The floppy disk is an obsolescent magnetic storage medium.

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What is Windowsoft?

I found an old floppy disc for Windows Forms Maker and on it it says the software requires "Microsoft® Windowsoft™ 3.1 and up." Was this just a typo, or is "Microsoft Windowsoft" a thing? It says it ...
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How To Change The Floppy Image Of Qemu?

I'm developing my own OS, but I'm having some problems with Qemu, because I need to change the floppy image from grub.img to os.img while the emulation is running, but how can I do this?
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What Linux fits on a floppy disk?

Which Linux distributions fit on a 1.44 MB bootable floppy disk? Where can the .img image files be downloaded?
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How to create a virtual floppy drive?

I am trying to install a program which requires me to have a floppy disk in my machine while the installation is going on. I found a program called Virtual Floppy Drive that allowed me to create the ...
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Can't open USB floppy drive

I have bought USB Floppy Drive but unable to use it. Windows says The reason why I think it may be programmatic reason, is that antivirus can test this disk and report number of files tested. ...
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Are (USB-)FDDs supported by Win 10?

Is it possible to use a (USB-)Floppy Disk Drive (3.5") with Windows 10? I have read in a magazine (I think it was c't 14/15, but I'm not sure) that Win 10 would no longer support FDDs (maybe ...
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Floppy disk makes noise when refreshing my computer

When I refresh my computer, or each time I navigate from local disks back to my computer, my floppy disk driver makes a loud noise, and its green led blinks. I'd like to stop it from making noise, ...
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How to clone a floppy boot disk to a hard drive and make it bootable?

I'm trying to preserve some old bootable floppy disk by trying to clone it to a hard drive (disk C:) to run on the same hardware. (Important note: The hardware shall remain the same. I cannot use a VM ...
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Can a magnet be used to fix an “unformattable” floppy disk?

Sometimes a floppy disk (or other magnetic media like it) won’t read or write properly. Specifically, a format won’t work an gives various errors such as Unable to write track 0 or opening the disk in ...
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What is the exact meaning of an “IBM formatted” floppy disk?

I have often come across floppy disks in the past that were marketed as “IBM Formatted Floppy.” What exactly is the meaning of “IBM formatted” and what is the significance of it? And if I format ...
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Does the media of 3 1/2 DD floppies have to be physically different from HD media?

Back in the olden days, like 1995, classmates used to buy cheaper DD floppies and drill holes into them to use them as HD floppies (the 3 1/2 floppy had a hole in one of the corners to allow the drive ...
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Why would Windows 7 suddenly show it has a floppy drive that it doesn't have?

All of a sudden my Windows 7 machine shows it has a Floppy Disk Drive (A:) although the machine physically doesn't have a floppy drive and never has. What is the reason for this and how can I remove ...
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Reading old 5.25" floppies

Summary: Having problems reading some old 5.25" floppies. Looking for advice on what else I can try before declaring the disks un-retrievable and giving-up. Details: I recently found a box of old 5....
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How can I copy a file from a modern machine to a “vintage” Macintosh?

My son is working on a school project, the subject is the history of Mac computers. He’s writing a paper but has to create a visual display too. I suggested displaying his paper live in MacWrite on ...
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Y-E DATA PC Card Floppy Disk Drive (FlashBuster®/FlashBuster-U) is not working with Ubuntu kernel

Y-E DATA PC Card Floppy Disk Drive (FlashBuster®/FlashBuster-U) is apparently not working with—the latest—Ubuntu kernel. This floppy disk in it is Atari formatted. I just get these buffer IO errors. ...
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Are my 5.25" floppies dead?

I have a number of 5.25" floppies for the BBC Micro which haven't been used since the 90s. I recently got my BBC Micro and Watford Electronics floppy drive down from the loft/attic, set it up and ...
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How to tell double-density vs. high-density in 5.25" floppies?

