing a disk in the drive after Windows is up and running doesn't allow access.Any ideas?

Answer:Windows 2000 can't access floppy drive unless disk in drive when starting

I would try this.  Remove the floppy disk.  Open Device Manager and uninstall the floppy drive.  Then, restart the computer.  Does Windows recognize new hardware and install it?

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I receive the following error whenever writing multiple or large files to my floppy disk:
Disk Write Error
Unable to write to disk in drive A:
Data or files may be lost

It occurs about every 5 seconds when writing files. Some files, typically small ones, are written with no problems.
I've replaced the floppy drive with a new one and the problem remains.
I swapped in a known working floppy and cable from another working PC and experienced the same problem.

Please suggest a solution.
 

Answer:[SOLVED] Floppy Drive Error: Unable to write to disk in drive A

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I've been noticing after re-installing Win 7 that I get random floppy drive seeks and the hard drive light flashes like crazy and then everything is fine again.I have Clamwin AV,Spyware Blaster and Spybot S&D installed,but that's it,no Windows Defender or Essentials AV.Any ideas what causes this? It's a minor annoyance,but I just want to make sure it's not damaging anything.Also would Readyboost help me? I've got 2 gigs dual channel PC3200 ram(or I could go with 2.5 gig single channel PC2700)and a P4 at 3 gig until I can afford to upgrade my comp.This is my first post in quite awhile so I hope this is in the right place Thanks.

Answer:Random floppy drive seek and hard drive light flashing

I have a fix for the floppy drive problem. Unplug it!

But er, it could easily be the AV software doing it, or possibly the Windows indexer.

To track it down you could try catching it in the act (if it's prolonged enough) by using the "Resource Monitor" found on the Performance tab of the Task Manager. Click on the "Disk" tab and wait for it to happen and see if something new shows up as doing disk IO.

Though also, disabling the AV software temporarily and see if it stops might be a first try...

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I have the exact problem with drive A. When trying to backup to it, a frequent blue screen write error appears. In searching the web, others have experienced this problem. I have not found a clear solution to the problem short of reloading all of windows. Can someone help?

Jon
 

Answer:[SOLVED] Floppy Drive Error: Unable to write to disk in drive A

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I did an AVG virus scan of my floppy and found an error (dont know what that error is, and no virii).
Floppy drive (both old and the new one I swiped in) does not recognize diskettes in drive. 2 cables (1 ribbon, 1 power) are plugged into drive.
New floppy drive reads properly in new computer (at least to detect scsi adapter diskette, though it doesn't actually work).

I have had $1500 as no more than a paperweight since the 22nd, please help!

Answer:3 1/2 floppy drive light stays on, not reading disks in drive

check the BIOS and see whether the floppy drive is enabled

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Looks that way.

Ever since the technician replaced my defective CD drive, I've been noticing a quick flash of a message saying "diskette drive failure" while I launch Windows. The screen goes by too fast for me to read it, but when I put a floppy disk into my drive, the computer prompted me to insert a floppy disk.

What could have the technician done? I was never getting this error or problem before he came.

He only said his name was Allan. No phone number or anything to contact him.
 

Answer:Dell Technician Broke Floppy Drive While Replacing CD Drive

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if I use accessories system tools and back up it looks like I also have to insert floppy disc and I do not have a floppy drive. How can I back-up entire C drive onto external hard drive without this

Answer:back up c drive onto external hard drive with no floppy driv

I use Seagate Disk Wizard on a bootable CD.Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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After being attacked by several Trojans a couple of nights ago (which I mentioned in another thread), my security and personal information may be compromised as I speak, and it looks likely that I'll have format and re-install Windows XP on my laptop for the first time. This is my first time doing so for this CLEVO D900T, which is from circa-2005 and a hand-me-down from a family member. The thing is, I'm reading in this laptop's manual that in order to re-install WIndows XP, I'll be needing a USB floppy disk drive to install what appears to the drivers for the laptop's SATA drive. Thing is, I wasn't given a USB floppy drive by my family member, thus I don't have one. I was wondering, could I instead use a flash drive or flash memory (i.e microSD card) via the laptop's card reader to load the drivers? I'm not sure if in this case it'd be best if I just re-install or format and re-install.

Also, I'm trying to make it easier for me to get my laptop back to the way it is when and if I re-install. Is there any way I can get a list of all of the programs I have installed on my PC right now, or possibly carry over all of my programs and settings for the next install? Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

Answer:Laptop needs USB floppy drive to reinstall Win XP, can I use flash drive/memory instead?

Well, you are going to have problems... Sorry to say...

First off, most PCs with SATA drives will have an option in the BIOS to place it in IDE mode. This assures that Windows Setup will be able to detect it as a drive with the ability to be installed to.

As for USB drives, it all depends on your BIOS version and manufacturer. Toshiba for example, does not support ANY usb device unless it is made by their company. It sucks, yes, but i guess for more money for crappy products.

You can install the drivers to a flash drive, but you will also have to make a bootable image to that drive, and load your windows setup files, manually format and partition the drive, copy the files over, then start the setup process to do that. It is a huge hassle that I had to deal with on a Toshiba Portege 3500.

