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Windows 7: Floppy Drive Inop

21 Feb 2012   #1
Garf

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 
Floppy Drive Inop

I an unable to make my floppy drive work on my new computer with windows 7 64 bit. I know there is a card made in England named Catweasel that is supposed to do the job, but they are hard to come by. Are there any others?


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21 Feb 2012   #2
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

What do you mean by you are unable to make it work?
Is it an internal Floppy drive?
Are you getting error messages?
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21 Feb 2012   #3
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If you honestly really need a floppy drive now, in 2012, get a USB one.
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21 Feb 2012   #4
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pbcopter View Post
What do you mean by you are unable to make it work?
Is it an internal Ploppy drive?
Are you getting error messages?
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21 Feb 2012   #5
pscowboy

W7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Get into your BIOS and check if the floppy is listed. You may have to enable it.
Also, in the peripherals section you have to enable the FDC, floppy drive controller.

If both of those are okay, open up the pc & disconnect the floppy cable and power connection from the floppy, then carefully reinsert.

Often, when working inside the pc, the power gets jostled. It's also real easy to plug in and miss one of the end male spikes.

If all of that is okay, your drive is toast.
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21 Feb 2012   #6
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Just curious.....About two or three years ago, I went inside my case and took out the floppy and threw it away. I never used it. What do you use yours for that you could not use a CD burner for?
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22 Feb 2012   #7
Garf

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

The drive in question is the old style internal drive. The motherboard I used didn't have a controller. I have an external unit. It works but it is SLOW. I need a floppy because I have a Sony Mavica FD-88 camera.
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22 Feb 2012   #8
pscowboy

W7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Would have been nice if you mentioned that you had the floppy in an external situation.

You could try an LS-120 Super Disk drive in a converted external IDE hard drive enclosure (you have to expose the floppy door). They are the same size as a 3.5" h/d. You will need a power adapter to accomodate the small 4-pin (not molex) connector.

These drives can be pinned to master; and they interface with an IDE connection. They read regular floppies, and are about 50 times faster than a normal floppy unit.
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22 Feb 2012   #9
Garf

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Is the LS-120 an Imation unit? Is it still being sold?
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22 Feb 2012   #10
pscowboy

W7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Yes and yes. They were the manufacturer.
I would suggest browsing ebay for "known good" items. Make sure the seller guarantees that they work.

You will also need a 4" 40-pin female to female IDE cable. The superdrive will have to be held away from the back some because the power connections are incompatible. Ergo, the reason for the adapter & ribbon.

That's okay though, because you need to open up the other end to expose the floppy door anyway. The nearer to the outside the better.
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