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Floppy Disk Drive not recognized in BIOS?

Q: Floppy Disk Drive not recognized in BIOS?

BIOS does not recognize the FDD. Have tried 4 different drives and different cables, no go. Could the mainboard be the culprit?

Any words of wisdom?

Appreciate your help.

A: Floppy Disk Drive not recognized in BIOS?

This one takes the cake. Was waiting for it to auto-detect!!! Christmas is also coming.

The old brain is fried, been looking at this thing too long.

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Recently I decided to upgrade my hard disk storage space so I bought a Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 160GB SATA hard disk drive. Upon installing the drive I entered the Bios and went into "Intergrated Peripherals" section and set the BIOS to recognize P-ATA + S-ATA drives. When I reboot the new Maxtor drive shows up in Windows Explorer and functions normally. Also in Windows Explorer, my CD/DVD drive appears. However when I put a cd in the drive and click on the drive in Explorer I get the message to "Insert a disc into drive F:". The drive will not read the disc. When I went into Device Manager the CD/DVD drive shows up and says that it is functioning properly. Strange.....
So, I rebooted and reset the BIOS to the setup defaults (ie. P-ATA Drive Only) and when the computer boots up now the CD/DVD drive functions normally but the Maxtor drive is now not recognized. I understandObviously the Maxtor drive is not recognized because the BIOS is set for P-ATA drive only, but why when the BIOS is set for P-ATA + S-ATA is the CD/DVD drive not recognized?

My computer specs are as follows:

Processsor: Intel Pentium4 3.2C GHz (478pin/FSB800)
Motherboard: MSI i865G ATX
Bios: AMI Bios
RAM: DDR SDRAM 1GB (512MB x 2 / PC3200)
Video:nVidia GeForce FX5700 128MB AGP
Sound: CREATIVE SoundBlaster Audigy2ZS Platinum Pro
Hard Disk1:160GB Ultra ATA HDD (7200rpm)
Hard Disk2:Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 160GB SATA
OS: Windows XP PRo

A:CD/DVD Drive not recognized in BIOS after installing SATA hard disk

No one going to take a stab at this one. Please, I need some help here. Any advice would be appreciated

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I installed a Sony floppy disk drive into my Vista PC - and got this message: "A:\ is not accessible. The floppy disk controller reported an error that is not recognized by the floppy disk driver." The disk shows up as Drive A on My Computer, the green light comes on, etc - but will not read.
I tried uninstalling/reinstalling several times, but the same problem.
Can anyone help?

A:floppy disk controller/floppy disk drive problem in Vista

In your BIOS, do you have the proper floppy drive configured? Most BIOS settings will allow for several different kinds of floppy drives ("3.5", 5.25", etc). Make sure the right one is selected.

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"Floppy Disk not Recognized in Clean Install"
I am attempting a clean installation of Windows XP on a new disk. I have 3rd party drivers to install but the system at this step fails to recognize the floppy drive. At least it fails to respond to the F6 > S > 'Insert ... floppy disk ...' sequence. The drive is required for the floppy disks on which the drivers are located.

Is there a way around this, putting them on a CD or USB since some computers are coming now without floppy disks.

BTW the floppy drives works with an Alt. Boot using Win 2K Pro

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"Floppy Disk not Recognized in Clean Install"
I am attempting a clean installation of Windows XP on a new disk. I have 3rd party drivers to install but the system at this step fails to recognize the floppy drive. At least it fails to respond to the F6 > S > 'Insert ... floppy disk ...' sequence. The drive is required for the floppy disks on which the drivers are located.

Is there a way around this, putting them on a CD or USB since some computers are coming now without floppy disks.

BTW the floppy drives works with an Alt. Boot using Win 2K Pro

A:Floppy Disk not Recognized in Clean Install

You can slipstream the drivers onto your install disk using nLite, if you have a CD/DVD writer.



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Ok I have a self-built's a year old just a few days ago.

Win XP SP2 (I think)
Intel Quad-Core 2.4ghz [OCed to 3.2ghz)
RAM 4gb [2.5gb detected]
HDD- Western Digital 160GB and not sure which company could be Maxtor 500GB SATA
8800GT 512mb Video Card

I have an IDE drive on there too with an Apple OSX installed on it.


I've been hunting viruses and trojans [due to a backdoor trojan that] for the last few days and elimintated most of them including the backdoor. I was running a 'thourough' scan today while I was at school as well as downloading some things. MY anti-virus program is avast!

Thinking my comps quad-core 3.2ghz could handle the load I turned on Company of Heroes while all this was running....the comp froze...I restarted manually.

The first screen I got is the usual one except under SATA Channel listings it said Floppy disk(s) fail (40)....I don't have a floppy drive.

Then when I press F1 to continue it doesn't load up my main hardrive where Windows is installed. Like it doesn't detect only detects the IDE drive with Apple on it and can start it up.

Don't ask me how I have an Apple OS on my comp the answer might violate the forums rules...but that OS isn't the problem.

Somehow the anti-virus scan mixed with downloading and a video game crash messed things up. Even F8 doesn't work.

A:[SOLVED] Floppy Disk Fail(40)...but I have no floppy startup

The BIOS was reset to default values. Enter the BIOS at startup and change the boot order priority to the sata hdd first. Locate the screen with the setting for the floppy drive and set that drive to disabled or none. If there's a setting called halt on disk errors change it to "no errors but keyboard" or something like that. Once you're back within windows run chkdsk c: /R to correct errors in the file system caused by the hard restart (answer y when prompted to schedule the scan at next startup and restart the computer).

What's the brand, model and wattage of your power supply ? The freezing wasn't necessarily caused by the antivirus, could have been caused by an underpowered power supply. With an overclocked quad core and a 8800GT you need a quality 700W+ supply. Locate the hardware monitor screen in the BIOS and report your temps, fan speeds and voltages.


Don't ask me how I have an Apple OS on my comp the answer might violate the forums rules...but that OS isn't the problem.

Actually mentioning it already violates the forum rules. Please read them if you didn't already : Also read this. I'll pass this time cause it's your first post but I'll have to issue an official warning next time.

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I'm trying to build my first computer and I think I've got things setup right, but whenever I try to boot up I get the a message on the screen saying Floppy Disk(s) Fail (40). The Problem is that I don't have a floppy drive and my computer only gives me about one to five secs. (depending how long I wait between boot attempts) to get into the BIOS and try to do anything. the motherboard I am working with is a EVGA nForce 680i SLI motherboard and it uses Pheonix-Award BIOS. Thanks in advance for any help.

A:Floppy Disk(s) Fail (40) error but I don't have a floppy drive

You need to get into the BIOS and Disable Floppy drives. It should be on the same screen as the basic set-up.
Also take it out of the Boot sequence.

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Hi All,

Here is the low down. I cant boot into any OS.

I formatted my PC and figured that after installing XP i'd dual boot Ubuntu (9.04).
So all went well, XP and Ubuntu installed as anticipated i could access both OS' for a couple of hours.

When i was in Ubuntu, i was trying to change my primary monitor (22") to have the toolbar instead of my 19".
I went on Ubuntu forums to see what had to be done, and i needed to reboot for the changes to take effect.

After i rebooted, it didnít list any of my 2 hard drives (150gb raptor, 1tb Samsung) or my Asus DVD/CD drive.

My motherboard (Nvidia 680I) stated 7F which only says in the manual as "Check POST error and display them and ask user intervention".
Well, the lovely post error comes up as:

floppy disk(s) fail (40) Click to expand...

floppy disk(s) fail (40)
Real helpful right? And considering i have NO floppy drive...(its a custom built PC)
And i have two options, F1 to continue and DEL for BIOS.

I checked BIOS first, reset to default, removed floppy drive from the boot menu, rebooted, same issue.