I recently found a box of old 5.25" floppies. Is there a way to tell the double-density (360K) 5.25" ones from the high-density (1.2M) ones when the disks do not have any markings? It looks like the ...
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Floppy Disk to ??? Controller

I have a motherboard which has: SATA IDE Internal USB headers I need to attach a floppy disk drive, but there is no onboard floppy disk controller. I've looked for the following: Internal USB ...
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How to Fix Virtual Floppy Drive Windows 7 64bit

I am following the OSDev tutorial over at brokenthorn, and a part of it is creating a virtual floppy drive using vfdwin.exe. I downloaded it from the sourceforge page, and while there is another ...
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How could I turn a floppy disk into a smartcard?

I'm a fan of old technology such as the floppy diskette and I would like to find a 21st century use for it. So my question is; with the smartcard technology we have to day, such as Charismathics and ...
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What files are needed for a bootable DOS floppy disk?

I just made a bootable DOS floppy disk in Windows Vista, but the files are taking too much space. I need more space to store a flash utility program and a ROM file. What files can I safely remove and ...
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Using nonstandard formats with a USB floppy drive?

I was given a USB floppy drive, and it works beautifully. Linux Mint detects it as a Mitsumi FDD 061M, although the case and packaging are no-brand. (Counterfeit?) It realiably reads and writes 1.44MB ...
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How to split a file on a floppy disk without installing any software in DOS?

I want to split a 2.6 MB file on a floppy disk. Is there a way that I can use a DOS command to help me in a pure dos environment. (no applications are allowed to install)
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How do I burn .img files onto floppy disk?

I want to "burn" 3 DOS 6.22 floppy disks. I have 3 .img files but I can't "burn" these .img files onto a floppy. I get the message that the file is too big for the target. What tool can I use (I used ...
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3.5" FDD to SATA / USB

Motherboards these days don't tend to have floppy cable/bus pins. It's a bit "old hat" I suppose. I have such a motherboard, but would like to connect an internal floppy drive to it. It's the sort of ...
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Recover a File that is Corrupted

I copied a file from a floppy disk to my hard drive. It is an excel spreadsheet. In the spreadsheet there are alot of funny looking symbols that I cannot read. Some information is readable but most is ...
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Installing Ye Olde DOOM on DOS with Ye Olde Floppy Discs

I'm trying to install DOOM (the shareware version) on my old Compaq running Windows 3.11. I've got the files deice.exe dooms_19.1 dooms_19.2 dooms_19.dat install.bat all downloaded and I have a ...
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How to create bootable floppy disk images (.img)

I am thinking of creating my own OS. I downloaded bochs for a test machine, and now I need a 'floppy' to boot from (it boots from .img files). I need a way to create bootable disk images. I have ...
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Restoring ancient zip file spanning floppy disks: pkzipfix equivalents?

I'm about to attempt something odd, and before I wasted time going down the wrong paths, I thought I'd see if anyone here has done this before. I have a zip file created in DOS (in 1997?) with pkzip ...
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Install C++ compiler on old MS-DOS computer with floppies

I have an old MS-DOS computer that I am experimenting with. The computer has an AMD 80386 processor, 1664 KB of RAM, a 50 MB hard drive, and two floppy disk drives: one 3 1/2 inch, the other 5 1/4 ...
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Read (repair) data from broken floppy disc on a linux system

How can i read an old floppy disk under Linux that has some problematic sectors? In times of DOS people used magic tools like Norton Disk Doctor and others. Some of these tools read the broken part ...
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What is the little twist in this floppy ribbon cable for?

There is a twist of a few lines in this floppy cable. Why? What is the purpose of it?
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How do I install a 3.5" floppy on a new motherboard?

I'm trying to install a floppy drive in my new desktop. I don't know much about IDE connections/cables but it seems there are multiple types. I've seen some with pins in the middle taken out and ...
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Skip Searching For Floppy (Drive A: ) When Restoring Norton Ghost Image?

