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Searching for a Floppy Drive during boot up


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#1 skimer

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 08:25 AM

I replaced my Seagate 320GB C/D partioned drive with a new WD 500GB C/D partioned drive. (I used HD Clone to copy the old drive to the new drive.) The 'old C drive' (F) is now a single partition used just a secondary storage. CD R/W drive is (E). There is no floppy drive. However, now when booting up, I get a halt saying cant find the floppy drive; the msg say F1 to Continue, F2 to Use Config Utility, and CNTL-I for something else (CNTL-I does nothing). I do not see anywhere I can tell the system there is no floppy. Maybe the system is confused because my external Seagate Flash and WD Book drives are muddying the water! I must also say using Disk Management tools shows phantom drives and CD ROMs that do not exist.
I've not messed with Disk Managment tools much and this config seems to be messed up. Any ideas? Win 7 Home Prem, Dell Dimension E520. And the system seems to be running normally! But I do not like having loose ends. Many thanx, Bob

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 08:46 AM

Hello skimer. You will need to enter the BIOS setup using F2.

The user manual advises:

"Entering System Setup
1 Turn on (or restart) your computer.
2 When the blue DELL™ logo is displayed, you must watch for the F2 prompt to appear.
3 Once this F2 prompt appears, press <F2> immediately.

NOTE:
The F2 prompt indicates that the keyboard has initialized. This prompt can appear very quickly, so you must
watch for it to display, and then press <F2>. If you press <F2> before you are prompted, this keystroke will be lost.
4 If you wait too long and the operating system logo appears, continue to wait until you see the
Microsoft® Windows® desktop. Then, shut down your computer and try again."

On the setup screen, you can use the up/down arrows to select Diskette Drive, Enter to modify the setting to Off (the default is Internal). Esc exits the setup.
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