How do I get my external floppy drive to work?

July 4, 2018 at 14:01:22
Specs: Windows 10
I have an external floppy drive, plugged it into my new HP Notebook, but can't get my floppy disks to play.

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#1
July 4, 2018 at 14:32:24
Brand & model numbers are important. Is the floppy drive Win10 compatible? Did you install the drivers (if necessary)?

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#2
July 5, 2018 at 00:05:18
Are you sure the disks are still good?

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#3
July 5, 2018 at 02:01:14
I purchased an external (USB) floppy drive last year, and have
found that it doesn't read many of my floppy disks. I wonder if
the problem is with the disks going bad over time, or if the new
drive just doesn't have what is needed to read disks recorded
on a drive made by a different manufacturer 20 years ago.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#4
July 5, 2018 at 21:12:57
I have seen floppies not be readable on another computer almost right away so that is certainly possible as well as deterioration over time. If you or someone has an old desktop XP or older with a floppy drive, you can try in there to double check the disks if they contain anything still of value. If you get anything accessing then save to another drive immediately in case it is the last time you get in.
I think I remember that sometimes popping out the floppy and reinserting it sometimes helped read cranky ones so try that as well.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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