I am trying to restore a Norton Ghost image of Windows XP, but at some point, it searches for every drive (A,B,C,D,..). I don't have a floppy(A:) in my PC anymore, but on the screen is a command ...
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Removing floppy drive icon from My computer and send to menu

I don't have a floppy drive and still my computer shows floppy drive in My computer as well as in Send To menu [Right click - >send to-> Desktop or Floppy drive] So how do I remove or hide this ...
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How to go about accessing old filetypes?

I was recently given a floppy drive with a bunch of files on it from the early 1990s and was instructed to get access all the data. Unfortunately, these filetypes cannot be accessed by modern ...
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Can a Double-Density Floppy drive be swapped out for a High-Density drive?

I'm trying to fix the floppy drive in my Roland MC-500. The floppy drive inside is a Matsushita DDF3-1 which doesn't seem to be in production anymore. The DDF3-2 is still available, however it is an ...
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Mount floppy disk image (*.img) as virtual floppy drive

Title says it all. I am looking for some software that will allow me to mount a floppy disk image (*.img) as a virtual floppy drive...similar I suppose to mounting an ISO image to a virtual optical ...
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Convert floppy image from 1,44 mb to 720 k

The other day I found an old floppy from the 80's. I inserted it in my USB floppy drive and I got a message from Microsoft security essentials that the disk was infected by a boot virus. I supposed ...
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Floppy Drive clicking problem

After installing drivers for samsung phone ("Kies" from samsung vebsite), the floppy drive started to clicking when windows is on. This is not my computer. So what can be the problem?
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How can I use my 3.5” disk drive without having to insert a floppy in my 5.25” drive as well?

I have some troubles to correctly install a 5.25" floppy drive in a old (1999) computer. The drives are set this way: A: 3.5" floppy @ 1.44 MB B: 5.25" floppy @ 1.2 MB (Panasonic JU-475-2) C: 30 GB ...
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5.25 Floppy Disk Formatting

I'm having this debate with a friend who is looking for a box of single-sided, single-density 5.25 floppy disks on eBay for one of his old computers. I told him he could buy any 5.25 floppy disks he ...
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Formatting a 5.25" floppy disk

So after the massive trouble of finding a 5.25" floppy drive and a connecting it up, then changing the BIOS so it's set as my A: drive, I tried to format a couple of high-density 1.2MB floppy disks ...
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Combining several boot floppy disks into one HD floppy

I have a bit of an obsession with old operating systems, and while teaching myself to use UNIX and about operating systems I came across Minix 1.1. I want to install this on an old Dell setup, and ...
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Installing 2 floppies on the same controller

Since the Pentium (the first ones) era all the motherboard I've used only had one floppy I/O controller (and two IDE controllers and lately 2-8 SATA). I'm currently building a vintage PC and I want ...
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Service for retrieving data from old Macintosh floppies

I have a bunch of old Mac floppies, from whatever System was common in 1995. I've been wanting to get this data off of these floppies for some time but feet dragging has led to the current state ...
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Install Linux on this Computer

I have an old desktop computer which I am trying to install Linux to. It looks Dell-ish to me. So far I have tried Linux LiveDVD (I have no LiveCDs) and the computer only has a CD drive. The BIOS is ...
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How do I connect a 5 1/4" floppy drive to a modern PC?

This question was originally posted on Gaming Stack Exchange. I have a small collection of 5 1/4" floppy disks (early Sierra games) that I am trying to read. How can I connect a drive that accepts ...
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Old Technologies About Floppy

I have a floppy disk with an unknown FS-(FileSystem). I want to make a copy from it but I can't because both Windows and Linux seem to be unable to read from it. I tried many of the most popular apps ...
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How to start DOS on a PC with just HDD (no FDD/CD/USB drives)

Would making a first partition (which FAT?) of 1,44 MB with a bootable image of DOS start the system on a laptop's HDD? or in other words Can one start a laptop without FDD/CD/USB with just ...