Backing up is a bit easier. You can use the built in windows backup software (Start>All Programs>Accessories>System tools> Backup) and make a complete backup to an external drive to restore after format. The problem is YOU WILL ALSO TRANSFER THE VIRUSES YOU HAVE!!!

If you use the file and settings transfer wizard, you can transfer most of your stuff, but you WILL HAVE TO REINSTALL A LOT OF YOUR SOFTWARE, as it will not transfer your registry entries.
Your best bet is to get an Antivirus/spyware removal tool (Such as www.superantispyware.com) and an anti MAlware software (such as Malwayebytes). This will clear most of your infections, and gives you more time ... Read more

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I am using win XP. I bought a generic flash drive and it worked well for two days. Now, my computer shows it as a removable drive, but when I try to access it, it asks me to insert a disc into it!!

Also, when I click properties - it shows there is no capacity on the flash drive. I am a beginner with computers, I would appreciate some help in layman terms. Thank you.
 

Answer:My Computer thinks my flash drive is a floppy drive! Help!

Did your Flash come with any software? Xp is obviously confused as to exactly what the drive is .
It may be that the drive is full. Try formatting it .Right click on the drive in My Computer.
If there is a Web page for the Drive see if they have drivers for it .Download the file.

Often you can plug the drive in and go to Device Manager . there you can uninstall the drive by right clicking on it and uninstall.Then reboot with the drive left in.Xp will try to install drivers when you get back to Desktop.Cancel that and use the Hardware Wizard to search for the drivers .Here you choose the device from the lists that are offered to you. That of course is if your drive is listed.
 

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please help. running windows xp, got 19G memory. not sure about other info. every time i try and run a cd rom or floppy disk i am told that windows cannot read it it may not have been formatted. this has only occurred over the last four days. can someone please help as i am completely at a loss
 

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There was a post on this earlier in the month, but it was about a laptop and the responders told others to make a new thread with their problems. So here's mine:

I bought a seagate sata drive, and I'm trying to install xp on it. I have an epox 9nda3j mobo. The computer already has a WD pata drive dual-booting XP and Vista on it. I've had absolutely no luck installing XP on the computer, getting the same disc read errors that others get. I tried using nlite to make a boot disc, but I'm not sure if I did it right or not. I tried using a USB floppy with the sata drivers from epox, but XP appears to have no intention of recognizing it. I briefly looked into seagate's disc wizard, but it didn't seem to be very helpful either. I saw some stuff about dynamic drive overlay being a problem in other searches I made, but the option to remove it from my drive was grayed out. So now I'm sitting here with a 400GB paper weight. Does anyone have any idea what I could be doing wrong here, or what else I need to do to fix this?
 

Answer:fresh xp install on new sata drive w/o floppy drive

any ideas?
 

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Hey, i recently ghosted my 250gb ATA 133 drive to a 200gb SATA drive. I made sure I installed the drivers before I imaged so it would boot and detect correctly. It worked fine for 2 months. I am currently contemplating re-installing Windows because of a few problems with my current installation and general junking up of the OS. I have a SP2 disc but i dont have a Floppy drive installed and i really dont want to install one just for the SATA drivers. Is there any way to install XP to a SATA drive without a floppy disk?

Wayne

Answer:Installing Windows XP to a SATA drive without a floppy drive

Wayne I am actually in the same boat you are as we speak I dont know if its an option to search your CD-ROM drive for drivers or not. I have never had to do it so I willl tell you my findings when I get done tonight...It is going to be a bit harder for me as I am setting 2X250GB SATA drives in a RAID0..wish me luck..lol.

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i have never used a floppy/installed, an i want 2 change my ide drive 2 a raptor 1000rpm sata drive is there a way?
 

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The bios is detecting all of them but Windows 7 is not. The floppy's power is on all the time and it is enabled in the bios. My 3rd hard drive is not being detected, however I did delete some windows 7 files and it was working before that. And I have no idea about my dvd drive. My other drive is working though.

Answer:Windows 7 not detecting hard drive, floppy and dvd drive

You are going to need to clear some things up.

Do you have an operational system?
"however I did delete some windows 7 files and it was working before that"

By this sentence I would think not.
Insert the W7 disk and press F8 while it is booting and select restore to the last known good configuration and you should be all set.

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I can't seem to figure this one out, but no matter what I try, Windows Vista is finding my NEC-DVD/CD drive as a floppy drive. When I uninstall it and ask it to find new hardware, it finds it as a floppy again. Its connected via IDE, and its the only IDE connection I have. Anyone have any idea what may be going on, or how I can fix it?

Thanks

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I have an HPnx7300 laptop. I have a brand new SATA drive in it. Can anyone tell me how I can install Windows XP onto a SATA drive with no Floppy drive to put the XP driver on it?
Thank you,
Carol
 

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I've got a laptop with Windows Vista pre-installed, and as I hate Vista it needs to go.

I tried to install XP but I get an "no hard disk" error, because the laptop's HD is a SATA drive. As the laptop does not have a floppy drive, I can't load the drivers into the installation.

I tried to slipstream the drivers on the bootable XP installation CD using nLite, and trying to do it manually, but to no avail. With the CD created by using nLite I get the same "no hard disk" error, if I do it manually I get a "cannot find driver" error, despite the fact that the drivers are on the CD and that all necessary files point to the driver's location.