Hit F1 to continue now, and the only bootable option is the NVIDIA Boot Agent and comes up with this:


This goes on a continuous loop, failing every time. I've checked all cables and it all seems fine.
Now i cant even access my CD/DVD drive (completely disabled) which... Read more

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I am trying to get into one of my foppy disk as it has some files on it that I am trying to look at. everytime I put my disk into the floppy (A) drive and try to load the files on it I get a error message saying disk drive A is not formatted and when I click on yes to format the disk it says my information will be erased of the disk if I do so I didn't try it however I tried to load another disk with nothing on it and I tired to reformat it but it didn't reformat it(I forget what It said). how can I get my floppy disk to load my files to where I can pull up the Microsoft word documents that I have on them? what is wrong with my floppy drive?

A:floppy drive won't format floppy disk

The disks are probably corrupted. You can try and recover the files off of them using BadCopy Pro - Floppy Disk, CD, DVD and Digital Media Data Recovery Software

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I just replaced my motherboard with a used one of the same make/model/chipset, so bootup was quite easy, and everything seems to be working fine. However, there's one problem: my floppy (A) drive isn't recognized. It doesn't light on startup, and isn't shown in Windows Explorer. (OS is Win98SE).

I'm sure one possible reason for this is a damaged/defective motherboard, but am hopeful there's another, less drastic, cause. Can someone please give me some insight as to what's causing this?

Also, am I correct in my understanding that the red stripe on the IDE ribbon cable goes to the outboard side of the floppy drive? My FD connector has alignment slots on both top and bottom, so I want to verify that I've installed the cable correctly.

A:Floppy Drive Isn't Recognized

This is just guessing mostly....
Check your BIOS on boot up to make sure that it is enabled.
On the cables, if the FDD light is always on, then just take the cable out of the FDD and turn it round. Sometimes the red line is alongside the power plug, and sometimes it isn't. me......there is no light on the FDD at all (although it does show up in windows explorer) then I guess it is knackered !
Have a fiddle, and see what happens........

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Need some help. I'm installing windows PE on my machine so I can attempt to create a recovery partition on the harddrive, but it crashes. Pops up BSOD:

stop: 0x0000007b

I think it has to do with the harddrive controllers so I want to manually install them. However the only way it wants it is as a floppy / A:\ (which i don't have on my laptop). Is there any way for me to trick the computer so that it thinks the usb drive is a floppy? Anything I need change in the boot disc so it recognizes the usb as A:\ ? Thanks in advanced! Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

A:USB Drive as a floppy(or recognized as A:\)

hello & welcome to TSF

i really dont think you will be able to do what you are asking !!

what you can do is burn those to cd as a bootable disk , then go into the bios and change the load priority in boot order to load the cd drive first so that it will install them from the cd


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I am building a new pc with intel dual core processor, 2gig ddr2 ram, winxp pro sp2, and an xfx motherboard. The socket for the floppy is keyed on the motherboard and I have the tape plugged in to the floppy so that pin1 is next to the stripe on the tape. In my computer, there is no "A" drive, the hard drive and cd rom drives are recognized and have assigned letters. I have tried to find info on microsoft's website to no avail. Would appreciate any help. The floppy drive is brand new.

A:floppy drive not recognized

In the BIOS, is floppy drive enabled?

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I have two hard disks, one Seagate 120 GB one and another Maxtor d540x-4d
5400 rpm 40 GB UATA/100 drive. My problem is that the maxtor drive used to
work fine, but recently, it is recognized by BIOS and Device Manager in
Windows, but it is not shown by either the logical disk manager in disk
management or My computer. What is the problem? Any remedies? THanking you

A:Hard Disk recognized by bios, but not by My computer/Disk Manager

You need to partition and format a drive to see it as a drive letter in Windows.

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I installed Epson SD-800 on Dell that I bought without floppy drive. The Epson SD-800 is a dual, 3.5" and 5.25". I use Windows XP. It first would not recognize the drive(s). Going into setup I changed "Integrated Devices/Diskette Interface" from "off" to "auto". Rebooting the system recognized A drive but not B (the 5.25") drive. There may be somethng to change in the setup or bios but don't want to do anything rash until I can get some verification.



A:Dual floppy drive not recognized

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When I boot up my computer and check "my computer" there is no A Drive showing. It is there and the green light is glowing. I've gone to the CMOS Setup and have in Drive A 1.44m, 3.5 in indicated, Drive B - None and Floppy 3 Mode Support - Drive A. I've changed the Floppy 3 Mode Support to show Drive B and Both but nothing changed. When I boot up and it checks I get a message Floppy disk(s) fail (40).

Before exiting CMOS Setup I've tried the Optimized and Fail Safe settings but it didn't correct the problem. Any suggestions on how to get this going? Thanks.

A:Solved: Floppy Drive A not recognized

The only other thing I would look at is the ribbon cable. If the bios has it enabled and the green power light is on its one of 2 things a defective A: altogether or a defective/unplugged ribbon cable.

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I just rebuilt an old system using Windows 7 Home Premium after using WinXP pro for many years. The primary hard drive is WDC 150 Mg and Win7 is installed and updated to current with SP1. I dropped a second WDC hard drive in, formatted and was going to use it for a 2nd backup unit. Both of these are sata. Both hard drives are recognized by Disk Management but when I select Computer on the start menu ONLY the primary 150 Mg drive is recognized. If I plug in an external drive, both Computer and Disk Management recognizes the external drive. How do I have Win7 recognize my backup WDC drive so I can use it.

Thank you

A:hard drive NOT recognized in computer but IS recognized in disk mgmnt.

Quote: Originally Posted by PERSIL

I just rebuilt an old system using Windows 7 Home Premium after using WinXP pro for many years. The primary hard drive is WDC 150 Mg and Win7 is installed and updated to current with SP1. I dropped a second WDC hard drive in, formatted and was going to use it for a 2nd backup unit. Both of these are sata. Both hard drives are recognized by Disk Management but when I select Computer on the start menu ONLY the primary 150 Mg drive is recognized. If I plug in an external drive, both Computer and Disk Management recognizes the external drive. How do I have Win7 recognize my backup WDC drive so I can use it.

Thank you

Had similarities on my pc.

Goto BIOS, there you have 4 options.

Primary Master
Secondary Master

Primary Slave
Secondary Slave

Set it as follows:

Primary Master -----> Main Boot HDD
Secondary Master -----> EMPTY

Primary Slave -----> CD/DVD RAM
Secondary Slave -----> Secondary backup HDD
Hpe it helps!


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For some reason my USB floppy drive is not found or recognized in Win 7 64 bit, it was working but not anymore. Can't find it in Computer Management-Disk Management but it is listed in Devices and shows no conflicts.

A:Solved: USB floppy drive not found/recognized

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I just built a nice little powerhouse for my girlfriend. It's all up and running great, but I ran into a strange snag along the way.

First of all I'm using the new 915 Intel board (not sure the exact number ATM, but it is Intel brand) with a PCI Express, LGA775 chipset.

I currently have one 36.7 GB WD Raptor on a SATA connection. The only optical drive is a CD/DVD +/- RW combo on it's own (and only) IDE channel. I opened up the BIOS on first boot, and noticed that even though the correct model number showed up in the Drive Options, it was displayed as being a Floppy Drive!

Confused, I switched the jumper setting.... still no change. Switched to the last jumper setting.. tried removing the jumper completely, nope ! OK, so I decide I'll set the jumper back to the Master position and let Windows try to sort it out.

I install windows off my USB DVD-drive. Flawless install, but even in Windows it displays a Floppy Drive! There is no Floppy drive connected. I then proceed to close the case and barf all over the damn thing out of pure frustration. puke:

I'm freakin out here! I've built several computers and worked on countless others and have NEVER EVER seen anything like this. Granted, the RAID thing is new to me, and I'm guessing it probably has something to do with that.

