can floppys work with windows 7

November 22, 2010 at 03:29:40
Specs: Windows 7
Seems to be pros & cons on whether floppys can be used with windows 7...Hopefully a true and correct answer can be found....

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#1
November 22, 2010 at 03:33:59
I think it will work but windows 7 automatically disables it.

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#2
November 22, 2010 at 05:13:28
In my last 2 builds I put floppy drives, the first because I had one, on the second one it was very cheap and I thought it might one day prove useful. I have loaded the drivers and I believed that it should work, but I never tried it. I just looked for any disk I might have either blank or with something usable on it, I have no blanks and the only disks I have are a Memtest utility 32bit and some old driver disks (Xp and Pre XP) that I won't put in with my W7 64bit (I don't want to accidentally try installing one of these and mess things up). Sorry, but I guess that isn't helping you much.
You might need to check the settings in your BIOS to make sure it is active on some newer boards though.

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If all else fails, read instructions.


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#3
November 22, 2010 at 06:46:35
If your hardware (motherboard) supports one or more floppy drives then Windows 7 can access them.

I am using Windows 7 ultimate and occasionally do use floppy disks. There may be some issues when attempting to access a disk written by an earlier version of Windows.


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#4
November 22, 2010 at 08:22:48
uh, Floppy Disks are Kinda a thing of the past...I've been into computers since like 1991 (I was born in 1985), & my father who is 30.5-Years older then me, has been into computers since long before me, he had Apple 2's before I was born, he has a Commodore Vic 20, a Commodore 64, I guess one of the ways it started, is because his mother owned a teletype machine (or something like that...I'll ask him next time I talk to him) & I'm 25 years-old now as I lay here, laying on my bed, after just waking up at around 11am (I work Nights), typing this response on my Toshiba Satellite Laptop, which is on my chest...I can feel the built-in card reader which has several different sided slots for different memory cards...Also, it's so simple to burn (write) on CD's & DVD's...which are both able to hold SO MUCH MORE INFORMATION...as can a USB flash drive...sorry to tell ya...8-inch, 5¼-inch (that's what the Apple 2's used), 3½-inch Floppy Disks are a thing of the past...

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#5
November 22, 2010 at 11:33:47
I am running Windows 7 Ultimate. I installed my old floppy
drive into my my new computer and all my floppies of photos
taken many years ago, with a Sony camera, open and load
with no problems. From my view point the answer is YES.

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#6
November 22, 2010 at 13:14:13
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/co...

Yes they work and no they are not disabled by default if no floppy is in the drive the drive will be hidden from the my computer just like usb flash drives are not shown unless mounted.

Why do you think they can't work?

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#7
November 22, 2010 at 14:42:38
Yes floppies work with windows 7. I just did an install at a nurses billing station (they had an Old XP PC that was replaced by windows premium 64 bit with no onboard floppy) and they still had lots of client data on floppies so I just picked up a USB floppy drive, plugged it in, windows loaded it up instantly and they were off to the races. Of course, I did mention they could save the data to thumb drives but they were set in their ways...

I really do wonder why people who have never tried something leave comments about something they know nothing of...it boggles my mind.

I also did some upgrades on older PC's with floppy drives. They were fresh installs from XP to windows 7 as that could not be upgraded. The floppy drives worked great. Go figure!

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#8
November 22, 2010 at 14:57:11
Floppy disks are still the preferred method of flashing the BIOS. Or supplying SATA drivers when installing WinXP.

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