Any ideas, anyone?

Thanks.
 

Answer:XP install on SATA drive without floppy drive

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After some good research, I found that the reason my laptop won't boot is due to a BIOS error. According to http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/bph07107 the blink codes mean my BIOS is saying "Legacy floppy drive or CD/DVD drive not detected". What should I do to fix this? Do I just restore my BIOS using the method the page says, or do I need to repair my CD/DVD Drive?

Answer:What does "Legacy floppy drive or CD/DVD drive not detected"...

 The document you are looking at is for desktop computers. Also the "Legacy floppy drive or CD/DVD drive not detected" occurs when attempting to flash the BIOS. Document for laptops is here:http://support.hp.com/us-en/product/Compaq-Presario-CQ61-300-Notebook-PC-series/3938633/model/404137...

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Hi everyone

Out of the blue if try to use the A drive, I get a message which reads "no disk Exception Processing Message c0000013 Parameters 75b6bf9c 4 75b6bf9c 75b6bf9c:

Is the drive dead? I scanned for spyware & viruses (spyware doctor and AVG - both updated) and nothing showed up. What can I do to rectify this? My CD & DVD drives work fine.

XP home, P4 1 gb ram

Anyone HELP!

Thanks

Larry (Moreproblems)
 

Answer:Solved: Floppy drive (A drive)won't work

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I'm guessing this is a bad sign...

I'm using Windows XP SP2 on a Dell Dimension 8300, and I was having problems with various things (see below) so I tried repairing Windows... big mistake.

Everything was going fine until it encountered a fatal error during setup ("The signature or Windows XP Home Edition Upgrade is invalid. The error code is 426".). Now if I try booting up without the CD it tells me to put the CD in so it can finish repairing the OS. I put the CD in. It gets the same fatal errors. It reboots. Repeat ad insanity.

Safe mode doesn't help -- it just says "I can't complete the repair in safe mode, so I'm going to reboot. HA!", or something like that. So I can't get a command line or anything. My (uninformed) guess is that it's got something to do with the bios: Before I tried repairing I couldn't boot off the floppy drive, and for the repair I had to put the cd in the DVD drive because it wouldn't boot off the CD drive. So it looks like it just can't recognize these bits of hardware. It's been suggested that I try replacing components -- RAM chips, hard-drive, floppy drive, etc. But I can't see how a fault in any of those components could cause the other problems. Surely it has to be the motherboard. Reloading the bios would be nice, but since I can't get it do aything other than run around in a death spiral that doesn't really seem to be an option. Some people have suggested it might be a compatibility thing -- SP2 on the computer but... Read more

Answer:No floppy drive, no cd drive, no command line, no OS, no...

This is a possiblilty:

CAUSE
This problem may occur if the Setup program does not delete all the files in the WinDir\System32\Catroot2 folder during the removal of the earlier version of Windows.

Note WinDir is the Windows installation folder.
RESOLUTION
To resolve this problem, rename the %WinDir%\System32\Catroot2 folder. For more information about how to rename folders by using the Windows XP user interface, click Start, click Help and Support, type renaming folders, press ENTER, and then click Change the name of a file or folder.

To rename the %WinDir%\System32\Catroot2 folder at a command prompt, follow these steps: 1. While the Setup program is running, and while the error message still appears on the screen, press SHIFT+F10 to start a command prompt.
2. At the command prompt, type cd\windows\system32\, and then press ENTER.
3. Type rename catroot2 catold, press ENTER, and then restart the computer.
4. Try again to finish the upgrade.

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I was doing some research and came across an old post where CRJDriver helped a guy out and was wondering if I wcould get some of the same assistance!

I've got a Gateway desktop with Windows Vista pre-installed, and my wife hates Vista, therefore I would like to dual-boot with XP.

I tried to install XP but I get an "no hard disk" error, which I believe is because the HD is a SATA drive, and becase I don't have a floppy drive, I can't load the drivers into the installation.

I tried to slipstream the drivers on the bootable XP installation CD using nLite, and trying to do it manually, but to no avail. With the CD created by using nLite I get the same "no hard disk" error, if I do it manually I get a "cannot find driver" error, despite the fact that the drivers are on the CD and that all necessary files point to the driver's location.

I might not have the correct drivers, so any help in finding the correct ones would be awesome. I am getting extremely frustrated. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for the help in advance.

FYI: My motherboard is a "Intel (Council Bluffs) 945G Viiv", which may help someone fine me the correct drivers.

My email is [email protected] if you need to send me anything. Thanks!
 

Answer:HELP: XP Install on SATA Drive w/o Floppy Drive

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Dell Dimension, win XP.
PC has original DVD drive, added DVD burner and added floppy.

Power at least is connected to DVD (light comes on). Burner and Floppy don't have lights. Compputer does not show the drives as available.

I was selling the PC, so I deleted some apps(MS Office, Photoshop), games, etc., then ran a HDD cleaner to wipe empty space.

Tried re-seating cables, looked at BIOS, but I really don't know what I'm looking for.
 

Answer:Solved: Optical Drive/floppy drive not available?

