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    Floppy Drive Gone Walkies

    My computer no longer 'sees' my floppy drive. All was well until today when I tried to save a file on to a floppy disk. Even the 'Open' dialogue in Word shows no reference to it.
    Anyone got any ideas?
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    Re: Floppy Drive Gone Walkies

    Hi Rob

    It is possible the Windows driver has become corrupt. Windows: Finding the Missing Floppy Drive is a pdf file that shows a way to correct this. The screenshots and the method to correct it may differ slightly depending on the operating system you have.

    Another possibility is the floppy drive itself is broken and may need replacing.

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    Re: Floppy Drive Gone Walkies

    Thanks for the reply, Tony. I have already tried the suggestion from the pdf file. Device Manager reports that the device is working.
    I'll try a reboot and report back.
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    Re: Floppy Drive Gone Walkies

    A reboot did not help. I ran the troubleshooter, but no avail. <img src=/S/groan.gif border=0 alt=groan width=16 height=15>
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    Re: Floppy Drive Gone Walkies

    Last time I saw these symptoms the drive belt had fallen off, so the floppy wasn't spinning. Modern floppy drives are very poorly manufactured and tend to break down if you sneeze near them - try replacing it with a new one for about $10

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    Re: Floppy Drive Gone Walkies

    Thanks for that, Stuart. In my case, more like if I snooze near one. Did you mean the drive or the belt for $10 and would
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    Re: Floppy Drive Gone Walkies

    This one is a long shot, but if you use Tweak UI for Windows XP or Tweak UI 1.33 for other Windows versions, in the My Computer section it has a list of accessible drives, make sure Drive A is selected.

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    Re: Floppy Drive Gone Walkies

    I've dl'd TweakUI and There is a red ? over drive letter A, so it does look as though it's gone for a burton.
    Thanks for your help.
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    Re: Floppy Drive Gone Walkies

    A quick google shows a floppy drive for less than

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    Re: Floppy Drive Gone Walkies

    I will replace it at some stage, perhaps. I rarely use it these days.
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    Re: Floppy Drive Gone Walkies

    If I were going to replace an old floppy drive, I'd probably get one that includes various flavours of card reader as well as a floppy drive in the same 3.5" slot. Here's one for

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    Re: Floppy Drive Gone Walkies

    Many thanks for your time, Stuart. I ordered one immediately.
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    Re: Floppy Drive Gone Walkies

    StuartR,

    >> If I were going to replace an old floppy drive, I'd probably get one that includes various flavours of card reader as well as a floppy drive in the same 3.5" slot. <<

    I take it one of these requires both a floppy drive internal connector AND an internal USB connector?

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    Re: Floppy Drive Gone Walkies

    It certainly looks that way from the spec, but 3.5" slots are in short supply on most cases and this seems like an effective use of one.

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    Re: Floppy Drive Gone Walkies

    StuartR,

    >> It certainly looks that way from the spec, but 3.5" slots are in short supply on most cases and this seems like an effective use of one. <<

    Looks like that TEAC is only available in Europe. Have you seen a comparable unit by someone else?

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