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    Question Floppy (diskette) drive continually accessed

    I ran perfmon /report on my Win 7 machine and it reminded me of a problem I could not solve.

    I forget what caused it and think it was a mis-click when I was copying files, but my floppy drive A: (which is empty) is being continually accessed. It tries to access the drive over and over. Rebooting did not help. I eventually disabled the drive which is why perfmon gave me this message: Device is disabled. The Plug and Play ID for this device is FDC\GENERIC_FLOPPY_DRIVE\5-3045D05B-0-0

    Weeks later (today) I reenabled the drive and it started with the continual access until I disabled it again. Not that I use the drive much, but this should be fixable but I can't find a solution.

    Thanks!

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    Most likely an app is accessing the floppy all the time.
    What 3rd party apps do you have running?
    Does it do it when you start in safe mode?
    After a re-boot?

    cheers, Paul

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    Have you checked the Boot order in the BIOS.

    I have my laptops set to check the ODD before the HDD, so it works it's way through the list until it finds an OS to boot up.

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    Not an app and not boot order

    Quote Originally Posted by Sudo15 View Post
    Have you checked the Boot order in the BIOS.

    I have my laptops set to check the ODD before the HDD, so it works it's way through the list until it finds an OS to boot up.
    This started happening after some mis-clicked copy. I was not installing any programs. Yes, it happens after reboots. I did not change the boot order and would never set a diskette in front of anything else anyway.

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    Do you use MS Office?

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    Why do you ask if I use MS Office? I use Excel frequently and Word rarely.

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    Indexing may be including the floppy drive.

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    Thanks but that doesn't seem to be it. It's more like a copy\read\other operation failed but the computer doesn't know it and keeps trying.

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    Any errors in the Windows Event Logs related to the FDD?

    I would download and run Sysinternals Autoruns.

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...rnals/bb963902

    Enable the VirusTotal scan for each entry in Options > Scan Options
    Last edited by jwoods; 2015-06-09 at 16:16.

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    I don't see any related errors in Windows Event Log. And Autoruns found nothing. I do use that to check every once in a while.

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    Have you tried uninstalling the FDD from Device Manager and letting Windows detect and re-install it?

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    I did not try that. I was not sure if Windows would detect and reinstall it and find drivers, etc. without my intervention. If you think it will, it's worth a try and I will try it after I'm done my work. Should I re-enable the drive before uninstalling or do you think it does not matter?

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    Create a System Restore point before making any changes to your system.

    I would enable the FDD.

    I tested on a system I have that still has a FDD, and it silently re-installed the controller.

    Your mileage may vary.

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    Reinstall did not fix

    Quote Originally Posted by jwoods View Post
    Create a System Restore point before making any changes to your system.

    I would enable the FDD.

    I tested on a system I have that still has a FDD, and it silently re-installed the controller.

    Your mileage may vary.

    It was a great idea and all went well but the same thing is happening after the drive reinstalled... floppy drive light comes on while drive tries to read. Then it goes out. Repeat until disabled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TTTWSL View Post
    It was a great idea and all went well but the same thing is happening after the drive reinstalled... floppy drive light comes on while drive tries to read. Then it goes out. Repeat until disabled.
    Could be that the drive is dying...they are pretty inexpensive to replace.

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