Windows 7 External USB Floppy Drive Issue

Toshiba / Satellite l305d
December 29, 2010 at 23:52:43
Specs: Windows 7, 2.1 GHz / 4GB
I recently purchased a USB External Floppy Disk Drive. My system runs Windows 7 32-bit. When I try to format a disk, it keeps saying "Windows cannot complete the format." Please don't tell me to switch to USB Flash Drives, because I have 7 already. I checked the drive on another computer (running Windows XP SP3), and everything checked out. I can't even read disks on this system. Device Manager doesn't say anything about the device. I have disabled and re-enabled the drive. I have uninstalled the drive, and reinstalled it. The USB Port is fine. What should I do about this?

My laptop specs:
Toshiba Satellite L305D-S5974
AMD Sempron 2200 (2.1GHz)
ATI Radeon 3100 Graphics
ATI SB600 Audio
500GB SATA II Hitachi HDD

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December 30, 2010 at 04:33:47
I am not going to tell you to switch to flash drives. I will ask what you are using the flash drives for and the intended use of the floppy drive?

Both of those types of media are not very reliable.

If you are storing the only copy of a file on either you are asking for trouble. For that matter, maintaining ONLY one copy of important files anywhere is risky. You should always maintain at least TWO copies of any files you wish to keep.

I recommend you switch over to optical disks for an archive copy. If your hard drive in the laptop is too small to keep the original then use an external hard drive or use an off site service.

Your laptop specs show a 250GB internal hard drive. Is that getting full?

Does the external floppy drive require an AC power connection?

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