A:Optical Drive being recognized as a Floppy Drive !

Welcome to Techspot !

I know you are experienced ,but sometimes the simple stuff.
Given the newness of this architecture I would lean towards the necessity of a bios file update.
Since the bios sees it as a floppy but has the correct Model and I take you loaded Windows from it, it obviously works.
Does your Bios settings allow you to manually chose the drive type and DMA etc.If yes
Disable all IDE channels not in use. and turn off 'auto configure '
Check the web site and tech support there could be a bug fix in the works.
Let us know how far you get.

P.S. Sorry missed you loaded from USB,However if the drive can read media etc. my point is the same.

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So I think I might need to update my BIOS to solve a larger problem, however I'm stuck at the moment because I can't fit all the BIOS update files unto the floppy disk. The files that windows puts on the floppy disk to make it boot able take up 568,320 Bytes, and extracted, the files for updating the BIOS take up 1,111,277 Bytes. I really don't see how this is supposed to fit on a floppy disk that holds 1,457,664 Bytes. What am I doing wrong?

Thanks for reading this!


A:How do I update BIOS if the files don't fit on the floppy disk?

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I searched in this forum for a solution to update the BIOS without a floppy drive. The only one i found was this thread [] , but there is no .iso file for the tecra 8000 series.
is there any solution to get the new bios installed on my tecra 8000 without any floppy drive ?

A:BIOS Update for Tecra 8000 without Floppy Disk

I have checked Toshiba BIOS download page on and TRAD BIOS version is offered. This old Tecra is maybe 10 years old and at this time Toshiba has offered traditional BIOS update only.

Win versions are offered later with newer Tecra 9000/9100.

Maybe stupid question now but why do you need BIOS update?

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I changed my CMOS battery and replaced my WiFi card, then booted my computer and got this:

Floppy disk(s) fail (40)

It happens every time I start up now. I can press F1 and it will continue booting. I have a Shuttle AN35 Ultra motherboard with AwardBIOS v6.00PG. I don't have a floppy drive and I don't have it set anywhere in the boot order (it's just HDD-0, then CD-ROM and nothing else).

What in the world did I do?

EDIT: by the way, changing the battery reset all the settings, but I set all of them back again.

A:Solved: BIOS Error: Floppy disk(s) fail (40)

Settings in BIOS that might influence this include choosing none for type of floppy drive and disabling the floppy drive controller.

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I currently have 2 SATA hard disks connected, then 1IDE hard disk on blue IDE slot and 2 IDE cdroms on the other IDE slot. I also have two other external drives each connected to a USB port.

The problem is that the IDE hard disk is not being recognised in BIOS, when I try to switch some settings in the BIOS IDE configuration I have managed to get it recognised but then the cdroms are not recognised, how can I get them all recognised?

Another problem I have is with the external drives. If I switch them on before the computer boots up the POST will hang, so I have to leave them off until the POST ends and switch them on while windows loads so they get recognised by windows with all their sharing settings intact. Is there a way to eliminate this annoying problem?


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So after reinstalling my windows on a SSD, i cannot see my other HDD drive that I haven't even touched, It only shows up in device management in the disk drives, not in the disk management. It also shows up as dynamic. Tried using Partition wizard, but it shows that the disk is bad, so i tried converting it from dynamic to basic, but it fails to do so. I have files on it that I cannot lose, any suggestions?

EDIT: Fixed by itself, it now appears in the disk management.

A:HDD gets recognized by BIOS but I can't see it at Disk Management.

Quote: Originally Posted by aiceo

So after reinstalling my windows on a SSD, i cannot see my other HDD drive that I haven't even touched, It only shows up in device management in the disk drives, not in the disk management. It also shows up as dynamic. Tried using Partition wizard, but it shows that the disk is bad, so i tried converting it from dynamic to basic, but it fails to do so. I have files on it that I cannot lose, any suggestions?

EDIT: Fixed by itself, it now appears in the disk management.

I have files on it that I cannot lose, any suggestions?

You can use Macrium ( free) to create the image.
Be careful when downloading to always click "custom" and decline any of the crap it wants to add - i.e. changing search engines, home page, etc.

Make a boot cd( instructions on main page) and also after creating the image, do a Verify.

I do this by clicking Restore and browsing for the created image and you will see a link to Verify.

Put the image on a different internal hdd and if you have an external hdd, put one there as well.

Do an image backup periodically, (I do it once a week or after any major changes).

This will prevent loss of your files if you have a virus,corruption, etc.

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The problem is pretty much sum'd up in the title. I have a 1TB Western Digital Blue Caviar sata HDD hooked up to the motherboard. A while back, when I went to go boot up the PC, the HDD busy light just stayed solid, and windows 7 took a lot longer than usual to load. When it does, I can't use the hard drive. I have tried to rescan for it in disk management and exhausted all most all the fixes I can find in threads on the net.

I know it's not a totally dead disk, because a couple times the C: drive (boot drive) automatically ran CHKDSK, it seemed to repair 1 or 2 small files, a file structure, or something, and then the D drive would return for a couple days before the problem returned.

I replaced the Sata cable with a new one, it started working again, but only for a few days. I'm kind of baffled on this one. Usually I figure these things out. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Have a good day.
AMD FX(tm)-8320 Eight-Core - Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. 970A-DS3P - AMD Radeon R9 200 Series -
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

A:2nd HDD (1TB) is recognized in bios, not in Win 7 disk management

Are C and D both partitions on this single WD Blue?

Or do you have 2 distinct drives?

Not sure what you've tried, but have you run any Western Digital drive diagnostic utilities?

Have you connected the problem drive to several different motherboard ports?

Please tell us about your "Pennsylvania" operating system.

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I have a brand new Foxconn A7GM-S 2.0 motherboad which seems to be unable to recognize my two SATA hard disks. I have ensured that the power connectors and SATA cables are snug, and have tried each pair of the six SATA slots on the motherboard. I also don't hear either hard disk powering up upon boot.

This board is a replacement for my older motherboard, which died rather suddenly. Both hard disks were connected to the old motherboard at the time of its failure, which leads me to wonder if the disks are damaged beyond repair. Do motherboard failures generally affect connected hard disks? Or is my new motherboard defective?

CPU = AMD Athlon 64 X2 5050e
Motherboard = Foxconn A7GM-S 2.0 (BIOS version 8.00.14)
RAM = 2 x 2 GB GSkill DDR2-6400
HDD1 = Seagate Barracuda (160 GB)
HDD2 = Western Digital Caviar (80 GB)

A:SATA hard disk not recognized in BIOS

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Hi all,

I know this is similar to at least one recent thread, but different enough to post.
I am upgrading my sister's machine from a 3.2Gb WD Caviar to a 40Gb Seagate U Series 5 drive, ST348023 from memory, ATA100.
The machine is running a K62 266, not sure of the Mobo, but obviously supports the AMD chip.
From what I have been able to glean from the Seagate site, this drive should be backwards compatible with any IDE connector, but when I stick it in, with the BIOS set to auto-detect all drives, the machine halts trying to detect the Seagate drive, although it will let me Ctrl-Alt-Del and also press Del to get into CMOS setup.
I have tried it as Primary Master, and as Primary Slave, both with the other HD on the same cable, and without it in at all.
Seagate's disk tools are able to detect that it is there, even when not setup in the BIOS. Seagate's disk wizard, which is an excellent tool for installing a new drive, told me that all I had to do was set BIOS settings to auto for that drive, and all would be rosy. It looks at what drive you have, what BIOS you have, and gives you instructions to suit. The documentation tells me that if the BIOS supports LBA and Large disk types, then all should be fine - it does.