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I ask because none of my 3 PCs have a floppy drive and all my PC owning friends have none either!However, I do have CD & DVD writers so, can I write the MaxBlast3 software (for a Maxtor 250GB SATA hard drive) to CD so I can boot from there instead?Mainboard: Gigabyte GA-7N400 Pro21GB DDR333 PC2700 RAMCPU: Athlon XP 3000Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB graphics card2x Maxtor 120GB ATA/133 HDDWindows XP Pro SP1 (all updates as of 13/05/2004) Thanks for any help offered.

Answer:Can I install a SATA Drive without a floppy drive?

Also, does anyone know if the motherboard has the 137GB hard drives limitation? I want Windows XP Pro to see the full 250GB of my SATA hard drive!

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I'm guessing this is a bad sign...

I'm using Windows XP SP2 on a Dell Dimension 8300, and I was having problems with various things (see below) so I tried repairing Windows... big mistake.

Everything was going fine until it encountered a fatal error during setup ("The signature or Windows XP Home Edition Upgrade is invalid. The error code is 426".). Now if I try booting up without the CD it tells me to put the CD in so it can finish repairing the OS. I put the CD in. It gets the same fatal errors. It reboots. Repeat ad insanity.

Safe mode doesn't help -- it just says "I can't complete the repair in safe mode, so I'm going to reboot. HA!", or something like that. So I can't get a command line or anything. My (uninformed) guess is that it's got something to do with the bios: Before I tried repairing I couldn't boot off the floppy drive, and for the repair I had to put the cd in the DVD drive because it wouldn't boot off the CD drive. So it looks like it just can't recognize these bits of hardware. It's been suggested that I try replacing components -- RAM chips, hard-drive, floppy drive, etc. But I can't see how a fault in any of those components could cause the other problems. Surely it has to be the motherboard. Reloading the bios would be nice, but since I can't get it do aything other than run around in a death spiral that doesn't really seem to be an option. Some people have sugges... Read more

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I have a laptop with a partition HD. I want to re-format the entire drive and delete the partition. The problem I have is that I do NOT have a floppy drive and only have a CD Rom drive.

I can find figure out how to reformat with out a floppy drive to boot from.

Please help me!!!!

Running XP now and want to re-install it after.
 

Answer:How to format a hard drive w/o a floppy drive

Simply boot from the XP CD. It should do the lot.
XP does not usually use a boot floppy.
 

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In my infinite wisdom I built a desktop PC without a cd drive or a floppy drive to save money. I know they don't cost much but at the time I wasn't thinking that I would need the CD drive to install XP. I have an original XP CD but no floppy drive or CD drive. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can install windows XP on the hard drive? I have the use of a laptop and a hard drive caddy.
 

Answer:Install windows XP without a CD Drive/Floppy Drive

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I seem to remember this question being asked and answered the other week but I just can’t seem to find the post. I am still googleing the solution but the sites I have found all seem to suggest contradicting things and or are rather vague about the whole thing. So I would appreciate it if someone who has done this could give me some tips or maybe even a step by step.

I already have the hard drive removed from the laptop and mounted in an external USB enclosure. I also have my whole XP CD copied to the hard drive and have now slipstreamed SP2 in to it.

What I am unsure about is what the best way to format the drive is going to be and then what files I need to copy over to it so that when I put the drive back in to the laptop it will boot to it and allow me to run the install.

Thanks
 

Answer:Help installing XP, no CD drive or floppy disk drive.

[EDIT]
So far off base it isn't funny.
 

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hi there , running windows xp pro, been on b/band for about a fortnight, just got the new windows service pack and me floppy drive won't read diskettes and neither will my cd rom drive ,yet ,it will play audio. has anyone any suggestions?
 

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I just built a nice little powerhouse for my girlfriend. It's all up and running great, but I ran into a strange snag along the way.

First of all I'm using the new 915 Intel board (not sure the exact number ATM, but it is Intel brand) with a PCI Express, LGA775 chipset.

I currently have one 36.7 GB WD Raptor on a SATA connection. The only optical drive is a CD/DVD +/- RW combo on it's own (and only) IDE channel. I opened up the BIOS on first boot, and noticed that even though the correct model number showed up in the Drive Options, it was displayed as being a Floppy Drive!

Confused, I switched the jumper setting.... still no change. Switched to the last jumper setting.. tried removing the jumper completely, nope ! OK, so I decide I'll set the jumper back to the Master position and let Windows try to sort it out.

I install windows off my USB DVD-drive. Flawless install, but even in Windows it displays a Floppy Drive! There is no Floppy drive connected. I then proceed to close the case and barf all over the damn thing out of pure frustration. puke:

I'm freakin out here! I've built several computers and worked on countless others and have NEVER EVER seen anything like this. Granted, the RAID thing is new to me, and I'm guessing it probably has something to do with that.
 

Answer:Optical Drive being recognized as a Floppy Drive !

Welcome to Techspot !

I know you are experienced ,but sometimes the simple stuff.
Given the newness of this architecture I would lean towards the necessity of a bios file update.
Since the bios sees it as a floppy but has the correct Model and I take you loaded Windows from it, it obviously works.
Does your Bios settings allow you to manually chose the drive type and DMA etc.If yes
Disable all IDE channels not in use. and turn off 'auto configure '
Check the web site and tech support there could be a bug fix in the works.
Let us know how far you get.

