Can I use USB Diskette Drive in Win764?


D

Don

Is there a way I can use a USB diskette drive in Windows 7 64bit? I
plugged my floppy drive into a USB port and I could hear the audio
signal that a device was plugged in, but no drive letter was identified
in Windows Explorer. I know it is technology from yesteryear.

Thanks
 
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M

mick

Is there a way I can use a USB diskette drive in Windows 7 64bit? I plugged
my floppy drive into a USB port and I could hear the audio signal that a
device was plugged in, but no drive letter was identified in Windows
Explorer. I know it is technology from yesteryear.

Thanks
In the folder options/view tab make sure Hide empty drives in the
Computer folder box is unchecked
 
D

Don

In the folder options/view tab make sure Hide empty drives in the
Computer folder box is unchecked
That option was already unchecked. Perhaps Microsoft dropped support
for floppy disks.
 
E

Ed Cryer

Don said:
That option was already unchecked. Perhaps Microsoft dropped support
for floppy disks.
The fact that you heard a ding-dong shows some recognition.
Look in Computer right click, Manage, Disk Management. Can you locate
your device?

Ed
 
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J

J. P. Gilliver (John)

Ed Cryer said:
The fact that you heard a ding-dong shows some recognition.
Look in Computer right click, Manage, Disk Management. Can you locate
your device?

Ed
And does it behave any differently if you plug it in with a(n
unimportant to start with) disc already in?

(It may be yesteryear, but I still use them quite a bit at work.)
 
K

Ken1943

Is there a way I can use a USB diskette drive in Windows 7 64bit? I
plugged my floppy drive into a USB port and I could hear the audio
signal that a device was plugged in, but no drive letter was identified
in Windows Explorer. I know it is technology from yesteryear.

Thanks
Devices & Printers shows my usb stick when plugged in. Maybe that drive
would show up there ?


KenW
 
K

Ken Blake

That option was already unchecked. Perhaps Microsoft dropped support
for floppy disks.

I don't know anything about USB floppy disks, but I can tell you that
Microsoft did *not* drop support for floppy disks, neither in Windows
7 nor 8.
 
K

Kirk Bubul

Is there a way I can use a USB diskette drive in Windows 7 64bit? I
plugged my floppy drive into a USB port and I could hear the audio
signal that a device was plugged in, but no drive letter was identified
in Windows Explorer. I know it is technology from yesteryear.
I am running Windows 7 Home Premium SP-1 64-bit. My computer -
an HP Pavilion circa 2009 - has no internal floppy drives. I
have an external Sony USB floppy disk drive (3.5") that is seen
as drive A:\. It copies files and runs files.

I have never tried to boot from this USB drive, but I don't think
that my BIOS supports booting from a USB drive (unless one of the
smarter kids tells me otherwise).
 
G

Gene E. Bloch

Is there a way I can use a USB diskette drive in Windows 7 64bit? I
plugged my floppy drive into a USB port and I could hear the audio
signal that a device was plugged in, but no drive letter was identified
in Windows Explorer. I know it is technology from yesteryear.

Thanks
No problem here.

I had to choose Computer in Explorer's Navigation (left-hand) pane and
expand Devices with removable storage in the File (right-hand) pane in
order to see the drive.

No floppy disk was needed, although I did track down a couple (it was
not easy!).

Maybe you could try the drive in another USB port or another computer,
or even try another drive, in case your drive is faulty.

You said you heard the connect sound; did you see the installing-drivers
dialog?
 
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K

Ken Springer

Is there a way I can use a USB diskette drive in Windows 7 64bit? I
plugged my floppy drive into a USB port and I could hear the audio
signal that a device was plugged in, but no drive letter was identified
in Windows Explorer. I know it is technology from yesteryear.
Just 3 thoughts:

1. I assume you've used this drive before. If not, try it on another
computer.
Even if you have used it before, try it on another computer. I
had issues
with one on my Mac when running Leopard. In that particular
instance, it was that particular drive. Every other USB drive was
OK, and the
problem drive issue was fixed with the next OS upgrade, Snow Leopard.
2. Check the BIOS to see if it's set to recognize a 1.44 MB floppy
drive. I don't
know if this will work, but worth a shot.
3. Insert a known good formatted floppy in the drive and see if that
makes a difference.


Good luck.


--
Ken

Mac OS X 10.8.3
Firefox 19.0.2
Thunderbird 17.0.5
LibreOffice 4.0.1.2
 
K

Kirk Bubul

Just 3 thoughts:

1. I assume you've used this drive before. If not, try it on another
computer.
Even if you have used it before, try it on another computer. I
had issues
with one on my Mac when running Leopard. In that particular
instance, it was that particular drive. Every other USB drive was
OK, and the
problem drive issue was fixed with the next OS upgrade, Snow Leopard.
2. Check the BIOS to see if it's set to recognize a 1.44 MB floppy
drive. I don't
know if this will work, but worth a shot.
3. Insert a known good formatted floppy in the drive and see if that
makes a difference.
FWIW, my Sony external floppy came with a driver CD, but I didn't
have to use it.
 
J

J. P. Gilliver (John)

In message <es51m8htvdfhh[email protected]>, Kirk Bubul
FWIW, my Sony external floppy came with a driver CD, but I didn't
have to use it.
That takes me back to when it was the other way round: I remember when
you got (on a floppy, of course) a driver without which your CD drive
wasn't seen! (My first was a x1 CD reader! And they tended to plug into
a socket on the [separate!] sound card.)
 
B

Bob I

Local drives map from the start of the alphabet towards Z. Network
drives map starting at Z and working towards A. Did you map a network
drive letter right after the current Local drives? In other words was
there a letter gap between your local drives and your first mapped
network drive?
 
J

J. P. Gilliver (John)

Bob I <[email protected]> said:
Local drives map from the start of the alphabet towards Z. Network
drives map starting at Z and working towards A. Did you map a network
drive letter right after the current Local drives? In other words was
there a letter gap between your local drives and your first mapped
network drive?
[]
Floppy drives are different - at least they are under XP; they appear as
A: (and B:).

When you say local drives map from the start of the alphabet, are you
sure they don't start at C:?
 
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G

Gene E. Bloch

Local drives map from the start of the alphabet towards Z. Network
drives map starting at Z and working towards A. Did you map a network
drive letter right after the current Local drives? In other words was
there a letter gap between your local drives and your first mapped
network drive?
Floppies still map by default to A: and B:

I only have the one USB floppy drive, so it mapped to A: when I checked
it out for Don this morning.
 
K

Ken Springer

FWIW, my Sony external floppy came with a driver CD, but I didn't
have to use it.
My Teac floppy drive did not have a driver, AFAIK. Not that it would be
any good on my Mac. My Win 7 Starter has no problem with the drive.



--
Ken

Mac OS X 10.8.3
Firefox 19.0.2
Thunderbird 17.0.5
LibreOffice 4.0.1.2
 
H

havant1

I use both a USB floppy drive (to read some very old diskettes) and a
USB CD burner with my Win 7 64 bit without any problems. Make sure
that the floppy drive is active in your bios settings.

Harry
 
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K

Ken Blake

Local drives map from the start of the alphabet towards Z.

Right.


Network drives map starting at Z and working towards A.


But that's not quite right. If you want to map a network drive to a
letter, you can choose any available letter. The choices you are given
default to Z, working towards A, but it's very each to choose a letter
other than what it defaults to.
 

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