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Non working floppy drive

By miklv ·
I decided to post a question after reading the article on non working floppy drives. Mine hasn't worked for some time and I can't figure out why. On boot up the drive lights up, but from then on it's as if it's not there. When I click on My Computer3? Floppy (A:) shows along with the other drives, but when I try to access it nothing happens. When I click on this to access it nothing happens other than the computer freezing for a couple minutes, then telling me A is not accessible & the device is not ready. I'm looking for suggestions.

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by dmiles In reply to Non working floppy drive

First Open the Control Panel,double-click the System icon and in the Device manager panel,locate the floppy drive controller and look for any yellow exclamation marks
Select floppy and click the properties and check to see if the device is working,
Highlight the floppy and then rebbot the machine to see if it is recognized as new hardware,reinstall
Check the cables on the floppy and if all else fails,Replace the floppy with a new one.

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by SyscoKid In reply to Non working floppy drive

It could very well be that the drive has gone bad, or the ribbon cable that attaches it to the motherboard/controller. They're very cheap and easy to replace.

PS. I assume you have a disk in the drive when you click on it in My Computer and it freezes and then says it's not accessible, right? Because if there's no disk in the drive, then this is normal behavior.

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by grbeckmeyer In reply to Non working floppy drive

First I would try to rule out a Windows/driver issue by trying to boot to a bootable system disk. If this works, your looking at a Windows issue, if it doesn't work then it is probably a hardware issue.
If you cannot boot to a disk, before buying a new drive I would check your Bios setup and verify that the drive is configured correctly, sounds like maybe its configured as a 5-1/4 drive instead of 3-1/2

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by TheChas In reply to Non working floppy drive

It could also be that the drive is just dirty.

When you remove a floppy, is it covered with dust?
If so, the drive might be to dirty to read the data.
In my opinion, it is not worth it to open up and clean a floppy drive. I can walk into the local PC stores, and walk out with a new drive for under $12.

Another possability is tape drive software interfearing with the floppy. Ditto tools was famous for this in many installations.

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by isys In reply to Non working floppy drive

First, look at the BIOS setting. It should show a 3?, 1.44 MB floppy drive A. Set the computer to boot from drive A, put a bootable disk in it and start it up.
When you click on the drive does the light come on? When it comes on during boot-up can you hear the spindle turning? Have you opened the case and looked to see if the ribbon cable is firmly attached at both ends?

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