External USB drive won't work on new laptop

Teac Floppy drive
December 18, 2010 at 06:13:20
Specs: Windows 7
Purchased a new HP pavillion just a few months ago with windows 7 on it. purchased a floppy disc reader that you can attach externally through usb port, as needed, a TEAC brand plug in device that came with a very small disc that installed the software, just fine. I USED the device without problems when I first got it, THEN windows forced all of it's tons of updates over the last few weeks, and I also disconnected the external floppy disc reader, as well as the portable printer, in order to carry the laptop to another room a few times. I didn't do that much, I mostly keep the laptop in ONE location, undisturbed! Anyway, NOW the floppy disc reader refuses to read my photos from the floppies. I must say, I rely on my OLD sony mavica for photography, as I LOVE it dearly, it takes magnificent 10x photography for selling antiques and I can photograph jewelry markings in fine details with it, have done so for YEARS. I am very disappointed that I can't use this floppy drive now, unless there is some kind of "fix" I can download? Is there one on firefox or something? The message I keep getting, is "the floppy disc must be re-formatted, and cannot be used".

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December 19, 2010 at 15:25:13
I would guess you may have improperly removed the USB floppy drive. If the drive was still writing to the disk then it may have been corrupted. You should always use the safely remove icon int the tray by the clock to remove any USB storage media.

I am not sure if this will work on a floppy disk or not but you can try recovering the files on the floppy using recuva. If that doesn't work you could try repairing it with testdisk.

Get both programs at the links below.



Could simply be the floppy disk is tired. They only go for so many cycles. Floppies are also easily damaged by stray magnetic sources.

If you don't need to recover any files why not just try formatting the floppy disk or using a different floppy disk.

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December 20, 2010 at 05:36:47
Try another disk to see if the drive is recognized properly, if not then try plugging it in when the computer is off and starting it, it might be recognized then, If the drive is recognized and reads/writes to another disk then the disk itself has the problem (as above). You should always keep another copy of any file that is important, either on the laptop or get yourself an external hard drive to back up all of your photos and personal files. Before flash drives and portable hard drives, floppies were mainly used (in recent years anyway) for back up and transporting files between locations and computers (those not networked), most recognized that they were not reliable enough to keep as the only copy. Even your computer's hard drive is not really safe enough as a sole copy if the file is really important.

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December 20, 2010 at 09:12:00
The message I keep getting, is "the floppy disc must be re-formatted, and cannot be used".

Try running the floppy in administrator mode and then run it in the compatibility mode

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December 20, 2010 at 13:21:05
I posted two programs to help you with that. After you recover any needed files just format the disk and be done with it.

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June 22, 2011 at 16:43:17
This appears to be a class problem with the USB floppy drive as you don't have an
eject anymore with the drivers provided. Also you may have to completely remove
the USB floppy using the Tray icon to do this and then pull out the cable and then
re-insert for the floppy to be recognized again as the Microsoft people no longer
think in terms of floppies. I have 100+ left and from time to time need to access
them for whatever reason. Once I got my Teac external floppy I copied everything
during the dying days of Windows XP to CD and external drives. If the removal and reinstall is the solution this is Microsoft at its dumbest as I see it! Take a look on
the Internet there are numerous post for this issue-answer is unresolved and for
the harware sellers buy an external disk and then what the contents is still in the

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