Can anyone give me any ideas on what's going on? I have installed quite a number of hard drives in the past, but never come across anything like this.


A:Hard Disk not being auto-recognized by BIOS

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Yesterday while watching movie on my PC it appeared as black on the screen and stopped working. After restarting the PC it was not responding as the BIOS was unable to recognize the hard disk. It creates an unusual sound while BIOS searches drives.

1. I tried by bootting the PC using another hard disk but this HD does not appear in the windows.
2. I also tried to boot using Ubuntu live CD but failed to find my HD on it.

As it is not recognized by BIOS, I cann't use data recovery software to recover the data. I'm badly in need of all data in it.

Please someone help me in this regard to recover the data.

Model: HD252HJ
Capacity : 250 GB
Interface : Serial ATA 3.0 Gbps
Buffer memory : 16MB

A:My Samsung Hard Disk is not being recognized by BIOS

Try the freezer trick. Place your hard drive in zip lock freezer bag to protect it from moisture and freeze it overnight (or a few hours at least). Quickly hook up the frozen hard drive and try to boot from it. If it works, be prepared to copy your important data as soon as possible before the hard drive warms up too much. This is not a permanent fix but it may work long enough to save your data.

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Hi All,

I have an issue with the internal SATA HDD in my Pavilion dm4t laptop (PR #: XQ131AAR). The drive is working, when connecting via external USB enclosure is recognized by the PC, can read/write data, format partitions etc? When plugged in as internal HDD of the laptop, BIOS does not recognize it. When booting from Windows Installation Disk, the drive (and its partitions) are recognized, but I get the following message when trying to select a partition to proceed with Windows install:

Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer?s hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk?s controller is enabled in the computer?s BIOS menu.

Used external USB enclosure again, connected to a working PC and using TestDisk, I deleted the partition table (by zero writing it several times), then created a new MBR. When connecting back as internal drive, it is now recognized by BIOS and in the Windows installation screen, I can actually select a partition on the drive to install Windows on; the installation actually runs, but as soon as I get to the point of having to restart the PC during the installation process, upon restart the drive is not recognized anymore?

When I remove it, and repeat the same steps with TestDisk, it once again works, can start Windows installation, but it fails upon restart.

I have already read numerous forums on the topic, have tried various drive utilities. I also saw in one of the forums a suggestion to enable AHC... Read more

A:Windows cannot be installed to this disk... HDD not recognized in BIOS

Unplug all other HD's and peripherals,

Boot into BIOS setup, reset to defaults, save changes. If an EFI BIOS you'll need to decide if you want UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS. If UEFI follow these special steps for Install, otherwise enable Legacy BIOS or Compatibility Support Module to proceed with normal install:

Set DVD drive first to boot, HD second, set SATA controller to AHCI, Save changes and Exit.

Then boot into Windows 7 installer DVD or flash stick burned or written using tool and latest ISO for your licensed OS version here. I would use a fresh ISO written with tool in Step 2 as yours is in question.

At first installer screen Press Shift + F10, or enter System Recovery Options to open a Command Box, type:

SELECT DISK 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)

Next click Install Now, then Custom install to Clean Install Windows 7 to the partition you created. If it fails then report back at which step and the verbatim error message.

In addition read over these steps to understand the tools and methods which work best to get and maintain a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. The steps are the same for retail.

After install you can adjust partition size or Create new partitions for data, etc. in Disk Mgmt. You are creating the partition here for the purpose of wiping the HD and marking Active which overcomes certain install failu... Read more

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Hello all,

After reading a lot of stuff and attempting fixes on my own (on three computers), I'm looking for help.

My external HDD Spire circa 2006 will not show up in Explorer; here's what I've done so far:

opened disk mgmt to partition it...not showing up in disk management
opened device mgmt ....shows up
disabled and luck
uninstalled and luck
updated driver .... "latest driver updated"

changed ports
changed computers (older version of windows)
restarted computers

on the third computer it shows as "working properly", but still does not show up in explorer. So...

opened CMD prompt
disk utility
list volume .... not showing up in list volume (as far as I can tell)

Does anyone have ideas? I'm not sure how I can fix any potential partition problems if it doesn't show up in disk management. I'm not sure if it's "working properly" why it won't show up in explorer.

I appreciate your help.


A:External HDD recognized in device mgmt not disk nor BIOS ...

Part of it has likely failed, hard drives fail all the time and externals fail even more often.

First try another USB cable. If that doesn't work take the unit apart and remove the actual hard drive. You can install the drive into another enclosure to see if it's the enclosure has failed. You could also install it internally in a desktop PC and see if it works instead of another enclosure. Being that old it might be either a newer SATA interface or it could be the older PATA interface with pins; if PATA you'll need an older computer to connect it to as new computers don't have PATA connectors anymore. I wouldn't buy another enclosure for it if there is not important data on it that you must recover, being that old it's simply not worth it to just get the drive working.

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I receive the following error whenever writing multiple or large files to my floppy disk:
Disk Write Error
Unable to write to disk in drive A:
Data or files may be lost

It occurs about every 5 seconds when writing files. Some files, typically small ones, are written with no problems.
I've replaced the floppy drive with a new one and the problem remains.
I swapped in a known working floppy and cable from another working PC and experienced the same problem.

Please suggest a solution.

A:[SOLVED] Floppy Drive Error: Unable to write to disk in drive A

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I have the exact problem with drive A. When trying to backup to it, a frequent blue screen write error appears. In searching the web, others have experienced this problem. I have not found a clear solution to the problem short of reloading all of windows. Can someone help?


A:[SOLVED] Floppy Drive Error: Unable to write to disk in drive A

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Is it possible to flash bios without a floppy drive?

The reason I am asking is because my floppy drive died a while back and I have really had no need to replace it considering most of the times I save data to cds now. I have an Intel SE440BX-2 Motherboard and for some reason I am having trouble with Windows reckognizing my 80GB WD hard drive even though it shows up fine in Bios. I have searched all through the forums here and have tried all of the other troubleshooting steps before I noticed that my bios version outdated. Right now I have version 4S4EB2X0.86A.0015.P08. and I am trying to update to 4S4EB2X0.86A.0024.P17. I have a cd burner and software to burn a bootable cd, Im just trying to figure out if this is possible to do this way?

My current IDE configuration is

Primary Master : CD Burner (Master Jumper)
Second Slave : 80 GB WD (Slave Jumper)
Secondary Master : 10 GB WD (Master Jumper w/ Win98SE OS)
Secondary Slave : 20 GB WD (Slave Jumper)
The only thing not showing up in Windows is the 80 GB WD.

Thank You In Advance For Your Help.

A:Flash Bios Without A Floppy Drive

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Heya! First of all I've never updated BIOS before and I know it can be a risky thing but I have had too many crashes lately and seems that updating the BIOS could fix the problem.
I used BIOSagent plus to check what BIOS I have and I have gone to the manufacturers website and these are the instructions on updating - Universal abit > Motherboard, Digital Speakers, iDome, AirPace, Multimedia
Now there it says to use a floppy but I do not have a floppy drive so could I be able to extract the files to a USB stick instead and use the USB stick as first boot device????
Also step 7 on those instructions, is that a command to type in somewhere or would that be a file I would have to click on???

A:Can I update BIOS with a USB if I don't have floppy drive??