P.S. Sorry missed you loaded from USB,However if the drive can read media etc. my point is the same.
 

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I am working on a friends computer and I have come up against a very interesting problem:

The computer is a Compaq Presario 5700T with a 13 gig HD and 256 RAM and it is... well, was running Windows 98 SE.

I tried like crazy to rescue the Windows 98 installation (if anyone knows a good program for that I would appreciate being pointed in the right direction for that) but I found that I could not and I had to Killdisk the HD. Now... here is the interesting part: Killdisk shows two different HD's but physically there is only one 13 gig HD. The first disk shows up as the 13 gig and the other phantom disk shows as a 7.5 gig. The 7.5 gig drive isn't a partition that I can tell because when I ran Partition Magic it did not detect a second drive and besides I wiped the 13 gig drive clean. Killdisk also shows two floppy drives but there is only one.

My questions are this:

1. Could this phantom floppy drive and second HD be a BIOS problem? If so, how do I correct that? (Getting into Compaq BIOS settings is harder than breaking into a vault) And can I backup the current BIOS in case an update fails?

2. I also need a reliable program (preferably free) to detect all of the hardware in this PC so I can install the proper drivers. HP has them on their site but this is a refurbished PC and I just cannot tell if the HP drivers will work or not.

3. Is there something that I am overlooking as a potential cause?

Any help would be appreciated.
 

Answer:Phantom Hard Drive and Floppy Drive

Compaq BIOS is F10 right after the "Compaq" flash screen.

I seem to remember there being an 8GB limit on harddrives at one time. Maybe the 7.5 ghost drive is a BIOS workaround.

It's been a very long time but I'm almost positive that Compaq Bios Updates automatically backup current settings to the floppy you use to update. You can later choose to restore. Also they do a check before updating to make sure you have the right version/disk. You can try it and abort at the last step if unsure.
 

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My Medion PC is fast running out of storage space. I have 2 hard drives installed totaling 300gb but still need more. Can I remove my floppy drive & instal a 2.5" hard drive?Or is a better option to instal a permanently linked external USB2 Drive?

Answer:replace floppy drive with hard drive

You cannot replace a floppy with a HDD floppy disk controller will not run a HDD port on motherboard wrong size model No.?How many IDE ports has the mother board got 1 or 2 ?1 port = 2 drives on one cable usually 2 HDD and 1 DVD rom drive + 1 DRDRW driveare your drives SATA or PATA

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Question: floppy drive

On boot up, on a Pentium machine am receiving error

floppy drive failed (40)

have check straps and drive not sure what else to check?
can't find the error code 40 so not sure if it's because something is wrong with mother board or ........... what to look for. Also the controls are on board.
have a second question regards port 80 can someone direct me where to look to find information on how to correct these problems.

Thank you [email protected]
can contact me at above address thank you
 

Answer:floppy drive

Welcome to TSG!
Floppy disk Fail (40)
The long and short of the above post is that the FDD cable has come loose or fallen out altogether. Check the connections by removing the cable and reinserting, both from back of FDD and from motherboard.


As far as your question about port 80, it would help if you specified what the question is.
Port 80, from what I can find, is used by servers for connection purposes, and is also vulnerable to hackers.

You might also get an error there if you have software that connects to the Internet, such as Frontpage.
[Edited by RandyG on 07-13-2001 at 10:34 AM]
 

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There must be a way around this problem. I want to install XP but am unable to install SATA/RAID drivers as I have no floppy drive connector on the mobo. Pressing F6 during installation I get message 'No floppy Drive A' I've got the drivers on a USB stick but how to access it or is it not possible?

Answer:No Floppy drive can't f6

Try nLite Click here
nLite allows you to customize your installation of Windows XP. You can integrate drivers, service packs and hotfixes from Microsoft directly into your windows distribution files without having to re-download and install them every time you need to re-install windows.

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Question: Floppy drive

Hi,

My computer detects a floppy drive in windows, but it doesn't in BIOS. There actually isn't a floppy drive, I have no clue why windows thinks there is one. Is there some way to uninstall it?

Thanks!
 

Answer:Floppy drive

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hi, my floppy drive has gone mad, at times it is constantly in action (as if looking for or reading from disk)there is no need for it to do this. The problem seems to be just after startup or after the screensaver is on. I've run a full virus scan with norton and latest virus def's, used ad-aware to check for spyware, cleaned the registry, removed unnecesary progs n services from startup but the problem is still there intermittently.I'm beginning to think it's got something to do with the latest windows updates (didn't install the problem one that was on here though) anyone got any ideas?

Answer:floppy drive's gone mad!!!

if you use explorer and go to the floppy icon [with one in the drive] then click on your c drive. when you exit explorer all requests from any part of the system will look at the c drive not the floppy.

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Question: floppy drive

XP SP2

is there a complication to my system if i will dis-connect my floppy drive?

if it is ok to take out, how to do it? is there things need to adjust in my BIOS?

thanks in advance
 

Answer:floppy drive

This should be no problem just open your case you will have two cable one for power and the others it goes to you mainboard disconnect both....

And you should be fine and just check in your bios if you have 3 1/2 disk for first boot change it to cd-rom or harddisk...
 

