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Using 5.25 floppy with Windows XP

By Casemaker ·
Will Windows XP recognize old 5.25 floppy drives. I have them attached with the cable but they are not in my computer.

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by ctrservices In reply to Using 5.25 floppy with Wi ...

They are supported in XP http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;309623

However, according to the above URL, you can't format them without a third party driver in XP.

So, you might be able to read the drive (after you configure it in BIOS and save it), but not be able to format the drive.

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by TheChas In reply to Using 5.25 floppy with Wi ...

Does your BIOS recognize the drive?

You may need to enter BIOS setup and enable both the drive and the setting to report new floppy drives to Windows.

I admit, I don't have an XP system with a 5 1/4 floppy. But, a drive is a drive.
If the BIOS can recognize and properly identify the drive, Windows should see the drive.

Worst case, Windows should flag the drive with a ? or ! in device manager.

Chas

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Using 5.25 floppy with Windows XP

by rafael5582 In reply to Using 5.25 floppy with Wi ...

I have the XP home edition.
I simply right click on the START button at the far lower left hand corber of the screen, click on the EXPLORE option and, when my folder tree expands, I right click on 3? Flopp (A:). A box opens up and one of the options is "Format."
Ralph

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