Read the bottom of this page, see if that will be what you need:

Flash Bios From USB

Just in general terms it can be done. Specifically, not for every MB/BIOS. A Guy

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I'm trying to update the bios on an IBM Thinkpad 600 but I do not have a floppy drive but I do have a cd drive. On another computer I downloaded the update, extract the floppy boot files onto a floppy, then I copied these files to a CD-R disk. I took this disk to the IBM laptop but it doesn't want to boot from it. I have the bios set to boot from cd first, but all I see is the cd-rom light flash, and then windows xp loads. Anyway I can update the bios from this cd that I created? thanks

A:updating bios with no floppy drive through cd rom

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Hello,            Am trying to update my BIOS using my CD drive.I have a IBM Thinkpad 600EThe latest version given on the Lenovo site is an exe that asks for a diskette. Since I dont have a floppy drive, any idea how to get this created to a CD as a bootable image ? Or is there a different download for the same ?Thanks,             Alex 


Go to Solution.

A:How to update BIOS without a floppy drive ?

I'm not sure that it is possible, an easy option would be to get hold of a floppy. Here's a bargain in the Marketplace at TPF.

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Can anyone tell me how to update my BIOS on XP without using a floppy disk or CD? I currently don't have either of those drives and need to update my mobo to get full support for my FX-60 processor. Thanks in advance!

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i've been trying to update my bios due to a problem i've been having with a video game. the game points to a vague memory problem, though it could be many other things. the memory is brand new, but i've heard of unstability in the combo that i have. nforce 2 mobo and ddr400 i gig stick.

i'm hoping an updated BIOS would help with this, but i have no floppy drive except and external superdisk drive which for the life of me i can't get the thing to make a bootable disk. I simply warns me that formattng the disk will erase all the data, click ok or cancel. when i click ok nothing happens. otherwise the drive works fine.

i've been toying around with a bootable cd, however the only way i've gotten it to work was using that fixntldr.iso file you can download. however i can't seem to get to a prompt with it, which i need to do inorder to reach the folder that holds my update. all i get are 10 options to boot which leads me right back into windows. the discs i've made w/ magiciso using the three system files from the windows drive never get noticed.

any advice would be appreciated. i know its gonna make me look stupid though. : (

A:flashing BIOS w/o a floppy drive

Just create a floppy emulation bootable CD using your favourite CD burning program. When it asks for a floppy image file, point it to the Win98SE one from (get the non-Windows version (not .exe)). Unzip it of course

Drag and drop the BIOS flashing stuff to the CD compilation. Burn and boot. The CD will boot up using floppy emulation, the CD itself will get a drive letter like T: or R: (you are told which one it is).

You can also use any other media with a FAT filesystem, including USB external hard drives or flash disks. You'd have to use the FreeDOS boot from UBCD ( to get USB support though.

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I wanna flash my laptop's bios without a floppy, i was wondering if that's possible?

A:Flashing Bios without Floppy drive

Firstly, what is it that you want the Bios updated on?

Secondly, yeh i've heard of some software programs which can do it for you. But it depends on the manufacturer of the Board/Card that is being updated.

I'm pretty sure Asus do it because I have some Bios Update Software Program on my desktop but my Bios is up to date so I've never used it.

Anyways, contat your manufacturer or e-mail them for any software programs for automatic updating.

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Hi, most new computers don't come with a floppy drive. Let's face it, they are totally 1984.
I want to update my bios. It's an asus SLI Delux board (about a year old if that).
I have read sooo many threads trying to figure this out. It seems you could boot from a USB thumb drive but you need to have a floppy drive first in order to create a bootable USB drive.

I just want to flash my bios. It needs to be updated to support the new processor.

does anyone have directions on how to do this for a normal human? I'm pretty technical but i don't really know dos commands.

Also, the ez flash software to flash from windows does not work for me as I am running VISTA 64 bit. The software is not compatible...and my current bios version requies a DOS flash.

Anyonne have an idea on how I can do this without a floppy drive? I need detailed steps here .


A:Still need floppy drive to flash bios?

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I have an ASUS P5GD1 Pro Motherboard, and need to do a BIOS update- (to support 4 sticks of dual channel RAM aparantly...)

I went to the site, downloaded all the stuff, and was just about ready to go, when I read the instructions:
Copy stuff to floppy drive!
I dont have a floppy drive installed on my computer...

Could I do it from CD ROM or USB Pen drive?

I am afraid to continue with it though, as I though that the USB drivers might get wiped or sumthing like that... I REALY dont wanna screw up my motherboard!

What do you think my options are??

I guess in a worst case scenario I could borrow a floppy drive from someone for the update, but that would be a hassle...

Here is my BIOS info:

I am on XP Home, and am wanting to update it to the newest version.

Any sugestions???

EDIT: another thought I just had is could I do it from another partition I have?? ... no, thats silly... or is it?? yeah, silly. nm.

A:BIOS update without floppy drive

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I have a compaq CQ60 104TU laptop, my previous harddrive crashed and i has an external 500GB hardrive lying around. So, I opened it up and took the Harddrive out and inserted into my laptop.

When I am trying to load windows into it I get the error

Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu

The Hard disk has no data, and i don't have a CD-Rom, have made my USB bootable manually using DISKPART (this method of installation has worked for me before)

I have a InsydeH2O Setup Utility
Inside the BIOS the options available to me are:-

->System Time
->System Date
->Diagonistic Log

->Administrator Password <clear>
->Power-On Password <clear>

->Primary Hard Disk Self Test
->Memory Test

**System Configuration**
->language <English>
->Processor C6 states <Enabled>
->Fan always on <enabled>
->Boot Options->


**No other options other than this are available to me in the bios**
Note:- In the BIOS Reverting back to Defaults did not work. I have already tried that

Please could you help me repair my laptop.

A:New Hard disk recognized by Windows7 but not by BIOS, install failed

8+ hrs and lots of viewers, but no answers...

giving it a bump here

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I cannot format a disk in my A drive. I know the disk is OK because I can format it in another computer but I can use the disk for everything else. Can you help??

A:floppy disk drive


You said, "I cannot format a disk in my A drive." Must be some associated message, yes? That would help figure this out. Does the A: drive READ diskettes?

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I have a Sony VAIO desktop, 3 ghz, 1gb memory, windows XP home ed.
When I put a disc in the standard floppy drive iT and click on A in my computer tells me to please insert a disc in drive A. I have gone to device manager and uninstalled the floppy drive controller and rebooted and it reinstalled. I have tried another floppy drive cable and floppy drive. I have even had the motherboard replaced since it was still uner warranty as far as hardware goes. I can only surmise that since it isn't hardware, it must be something in the software or operating system. The funny part everything else works fine including my dvd/cd drive, and my dvd burner. I could run the VAio recovery and put it back to factory defaults, but I have it set up the way I want now and don't want to go through the hassle of reinstalling everything. I'd rather buy an external usb floppy if it comes to that. I have even booted into safe mode and get the same results. I have restored old saved registry backups to no avail.
Strange and perplexing problem. Anyone have an ideas?

A:floppy drive does not see disk

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When I load software on my Win2k Proffesional. It asks for a disk in Drive A: Even when I load Updates from Windwows Website. If I click continue or Cancel it will load the software and go away. Anyone now of maybe a Registry entry that I might change to fixe this?
Thanks in advance.

A:No disk in Floppy Drive A:\

Try putting a floppy with data in the drive. Open it with Windows Explorer. Access some of the data on the floppy. Close Windows Explorer. Remove the floppy and see if the problem goes away. Sometimes if a floppy is removed while still being accessed by Windows Explorer, it will continue "looking" for the floppy.

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I have XP and the tower has a floppy drive. Up 'til now the floppy drive has shown on My Computer, along with the DVD and RW drives. But after I had to hard-boot the floppy drive no longer shows on My Computer, nor does the drive work. It did work previously. ????

A:floppy disk drive

Check the power and data connections.
These drives do have a life span, and yours may have reached it.
I suspect it's not much of a loss.

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I cannot format a disk in my floppy drive. I know the disk is Ok because I can format it on another computer. Can you please help??

A:Floppy disk drive


Will the A: drive READ any Diskettes??? What msgs are given to indicate that the format has failed.