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Question: 5.25 floppy drive

Hi I have an old Pent 1 Dell 120T I popped a oldish 5.25 floppy drive into it.It?s a 1.2MB unit but the PC can?t Format the DD Floppy Disks. Is it possible the PC is not suited or two young or old. The Bios dose have the settings for it as well as the 750K.Ex

Answer:5.25 floppy drive

Forgot to mention running DOS 6.2 Win 3.11

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I have a floppy drive YD686C-1501C (3.5 inch) when I insert a disk formatted from any PC it can read but if I replace any other brand floppy drive ( Sony, Panasonic ) it gives data reading error with the same floppy, could anybody where is the problem?

Answer:Floppy drive

This was a very common problem with floppies due to head mis-alignment from drive to drive...What is it you need to do ? ?There may be another way.

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My drive says removable disk... how can i make it read my floppy have old floppys need info off of them ... please help me....please
 

Answer:Floppy Drive

G'day feathers2069, it is a major problem, the floppy disks are only good for a couple of years then they "play up". (die in places)
Sometimes using a floppy drive cleaning disk with a bit of meths helps.
Some machines have more sensitive reading floppy drives than others, but as a rule when you strike problems with unreadable floppies you are "up the creek without a
paddle"!
Same thing happens with a lot of burnt CD's, usually only the ones with important stuff have the problems, the ones with the junk usually last forever.
Maybe some special algorithim to disguise important stuff as junk might help.
Someone else might have different ideas......
Cheers, qldit.
 

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Question: Floppy drive

Every time i use my A drive it say taht the disk needs formatting...
but the floppy disks work fine in other floppy drives.....
is it knackered???!!
 

Answer:Floppy drive

Probably, but try cleaning it a bit with canned air. Can't hurt.

You may also want to try doing a disk format on a blank floppy just to see what happens.
 

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i have a floppy drive i think is a ls-120 drive, how n where can i find out for sure. it has a samsung tag (label) on it , but i can't find out any info at there web site .
 

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So today my friend bring me his pc, he needs a format. Oka, i'll do it, I pop in his Windows disk, and says No harddrive detected. So that much be because of the Sata/Raid drivers. Some minutes of thinking lead me to make a unattended windows with the drivers areally on it. But nooooooo, when i download the drivers, I am FORCED to put em on a floppy, comes with little exe that put em on a floppy. Thing is, I dont have a floppy, my friend dont have a floppy, who has a floppy drive? I mean, wtf is wrong, even the windows setup ask for floppy, usb drives or CDrom are no go. What the hell?
 

Answer:Floppy Drive

Buy a usb floppy drive or temporarily hook up a floppy drive.
 

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Ok, my floppy drive keeps freaking out....

i'll on online....or offline....just playing on my PC and the floppy disk drive will either start freaking out and grinding..... or start reading for NO REASON...

i know my dad frigs around with it and uses the floppy disks....

but what is causing this?

i caught him removing the disk while it was still reading once....and then it started grinding... but why does it randomly read?
 

Answer:Floppy Drive

The floppy drive should not be randomly reading... How old is the drive? It could be going bad, which is not a big deal since a new floppy drive will cost about $5-10. I'd suggest just going to your local computer store and picking up a new one. Or there is one @ Newegg for $9.99 and free shipping
 

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Recentl I have been getting the message 'Unable to access the specified drive' when I try to back up Microsoft Money to a floppy disk Has anyone any suggestions as to what might be wrong or suggest a cure?

Answer:Floppy drive

Start, Control Panel, System, Hardware tab, Device Manager button.Is there a yellow exclamation mark shown against Floppy disk controllers or Floppy disk drives?

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I am going to build my next computer and I discovered that I should set the boot devices as: 1-Floppy, 2-CD-ROM, 3-Hard disk. I don't want a floppy drive. What should the order be?
 

Answer:Floppy drive

Just leave the floppy drive out of the boot devices. Since you are building a new system I will assume you will be installing WinXP from a CD. You will need to set the boot order to CDROM first so that it will read the install CD with the HD second. After everything is installed you can switch the HD to first if you like.
 

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My wife is special ed teacher and has an old program which loads from 4 floppy disks. Insert 1, then 2 etc. Problem , her new laptop runiing Windows XP Home does not have a floppy drive. Does anyone know of freware or shareware that can combine the 4 disks into one file or combination of files to load on new laptop. The original computer is running Win 98 and we can transfer via either CD or flash stick. Appreciate your help in advance.
Thanks!
Go Cards!
 

Answer:Need a floppy drive, don't have a floppy drive

just copy the floppies into folders named disk1, 2, etc. and burn them onto a cd, worked for me.
 

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On both my new and old computers, I have software to place data on CDs.  I expect that I could write this data onto CD-RW so I can subsequently erase/modify/delete that data as if it were a floppy, however, the data file attributes of the written files are changed to Read only.  When the data is then access on the new computer, it cannot process it.   Is there any software that will act as I expect?

Answer:CD-RW, why can't I use it as a floppy drive

Most rewriteable drive today ship with nero express and a program on that disk called In-CD.In-CD lets you just use explorer to just write, modify and delete files.  If you have In-CD and have not installed it you should likely try that.

