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USB Floppy

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by eguy, Jul 31, 2006.

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  1. eguy

    eguy Thread Starter

    Jul 4, 2006

    I have a USB floppy drive and I plug it in, and the computer notices, and its own floppy drive comes up in windows explorer. When I put a disk in it, then double click on the drive, you can tell the floppy drive is working...but it continually asks to format the disk, and any disk for that matter. I stick it into the harddrive thats in the computer and the disk is fine when i click on the drive. Is it buggered or is there something I can do?
  2. onsite


    Oct 30, 2004
    What is your OS ?
    where did the usb floppy come from ? or in other words do you know it works ok ?
    on the desktop down in the icon tray to the left of the time there should be an icon that is for ejecting usb devices. do you see the floppy there by name ?
    also check control panel / system / hardware/device manager,,,click the + sign next to usb devices to see if you see the floppy, look for a catagory unkown devices, also floppy disk drives and floppy controllers cat.
    You may also want to check the manufacturer of the floppy for drivers, i kind of doubt there are any for xp, they should be built in.
  3. eguy

    eguy Thread Starter

    Jul 4, 2006
    Thanks for the response,
    I am using XP. The (external) USB floppy was given to me, and I was told that any disk that he put in it, the "This disk is not formatted....would you like to format the disk" prompt.

    I tried it...and it reads fine. Under My computer it reads the 2nd floppy drive (I have one in my tower). I put in a disk in the USB floppy and sure enough i get that same message. To test it I put the same disk into the floppy in my tower and it reads fine (I can open up a window that is of that disk).

    I tried putting in a different disk into the USB floppy, and same thing happend--> i get the prompt.

    I'll try the things you mentioned......i hope the above is a little more clear. thanks
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    I suspect the floppy is damaged. If you try it on more than one system, and you get the same reaction, time for the "round file". :) Perhaps that's why it was given to you... :D
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