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My system is Windows XP. I recently bought a older version of LOTUS 123 for home use with the program on 4 -3-1/2 floppy disks. When I attempt to install, the following happens:

Disk 1 (install disk) loads perfectly. then it asks for disk 2.

Disk 2 when placed in the slot, causes the disk drive to click/rattle and nothing happens. In fact, the computer seems to freeze and none of the normal commands work. I have to shut the computer off by pulling the power cord.

All the disks appear to be like new

Do you have any suggestion?


Carl Meyers

A:floppy disk drive

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I cannot get my floppy disk drive to work. When I double click on my floppy disk drive icon, an error message appears saying that:

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I just bought a PC controller today, and the driver setup is on a floppy disk. When I insert the floppy disk, the computer doesn't detect it. I tried other disks and it STILL doesn't detect it. Any suggestions?

A:Floppy Disk Drive

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I try to access the floppy disk drive and it keeps telling me I have to format my disk. They are already and I can't figure out why I can't use it. I recently upgraded from Windows 95 to 98. Have used the A:drive since, but all of a sudden it doesn't work. I installed Norton Utilities and it cleaned up a lot of files and errors. Also had this error message:" Scan Disk cannot check this drive because there is no disk, it is not formatted or a disk utility has locked it." Any ideas....
PC 48

A:Floppy Disk Drive

PC, you might get better support if you post your question in the win98/ME forum or hardware forum. sharon

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Floppy worked with ME. Installed XP, now disk not recognized when in floppy drive. I checked bios and have the floppy "A" enabled and 1.44 selected. Upgraded OS on both my PCs from ME to XP and have same problem on both PCs.

I have now disabled the "A" drive and defaulted to the "normal floppy" setting. Now the PC sees the disk, opens and shows what is on the disk, but will not open the folders....just get a clicking sound. I'm quite certain the drive is good. What do you think is wrong?

I try to copy to disk... get message to insert disk in drive!

I try to format a disk, drive sees disk but I get error message windows can't complete the task.

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I have recently not been able to use my floppy drive. For some reason win2k is not detecting it. I have the floppy seek enabled in the bios as well as listed in the bios. I have the boot sequence set up to check the floppy, cd-rom, and then IDE 0. With that boot sequence, it looks for a boot record on the floppy and if i put a disk in the drive it will recognize it from the boot. However, once win2k has started, it will not list the drive under the "My Computer". In other words no "A" drive is shown.

Anyone have any suggestions?????

Thanks to all who read!

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Hello.I come back to a problem that I did not solve yet. PC was perfectly operating also with a FDD of old type with ribbon cable connected to the proper connector on the Benicia motherboard and separate supply from PC power  wiring.  I updated the BIOS to the version 5.43 and the FDD was not anymore detected inspite of different settings of the BIOS that I tryed.Disk "A" is not detected on W7 and W7 Device Manager is not showing hardware failures. I have to remark that the BIOS updating have been done with ClamWinAntivirus, Malwarebytes and  SUPERantispyware still running. Since v5.43 of AMI BIOS provides the settings for a FDD and the FD is operating ( tested in an other PC) I would like to find a solution in order to detect disk "A": Is it possible to run a second time the v5.43 BIOS updating file,  with all antivirus off, without create damages? is it possible that there would be some settings on the BIOS that I have not discovered? Please give me a suggestion ( the solution of a FDD USB is the last chance, because the hardware was operating ). Thanks.Gianfranco41. 

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I just bought my wife a new Ace Aspire 3000 Laptop. She has a bunch of stuff from her old computer on Floppy Disk. Will any external floppy drive with a USB hook-up work on this Laptop?


A:External Floppy Disk Drive?

It sure will Kisota have a look here or just type "floppy drive on usb" into google like I did.

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I just reformated my computer, and I just went to open a floppy disk and it seems that my 3 1/2" floppy drive has disapeared. I open my computer and it is not listed anymore, I only see a D drive and a C drive. PLEASE HELP ME AS SOON AS YOU CAN. I REALLY NEED TO ACCESS MY FLOPPY DISK ASAP

A:My Floppy disk drive has disapeared !??!

Yorien says:

Duh... does your PC recognize the floppy? (try with a system disk) or both your OS and your PC fail in recognizing the floppy.

Yorien Dragonard

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I'm using an m3n78 pro motherboard. I was just checking out "my computer" when I noticed there was a drive A: - a floppy disk drive.

I double checked my connections and i'm sure I don't have a floppy disk drive.

Devmgmt.msc reports a floppy disc too.

I double checked everything and I don't have a flash drive, or my old USB floppy drive attached so I'm really confused - why is my system reporting a floppy drive when I don't have one..?

A:Phantom Floppy Disk Drive?

If you do not have a floppy drive, enter the bios and disable the floppy controller. That should remove the drive from my computer.

For detailed instructions on bios menus, read your manual.

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Floppy Disk Drive Not Working Running Xp.
Green Light On All The Time.

When You Put In Disk A Notice Asks You To Please Put In Disk When You Try To Access It In My Computer.

Thanks For Any Info


A:Floppy Disk Drive Not Working

If this is after taking the cable off, it could be on backwards, something that's possible to do with floppies. If it just started happening with no tinkering, I'd think the floppy may be bad.

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Recently, my floppy drive reads or should say tries to read but there is no disk in the drive. I checked the button and it is not stuck. Any reason why it would do this or how to stop it from doing this? It doesn't do it all the time and is very random. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Floppy drive keeps reading without disk

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I understand this is rather old hat now but I am currently looking at a dos 6.2 machine with a floppy disk drive that refuses to work. when i select the A: drive the system trys to read the disk (light comes on etc) but comes up with a seek error.

when I try to abort this it won't allow me to exit and i have to rebbot the system.
On the reboot with the disk in the drive again it tries to read the A: drive but doesn't register anything.

I have also tried a format a: command from the c: drive and on attempting this a "formatting 360K parameters not supported message appears". i have checked the set-up in the BIOS (set for 3.5 inch 1.44mb) and everything else i can think of has anyone any ideas?

I have also tried replacing the drive itself.

A:Floppy disk drive advice

It's the disk not the drive

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The a: drive does not read a floppy disk in the same way each time. Sometimes it will read okay and it will be possible to open up files. On other occasions it will read that there are folders there with filenames made up of various symbols (these folders are not really there!) and on other occasions the files that are there will appear as empty with the dos file type as *A* file (or something like that) and I know that they are gif files - these files appear with and without filenames.

Could the drive be dirty or dying? or could this be a software problem?

Please help if you can.

A:Floppy disk drive problem

Hi jogger
Try cleaning the drive and reseating the drive cables. Can you boot from the drive? If you can boot ok from the drive try accessing some other floppies in DOS. (DIR *.* should give you a listing.) Also try it with newer floppys. You can run windows scandisk on your floppy drive to check the condition of the floppys (surface scan). Booting from a boot disk and testing the drive in DOS should eliminate any problems caused by windows.

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A:Floppy disk drive works for nothing

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Hi All -

OK. I already know that floppy disks are ancient and anyone who still saves data to them must be crazy. Well, I'm 48 and when I first started using computers they didn't have CD-ROM drives - or any other kinds of drives for that matter - other than floppies. It's hard to teach an old dog new tricks. I obviously know very little about computers so I need your help in buying a new FDD. I have a 5 year old Sony Vaio, I run XP Pro, It has 80 Gbs and over 1 GB or Ram. Lots of free space left. I looked at the Sony site and they wanted to sell me a FDD that didn't look like the one in my computer and they wanted $80+ How will I know if what I buy is compatable with my machine? What do I need to know before I buy one? I don't mind buying an external one unless it hooks up to a USB port as all my ports are taken by the mouse, printer and scanner. Any and all information is greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance,

A:Need Help in Buying Floppy Disk Drive

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Hi, I'm running windows 8.1, and I got a external floppy drive and I got new floppy disks 1.44mbs, but when I put in the floppy in to my external drive it will not let me format it or even open it in windows 8.1 it takes a long time and still does nothing , windows sees the drive as a: but when I put a disk in it just keeps showing a red light on the drive and then it comes up saying that there is no floppy disk in, when there is. Dose this have to do with windows 8.1 or am I not doing something right , and I went to device manager and it is installed, I don't know what to do. Please help.