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Question: Floppy Drive

I have an Acer Aspire computer with Windows 2000 Pro installed. I just bought a new floppy drive and installed it. But when I put in a disk I get the error Please insert disk in Drive A. I've tried different disks and get the same message. The light is on and I can hear the disk turning. I hope someone can help. Thanks.
 

Answer:Floppy Drive

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I'm using windows 98 SE
and have a standard 3 1/2'' floppy drive

recently the floppy drive is having trouble reading the disk
it says... CANNOT READ DISK .. but some days it works... some days it doesn't..
just now I tried it... and it was working, but then i got a blue screen error saying ERROR WRITING DISk .

any help would be good thanks.
 

Answer:Floppy Drive

If device manager is showing no conflicts with the floppy drive I would suggest getting another floppy drive ($20 at most) and trying it.
 

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I just bought a new floppy drive thinking my old one didn't work. It does the same thing. It shows it has power and I can here the floppy running. I tried to boot up with the floppy 1st in my boot order but it just skips it and boots off of my harddrive. When I double click on it Floppy drive it says please insert disk in drive A. It doesn't even show it being there. I put a new ribbon cable on and came up with the same results.

If anyone has any clues I would appreciate some help or ideas you may have.

Thank you,
SEALKIRE
 

Answer:Floppy Drive

Does it show up in Device Manager and is it enabled in BIOS?
 

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Question: floppy drive

i built a new computer, but used drives from old computer. it works fine except for the floppy drive. the system recognizes it, but when i try to use it, it sais that it is not ready: retry or abort.

any ideas?
 

Answer:floppy drive

How old is the old computer? What kind of floppy drive is it?
Do you have it cabled correctly?
Does the drive light come on and stay on?
You might try a different cable.
Drive may need cleaning.
 

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Question: Floppy Drive

My floppy Drive, (A) will just start running for no reason at all. Drive is empty. Some times it will run for a few seconds and other times you have to end task. It doesn't matter what you are doing. Thanks.
 

Answer:Floppy Drive

Biv. said:

My floppy Drive, (A) will just start running for no reason at all. Drive is empty. Some times it will run for a few seconds and other times you have to end task. It doesn't matter what you are doing. Thanks. Click to expand...

Any set schedule such as every hour or six hours?
 

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Question: Floppy Drive.

Hey guys, I have just recently come across a minor problem. My floppy drive will not work. The computer recognizes it is there but none of my disks will read. For example, when I goto "My Computer" the "3 1/2 Floppy (A: )" is there along with the "C" "D" and "E". But when I attempt to open or save something on a floppy I get the message "Please insert a disk into drive A" At first I thought that maybe I unplugged something when I was installing my DVD burner. So I took off the case and everything looked fine. Second I thought for some strange reason ALL my floppies where messed up, so I tried them on my roomates laptop and they worked. I tried to update the driver but windows tells me that it already has the latest driver. So now I'm all out of ideas. This is not a serious problem but would like to get it fixed as for I am just starting to save things on my floppy for school. Thanks for your time and help.

-Matt
 

Answer:Floppy Drive.

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Question: Floppy Drive

How will I remove the write protected on my floppy drive because every time I tried to save on a floppy disk, it's write protected even though the disk was not?

Answer:Floppy Drive

Hi cords.
Check your bios settings for the floppy drive. It's normaly in the advanced settings or a submenu of same. For example, on this system the setting is located in the I\O Configuration submenu in the advanced section. Make sure the floppy drive is set to both R\W (Read\Write). Bios menus vary but will all have a floppy drive setting in there somewhere. If your good to go there and still have the problem, it's either 3rd party software causing the problem, a virus or bad drive.
Let us know.

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Question: floppy drive

My floppy drive will let me put items on floppys but when i try to put a floppy in the drive, open up my computer and double click on floppy drive it keeps on asking me if I want to format the floppy. Any ideas? I am using an hp running windows xp
 

Answer:floppy drive

Can the floppy disks be read on another floppy drive?

This may help
 

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Hello, again. I had such good luck with this forum the first time I needed help, I thought I'd try again for a new problem. I just installed a new DVD drive in my computer, which runs on Win XP. The installation went without a hitch. The DVD is recognized by the OS and works fine, but whenever I boot up my computer, I no longer have the use of my floppy drive. The system no longer "sees" it, and it doesn't show up anywhere. The floppy drive is only about a month old. Does anyone have any idea as to what's going on here? Thanks.
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Answer:Where's my Floppy Drive??

check your cable to the floppy, it's quite possible you either knocked it loose or connected it backwards installing the new drive. check both on motherboard and the actual floppy drive
 

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Question: floppy drive

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this is shahir, floppy disk drive is making a sound continously and also whenever i am trying to coppy a file from my system to floppy disk, it is coppiying some other files and folders that i havent selected for coppiyng.
 

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My Vista PC seems to be going crazy and i have no idea what is wrong with it or what to do with it.

It cant see my DVD drive but it can see a floppy drive, a floppy drive that i dont have. :S

Please help

Answer:DVD and Floppy Drive

It will show the A drive regardless of whether you have it there.

The DVD drive is not shown probably beacuse of your jumper settings, or the bios settings.

Is it shown in Disk Manager?

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Question: Floppy drive

you know, i have not used my fd for over 2 years now. does anyone use it now?

