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Windows 7: Which external floppy drive do I need?

21 Apr 2014   #11
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Here is a place to start for price comparisons. Amazon.co.uk: external dvd player


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21 Apr 2014   #12
Ukdodger

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
OK, we're talking about a CD or DVD drive, not a floppy. The external drives aren't particularly expensive, around 19.99, but why buy one if your existing drives are still good? Do you want a drive that can burn disks as well as read them? Here's a link to the UK Amazon site listing external optical drives: http://www.amazon.co.uk/b?ie=UTF8&node=430559031
Excellent Strollin. Exactly what I wanted. Cheers

I dont know why the drives cant be made to work. Only that my son says they cant. It may have something to do with the PC being upgraded from XP to W7. It's a shame as there are two of them. Thanks again.
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21 Apr 2014   #13
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

a disk drive is a fundamental part of windows, simply adding an SSD or upgrading to 7 will not stop one working. Do they show up in task manager and or has your son unplugged the SATA power connectors to them to power the new SSD??
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22 Apr 2014   #14
Ukdodger

Windows 7 home
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badger906 View Post
a disk drive is a fundamental part of windows, simply adding an SSD or upgrading to 7 will not stop one working. Do they show up in task manager and or has your son unplugged the SATA power connectors to them to power the new SSD??
I'd bet the latter. He mentioned something about power connectors when I asked him why the drives didnt work. How do the drives show up in the Task manager. What will they be called? I cant see anything that looks obviously like a drive letter.
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22 Apr 2014   #15
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ukdodger View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badger906 View Post
a disk drive is a fundamental part of windows, simply adding an SSD or upgrading to 7 will not stop one working. Do they show up in task manager and or has your son unplugged the SATA power connectors to them to power the new SSD??
I'd bet the latter. He mentioned something about power connectors when I asked him why the drives didnt work. How do the drives show up in the Task manager. What will they be called? I cant see anything that looks obviously like a drive letter.
I think badger meant to say Device Manager, not Task Manager. In Device Manager you should see them listed as DVD/CD-ROM Drives. If your son unplugged the power connectors because power was needed for the ssd, then there are splitters and adapters available that can be used to provide power for the drives using other available leads from the PSU.
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22 Apr 2014   #16
Ukdodger

Windows 7 home
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ukdodger View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badger906 View Post
a disk drive is a fundamental part of windows, simply adding an SSD or upgrading to 7 will not stop one working. Do they show up in task manager and or has your son unplugged the SATA power connectors to them to power the new SSD??
I'd bet the latter. He mentioned something about power connectors when I asked him why the drives didnt work. How do the drives show up in the Task manager. What will they be called? I cant see anything that looks obviously like a drive letter.
I think badger meant to say Device Manager, not Task Manager. In Device Manager you should see them listed as DVD/CD-ROM Drives. If your son unplugged the power connectors because power was needed for the ssd, then there are splitters and adapters available that can be used to provide power for the drives using other available leads from the PSU.
Cheers. No they arent there and I'll bet you're right. I'll have a word with my son. Connecting power cables cant be that difficult.

Thanks
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