A:Need help and have a question about floppy disk drive.

Just tried a USB floppy drive -NOT USED for at least 6 years with the only floppy I could find. Format available with R click in explorer tried and failed with an error message.

This was the most noise I could get out of the drive
C:\Windows\system32>format a: /FS:FAT /F:1.44
Insert new disk for drive A:
and press ENTER when ready...
The type of the file system is RAW.
The new file system is FAT.
Verifying 1.44M
Invalid media or Track 0 bad - disk unusable.
Format failed.

So I don't know if there is an error with the floppy, W8.1 , the drive or any combination.

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I moved my data files from my hard drive to a floppy disk. Everything appeared to work perfectly (graphics of papers flying from one folder to another and as each folder was finished, it disappeared from the source and reappeared on the target). But when I tried to look at the files I had moved, I received a message that the diskette was not formatted. How on earth is this possible? I used a new, "formatted", diskette from a major supplier (the files I moved to a second, identical diskette work fine). After spending 90 frustrating minutes trying to find out whether these files can be restored to the hard drive, I have resigned myself to their loss. Can anyone provide an explanation of what happened? Thank you.

A:Drive won't read floppy disk

If you can, try the floppy in a different computer. Sometimes a floppy is formatted in one drive and not seen as such in another-hopefully your data is on the disk and can be read in another floppy drive.

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Im trying to install a floppy disk drive on Windows 7, although I use a flashdrive too a floppy drive is still useful to me. I have enabled it on the BIOS but nothing shows up in 'My Computer' or 'Device Manager', it is connected to an IDE slot on the motherboard and I have checked to see if its plugged in properly, can anyone advise me on what I need to do next?

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I just bought a new Sony floppy disk drive, and all the connections are correct, but when I put a disk in and try and access it it comes up with a 'please insert disk' box. The lights are on.

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A:Floppy Disk Drive Not Working

There are generally no drivers for internal floppies...

You say the lights are on? Is it on all the time? If so, the cable is on backward.
Is the floppy enabled and set to 1.44 in your bios?

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My unkle has got a problem with his floppy disk drive. I took it out and put a different one into it and it still didnt work. I looked at the motherboard and 3 of the capacitors are bulging up and 2 of them are almost covered in a brown powder sort of stuff. Shall I just recoment he gets a new computer as I am amazed that it even boots as it is to be honest.

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Hi everyone,

I just built my first machine and I'm having a problem with the floppy. It wouldn't let me use Fdisk to partition anything in the beginning, but I was able to load Windows via a disk. After install, I tried the floppy again, no luck. I used the disk with drivers that came with the mobo, still nothing. I swapped it out into another computer and the floppy works, so I'm at a loss. I've also tried 2 different ribbons. I'm wondering if a Bios update will fix it?

Thanks for any help!!

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A:Floppy drive not able to read disk

Did you enable the floppy drive in BIOS? And in Windows?
Cable mounted correct? Using the proper 'twisted' cable?
When you talk about disk, do you mean floppy disk or CD?
Please be as clear as possible.

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I have a floppy disk drive mounted in a Win98SE (OS and that era hardware computer) which does not boot the system, but I can boot on another floppy disk drive held loose in the case.

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I really would like to mount the replacement floppy disk in the case, which has no holes for screws or any other visible means to mount a floppy disk without removing the current one. There is an open slot below the mounted drive, and the loose drive is there, but getting the floppies in and out is tricky.

If digital photos would help, let me know what to take. (Last minute idea before posting.)

A:Floppy Disk Drive Mount

You may need to remove the front face of the computer, look for a latch on the bottom of the front of the computer. In most cases where the drives are on rails the front comes off and they slide forward.

If it doesn't come off, then take a few pictures and post them.

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Over time, I have accumulated several computers. I don't have the heart to trash the older ones. I try to find homes for them. One is a Dell Dimension 9100 with XP Pro as the OS. It is in mint condition.

My name is integrated into the folders and XP tells me this cannot be changed. I would like to reinstall XP so that where my name now appears, the name 'User' will appear, instead. I have the original installation disk.

The person who sold me the computer told me if I ever wanted to reinstall the OS (with the original installation disk), I would need a floppy disk drive to do so (something to do with the installation of drivers). Is this true? If it is true, is there a work around. I'm asking because this computer does not have a floppy disk drive.

(I find it strange that Dell would make a computer that requires a floppy disk drive to reinstall the OS, and not include a floppy disk drive with the machine).

A:[SOLVED] Floppy Disk Drive?

Does this Dell have the original Hidden partition containing the OS to restore to factory condition? If so, just use the Dell software that came with the computer to reset to factory.

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I have an Iomega FDD which is recognised in Windows 10 Device Manager with a yellow triangle but will not allow me to locate a driver. Right clic allows only "properties" which does not let me go any further. Is it possible to get a FDD to work with Windows 10?

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in the day of the cd/dvd drive, can anyone tell me what a floppy disk drive can be used for as i have one + dont know if i need it. should i remove it as its attached to an ide ribbon + isnt letting air flow through my pc...thank you

A:is the floppy disk drive needed in this day + age?

A floppy drive can be necessary for BIOS flashing and booting in DOS If you get a nasty virus or a corrupted boot line in your HDD.If you use older programs that were made in the DOS,Win 3.1,Win95 era they may only save to a floppy. Floppy is also good for saveing files like Word doccuments,Excel spreadsheats,and other files that need to be transported from one computer to another but are too small to waste a CD on.You should defently keep your floppy.If air flow is a problem replace the ribbon with a round cable.

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I have been working on a project for school and have been using the same disk for months the all of a sudden at school it started saying disk were not formatted and that they couldn't be opened,now my home computer is doing it too. The floppy disks have all ready been formatted for windows and i do not know what i can do to correct this problem. because i have info on the disks i want to get off. Can i download a file or somethign that will allow me to open the disk or what can i do.................PLease Help
You can e-mail me at [email protected] or aim meka22788 if u have any suggestions Thanks

A:Help with floppy disk drive & disks.

Please don't post duplicates.

Original thread here:

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I am havaing trouble with my floppy disk drive. When I try to save a file or read a file everything freezes up. When I start my computer the floppy drive seems to work. It makes its noises and the lights flash.
At first I was getting a message about making sure the door was closed or something.
Now when I remove the disk from the drive I get a message saying
" A:\ is not accessible. The device is not ready"

I did read other posts about this similar problem and I tried the safe mode fix as recommended but it did not help. That is when I started getting the message about the divice not being ready.
When I went to a file that showed my driver type and asked if I wanted to find a newer version I clicked yes and it said it already had the best driver for this system. Then I got a message saying "the device has a problem but Wndows can't determine what it is.

Any great fixes or advice?

A:floppy disk drive freezes

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I've physically removed my floppy disk drive.
I've gone into Device Manager and uninstalled the floppy disk & floppy disk controllers.

Everytime I restart my computer I get a message telling me that my "new hardware is installed and ready to use." When I check the Device Manager, or My Computer the floppy disk drive is still there!

How do I get rid of this? I don't want the computer to look for it. I don't want to see it in My Computer.


A:Uninstalling a floppy disk drive.