Answer:Floppy drive

I only use mine once every blue moon but it's useful to have. I have BIOS check it every boot up simply to keep the mechanism working (although it may not be necessary).

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Hi...Just curious...is it safe to disable the floppy drive?...I really no longer have any need for a floppy drive and after all it shaves a second or two off boot-up and shutdown times.

I am using Windows XP.

Thanks from Colin.
 

Answer:Do you really need a floppy drive?...

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Question: RE; Floppy Drive

I wish to add an external floppy drive to my computer.My question is,will a 1.1 USB drive work in a 2.2USB port?,or will it just be slower?
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Answer:RE; Floppy Drive

Yes... it will run at USB 1.1 speed.
 

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Question: Floppy Drive

Floppy Drive corupts discs. Have replaced it with new one. Same result. Any Ideas

Answer:Floppy Drive

you have not got the ribbon cable connecting the wrong way round? coloured edge to pin 1

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For some reason, My floppy drive will not show up in XP, in either Device Manager or My Computer. My computer came with Windows 98SE installed, and I converted to XP. I reformatted to NTFS. I have scanned for errors and viruses and reinstalled Windows (not clean install; I want to format the drive, but PartitionMagic is giving me a weird error and won't start).

Any ideas?

Answer:Floppy Drive Not Available in XP

Are you getting any errors on boot-up? Or have your tried putting a non system disk in the drive when you reboot to see if your get the Non System Disk error message? (at least we would no for sure the things working)

Also are there any errors showing up in Device Properties? or in your Events Log?

Also welcome to the board :)

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I cant get my floppy drive to work!!!!!!
Okay, i have a toshiba a65-s126 laptop and am trying to install an external floppy drive via parallel connection. the drive is badged by dell and works fine w/ my older dell laptop. So i know the drive is functional. I have tried the add new hardware wizard, but it wont recognize anything. I 've tried restarting, tried to find drivers on the web but to no avail. Can anybody help? What am i doing wrong!

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Hi,Looking at tidying up my PC [again!]. I have 2 @ 80Gb drives, DVD-RW drive & DVD drive as well as a 3.5 " multi-card reader with USB fitted already. Running XP Home.I have a 3.5" floppy drive in a front bay that I have never used. I am considering removing this but I have lost the blanking plates, so would have to fit another unit there. My question is, what else could I install there? I have no more free USB headers on the motherboard so if I could use the [redundant] floppy drive plug, this would be a bonus. Alternatively, can I buy a blanking plate for this non-standard tower case that I purchased? TIAPaul-

Answer:What else can I fit into my 3.5" floppy drive bay?

Unfortunately, nothing. Suggest you leave the floppy drive installed.Alternatively, you could buy another case that does not have floppy drive connections and transfer all your innards to it.A lot of computers these days come without Floppies, so there must be some cases around that don't have floppy bays.

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Question: Floppy drive

Having problems with my floppy drive, everytime I access the drive I blue screen. it also has a card reader incorperated. i'm running windows xp home sp2 and a 64 bit chip.cheers in advancened

Answer:Floppy drive

Uninstall and reinstall floppy disc and card reader drivers in device manager.

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Question: No floppy drive

Have just acquired a newer PC that has no floppy drive. Can anyone tell me how to get around things like Norton Ghost boot disk and MS Backup restore facility both of which ask for a floppy to complete the job

Answer:No floppy drive

Don't know about Ghost but Acronis permits boot disks to be made on CDs.If you have an independent backup (Ghost) why do you need to use MS Backup?

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Question: Floppy Drive help

I am building a computer and I got a Standard 3 inch Floppy Drive SD Card Reader cambo.The Drive is the same size as a Reguler Floppy Drive but I can't find Screws to fit it.What are the Screws called for most standard Floppy Drives to hold them in there bays??

Answer:Floppy Drive help

I donno. Maybe a local hardware store has them. You can buy a screw kit from whoever sold you the PC case,but it should have came with them.http://www.topmic.com/accessories--pc-assembly-part--pc-mounting-kit--pc-hardware-screw--bracket--jumper--speaker--compute.html

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Answer:Floppy drive

My floppy drive seems to always trying to access itself.for example playing games, it will try and open up what ever is the drive. This then in turn slows the game down.I dont have anything that runs in the back ground that may want to access the drive so i am stuck as to why it is doing it.XP Pro, K7S5A board, 1gb 133 ram, GF4 MX440, XP1700. Not sure what make the floppy dirve make is....

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Yea i realize these are cheap, but yea well im cheap.... Anyway my floppy drive the light shows up on it, and its listed in my computer, checked the bios and its dectected it. The problem is when i put a disk in and click the 3.5 floppy icon, after a few seconds a message comes up saying please insert disk. Ive also checked the power cables and the ide cable, both were fine, and even tried changing the ide cable which did nothing. Id assume my drive is shot but something just doesnt seem right. I built this computer myself about a year ago, and id say the drive only ended up working for about a month... but i unforuntly i need it now to reformat. i know floppy drives can die fast, but one month?

Answer:floppy drive

Hmm..... You try using a different floppy disk?

What OS are you trying to install? You dont need a floppy if it is 2000/XP, you can straight boot from the CD and setup takes care of the formatting a partitioning.

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