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My Floppy Disk Drive Wont Read Floppy Disks


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#1 vanilla_girl1984

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Posted 17 October 2006 - 01:33 AM

i have installed a different 3 1/2 floppy drive and it dosent read the floppy disks
it just says please insert floppy disk when i try to acess the info of the floppy disk
i am running windows xp pro
what can i do to fix the problem
please help me

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Posted 17 October 2006 - 06:53 AM

If you can see FDD icon it means that FDD is recognized by your OS, it means that this is not driver problem. IMHO your floppy is broken.But you can try to install drivers or run installation wizard in "start>>control panel>> add hardware" just in case I'm not right, hope I'm not.

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Posted 17 October 2006 - 11:29 AM

It could also be that the IDE cable is loose

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Posted 17 October 2006 - 04:20 PM

Most common problem is that the IDE ribbon has been placed on backwards. Same thing happened to me - does your floppy drive light come on as soon as the power to the PC is turned on? Also, does the floppy drive click to access the floppy disk as soon as you put it in (the same noise as when you press A:\ in the explorer)? If so it is your ribbon....

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Posted 17 October 2006 - 04:29 PM

Just my 2 cents, but I've found that XP doesn't like floppy drives for some reason or the other. I've tried several and haven't been able to get them to work.

Then I stumbled upon a USB floppy drive and it solved all my problems!
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Posted 17 October 2006 - 11:52 PM

hey thanks for that every1 will let you know what i have tried and what worked

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Posted 21 October 2006 - 03:35 PM

well firstly thanks for all the suggestions
the problem turned out to be the floppy drive was broken the bits at the back were all bent out of shape no biggie thats all sorted now :thumbsup:




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