Cannot get the floppy disc to open

July 29, 2018 at 15:28:56
Specs: Windows Vista

Inspiron 5305

How do I open the floppy disc drive next to the CD drive. I have not used in quite some time.


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#1
July 29, 2018 at 16:06:09
Is it showing in the bios settings (setup)?

Does it show in device manager?

Are you sure it has the power cable still attached to it; likewise the ribbon cable to the motherboard?

And then there's from a while back - which may be the answer you need...

https://www.computing.net/answers/w...


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#2
July 29, 2018 at 16:14:14
Do you mean 530S? All you have to do is put a disk in the drive then go to Start > Computer & access the floppy from there.

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#3
July 29, 2018 at 16:42:19

Yes 530S---You open the little silver door---and I thought I used to press a little eject button
and it opened to place the floppy disc? Thank you

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#4
July 30, 2018 at 10:58:21
Uhm, an eject button is used to eject the disk. If there's no disk in the drive, the eject button won't do anything. The floppy disk itself it just inserted & pushed inward until it clicks in place.

Inserting a floppy disc into the disc drive of a personal computer


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#5
July 31, 2018 at 13:42:21
Yes, it doesn't have a drawer like a CD/DVD drive - nothing opens.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#6
July 31, 2018 at 20:15:02
That confused me, too, after I hadn't used a floppy disk for
a couple of years. But I figured it out after feeling the lack
of resistance when I pushed the button.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#7
July 31, 2018 at 23:48:00
https://www.dell.com/support/home/u...

Is the manual for the 530s.

The second bay can be used for assorted optional drives; and likely has the cover in place for whichever drive is installed.

I have seen such an arrangement in the past, where a floppy drive was accessed behind a door which was opened to reveal the floppy unit.

Whether or not there is a door over the floppy unit makes no difference to using the unit, One simply pushes the floppy disk in until it clicks home (as per rider) and ejected by pressing the rectangular button to eject the disk.


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