Disable it in the BIOS setup under standard CMOS settings.

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I just changed computers, annd upgraded the operating system from Millenium to XP. Everything works fine except for the floppy disk drive...i've tried different disks but each drive causes the computer to say "A:/is not accessible - No ID address mark was found on the floppy disk. I have looked at Device Manager and everything looks OK there, and no newer drives are available, so says XP.

A:Floppy Disk Drive Not Working

maybe you connected the floppy power cable upside happens all the time.

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Hi , I tried installing my picture floppy and it won't work. I tried opening under different programs. It makes a noise sometimes, or it says not formated. This happens on all my floppy's. An error message comes up at times and says, either no disk inserted, or not formatted or disk utility locked it up. Every time I put a floppy in, my computer freezes up again. I think this also crashed my computer. I was told I may have a virus and I have to reinstall original cd and restore my computer. Another error message I kept getting, when I tried to restore my computer for another date, was .. nav auto protect unable to start.. SYMEVNT.386 is not loaded, you many need to reinstall norton anti-virus to correct. Then everything freezes up. I was also told since my norton is old, that I may have gotten a virus thru norton. Can you help.

A:floppy disk drive not working

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I have an old Toshiba Portege 7140CT and I need to upgrade the BIOS to get rid of an ACPI compatibility issue. The laptop only has one USB port on it, and no floppy drive or CD-ROM drive. I do not have an external USB floppy drive handy. Is there another way to update the BIOS on this laptop without a floppy?

A:How to I flash Toshiba bios on a laptop with no floppy/CD-ROM drive?

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Ok, so I'm running an AMD athalon 2600, in an Asus A7N8X-X motherboard.

A little while ago, my PS2 ports went bad, which wasn't much of a problem. PIcked up a USB keyboard/Mouse, and enjoyed myself for quite a while.

Then I had to change boot order in the BIOS, and I realised that I couldn't hit DEL to enter setup.

I flashed the BIOS in hopes that it would somehow automagically enable USB boot support... (probably stupid)

When I restarted the computer I got an error that says "No secondary ide cable inserted, disk drive failure" <or whatever it says when there's no disk drive>

I then realised that with no way to hit F1 to skip disk checking, and no way to get into the bios to enable USB keyboard support I was royaly F*cked.

So the computer sits there waiting for me to hit the F1 key. I guess I have to order a new mobo just to tell it never to use PS2 or floppy drives again?

A:Can't get into BIOS. ISA bus is dead, so no Floppy drive or PS/2 Ports...argh...

You can order a new BIOS chip from Asus for $20. If your board is still under warranty you can get the chip for free.

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I have been working on a project for school and have been using the same disk for months the all of a sudden at school it started saying disk were not formatted and that they couldn't be opened,now my home computer is doing it too. The floppy disks have all ready been formatted for windows and i do not know what i can do to correct this problem. because i have info on the disks i want to get off. Can i download a file or somethign that will allow me to open the disk or what can i do.................PLease Help
You can e-mail me at [email protected] or aim meka22788 if u have any suggestions Thanks

A:Help with my floppy disk drive & disk!!!!!

Well that means you've discharged the Floppy. You now have a new coaster.. sucks but that's the problem with floppies. Maybe you might want to look at a USB pen drive, they are huge in size compared to a floppy.

I've done this to myself many a times dealing with floppies, it's almost as disheartening as a hard drive failing!!

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So I unplugged the Drive to spot out some problem with windows not installing correctly and now the Drive isn't being show in the Bios or on boot, it has power cause it opens the tray correctly and I tried resetting the bios to defaults.

How do I fix this. And I'm in the process of reinstalling Windows so I'm limited in what things I can do.

Thanks For Reading.

A:DVD Drive not Recognized in Bios

It would seem to be a connection issue. If necessary, try a different connector. A Guy

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The title says it all. Why is this. (Windows XP)

A:CD drive not recognized by bios

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I have a HP pavilion 8562 computer running windows 98se operating system.
My sbc dsl 2wire network went down. After I re-establish the network and dsl I could not access my floppy disk drive or my cd-rom drives (2).
I checked the ide cables and anything is connected correctly. My Computer shows all 3 drives but when I try to access them I get access denied message. The drives are as follows:
Aopen CD-RW CRW 3248
Liteon DVD-Rom LTD 163
Mitusmi 1.44 standard floppy disk drive
I have tried to download drivers but to no avail. How do I get my computer to recognize the 3 drives ? Thanks for your help.

A:access floppy disk drive and cd-rom drives

Boot into dos (hit F8 repeatedly when the machine is booting and select safe mode command prompt only)
and see if you can access the floppy drive under dos,

if so something is fudged, you will probably need to reinstall your motherboard drivers. (there are no drivers for a floppy)

If that doesn't work you can try deleting the devices while in safe mode from the system panel and see if they properly reinstall.

Last ditch effort would be to reinstall windows

Play around and see. From what I gather on the net once you see that error, usually you have to reinstall windows

If you can't access the floppy drive under dos something is really wrong, I would suggest resetting the cmos and seeing what happens.

Good Luck

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Ok I thought it was a broken floppy drive and apparently I was wrong
I used my floppy drive with a couple disk and it kept saying "Please insert disk"
so I figured maybe my floppy drive was broken so I went an bought a new one and now I see it does pretty much the same thing only this time I see a error that says
"A: is not accessible
No ID address mark was found on floppy disk"
on ever disk I've used
so I'm baffled what could it be
looking for help

A:Floppy Drive wont read a dam disk

Does the drive have a question mark against it in Device Manager? Does the BIOS recognise it? Floppy disks do degrade and are notoriously unreliable, so check one of yours in a known good floppy drive. You have opened up the Write Protect tab, I assume.

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Unable to access the CD-ROM drive or floppy disk in XP after booting, but if you place cd in before booting it works fine any ideas??

A:Unable to access the CD-ROM drive or floppy disk

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It allways starts out the same. When booting I get the diode light up and go back out, then an error (Floppy Disk(s) Fail (40) hit F1 to continue. I Have tried 4 other good FDDs two new FDD ribbons. Yes it is listed in MS-DOS Compatibility Mode. I have gone through the MS (Q131690) Troubleshooting Floppy Disk Drive Problems in Windows, procedures more than once. This is where I have to stop and ask why, because I'm stumped on this one. Anyone have any ideas as to what I might try next? Marturo

A:[SOLVED!!!] Floppy Disk drive troubles.

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I had a floppy drive laying around and I added it to the pc the drive has no disk and it's asking me to reformat the disk 0_o With or without the disk is the same thing...

Like the title says I am making a boot disk for w2k pro

A:Floppy disk drive (making a bootdisk)

floppies go bad. junk it.
clean or replace your drive too.

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The user's system has been functioning normally until Tuesday (08/17/04).

Now whenever she puts a floppy into her drive, it reads the first one normally (first one after last boot), but every disk afterwords shows the information from the first disk. She has checked the initial disks this happened with on another system & it read them normally. I had her shut down her system for a prolonged time & it's still doing it.

Is this possibly a virus, the floppy drive in the early stages of failing, or (hopefully) something simpler I'm just not thinking of.

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A:Floppy drive reading old disk info

Most likely the floppy drive isn't sensing that a new disk has been put in it. Try blowing out the drive with some air first and if that doesn't work try a different floppy drive. You can try reseating and replacing the floppy drive cable too.

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I am a computard and i was messing with stuff i shouldn't have been and i erased my floppy disk drive from existance. I was hoping someone would know how i can make my computer re-download it. thank you

A:accidental removal of floppy disk drive

Your description is a bit confusing.
- Is the floppy drive completely missing from the My Computer list?
- Did you accidentally erase all the files from a floppy disk and need to recover them?

What exactly does "messing with stuff" mean?

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