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The floppy disk is an obsolescent magnetic storage medium.

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Can you partition a floppy disk?

I read somewhere that floppy disks cannot be partitioned with most modern computer software tools. However, can't a floppy disk simply be viewed as an array of bytes like other magnetic storage ...
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USB Floppy Drive does not stop running and Windows 7 showes stuff, that should not be on the disc

My problem is a tough one. I have a USB Floppy Drive (I can plug my floppy drive via USB into my Computer (Win7)), which should read the floppy discs correctly, but sometimes, wenn I press on that ...
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How to boot and read a Windows 9X BootCD from a 2TB SCSI/NVME SSD?

Edit: First I want to apologize that I thought it was SCSI, that's what the Device manager details told me. I tried to boot both a Windows 98 SE and a (patched) Windows ME Boot Disk equipped SSD and ...
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How to disable USB floppy disk caching on Windows 10?

A few seconds after connecting a USB floppy disk drive to a Windows 10 computer, the whole disk is read to cache (making every file readable without additional physical reading). Is it possible to ...
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How to get Win 9X OEMSetup working from same C:\ USB stick as the Boot Disk

I got Windows ME Boot Disk to run on a USB-Stick just like Win98 Boot Disk can by using a hex editor and changing 2 hex values from 75 to EB because WinME BOOTCD DOS'ability to install on hard-drive's ...
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Why fdisk adds half kibibyte sometimes?

I'm trying to partition a 1440 KiB floppy disk image using fdisk (util-linux, v2.31.1). However, the tool is seemingly adding a 512-byte sector, no matter what units I use, and I can't tell why. ...
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libvirt/libxl: Attempting to attach a virtual floppy disk is met with failure

The problem is, I am attempting to attach a pool of floppy disks for installation of MS-DOS in a VM (for some old games that cannot run full speed on modern hw), but when doing so that is met with ...
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5.25 Through Parallel Through USB

I have managed to find an old external parallel 5.25" Drive, I have connected this up with a USB to Parallel cable. The cable is detected fine in Linux. I could spend hours browsing the web and or ...
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USB Flash Drive shows 0 byte of 1.38 and nothing is in the USB drive

My flash drive become empty and shows empty, yas, nothing. yesterday it worked fine but now it shows like a floppy and shows "0 bytes free of 1.38 MB" and "This folder is empty." my laptop still ...
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Maxiumum recovery of data from old floppy discs with padded bad sectors and multiple passes

I've a collection of old 3.5" floppy disks that I'm looking to recover as much data as possible from. The issue is due to the structure of some of the files, I need the length of all the files to be ...
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Windows 10 reporting 'parameter is incorrect' with USB internal floppy drive

I purchased a Sony internal 3.5 inch floppy drive (34 pin internally FDD interface). I also got a BYTECC BT-146 reader with its FDD connector. The goal was to connect both via one of the cheap 34 pin ...
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Reading old floppy disks / Fujitsu UF0002 Rev A USB drive?

Trying to pull some old data off of floppies, but having no luck. I only have a couple of Windows 10 and a Mac OS X computer available at the moment. I do have 2 of these Fujitsu UF0002 USB 3.5" ...
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Floppy drive for both 3.5 and 5.25 [closed]

The title is the question, I want to know if there is a floppy drive that can take, read, and write to both a 5.25 and 3.5 floppy disks.
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Create a bootable virtual floppy disk image on linux, from a binary file

I am trying to create a bootable floppy disk image (.img) for a very old version of Debian. I hope to run it on virtual-box. i have succeeded in creating a .img and mounting it on /media/floppy as a ...
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Cracking ZIP password from spanned volume

On October 10, 1997, I tried to free up some space on my hard-drive by off-loading them to floppy disks. I tried to reduce the number of disks required by using PKZIP to compress them. For some reason,...
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Windows 7 fails to see Super Disk drive

Windows 7 x64 fails to see my internal IDE Super Disk drive, but Lubuntu 18.04 x64 does see it. I know it's not the IDE interface or cable that's the problem because it will detect a slave IDE HDD ...
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Why does Virtual Box VMs add a Floppy Drive by default

Whenever I create a new VM, a floppy drive is added by default. I don't think I've ever needed to use a virtual floppy drive. Seeing that there have been hypervisor vulnerabilities that exploit ...
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How to use virtual floppy drive on windows 10 64 bit?

I want to install images of 1.44 floppy disks. These images come with a program called vfd. The install with vfd.exe install works fine. The required vfd.exe starts aborts with the message ...
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imgmount in dosbox says “can't create drive from file” to .img created with dd

Background: I want to backup old floppy disks (as images) and then be able to mount them in dosbox later. What I did: I'm running Linux Mint. I add an external 3,5" floppy drive (USB) I dump an ...
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How to Reformat a Floppy disk originally formatted under Linux? [closed]

I am running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit. I have tried reformatting the disk through both the GUI and CMD, and have had no luck with either. Both times, I get an error that basically says it cannot ...
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Error 0x800706F9 when trying to copy files off floppy disk

I have some old files on 3.5" floppy disks (probably written on Windows 2000 or XP) that I need to copy over to my Windows 10 hard drive. Some of the files are MS Office documents, some pictures, and ...
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How to(Libvirt) attach floppy image device to guest VM?

Say, I have floppy.vfd image. How should I fill my xml file in order to attach floppy image? I have template like <disk type='*' device='*'> <device name='*' type='*'/> <...
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Floppy Drive Power Input

I would like to power a floppy drive without using a PSU out of a computer, and power it off something like batteries or a bench power supply, I know that the red wire is 5v and the black is ground ...
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Format a floppy disk image

I have a machine with a floppy drive, from which it loads its 'Master', basically it's OS, every-time the machine restarts. I have more than one type, and the one I use most frequently has died. I ...
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Converting Hard Drive from FDD to HDD mode without loss data

My hard drive cannot be partitioned. In DiskGenius my disk is shown as FDD (floppy disk). Is there a method to convert FDD mode to HDD mode without loss of partitions and data? DiskGenius has such ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 USB ...
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Why can't computer detect the lack of floppy drive?

I have a question that I had been wondering about ever since my first OS freeze due to an attempt to read a floppy from a drive that doesn't exist. Why do operating systems even try that? Isn't it ...
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Floppy Drive Connector to CF Card Reader with USB Port

I bought an old floppy drive from a local market and just realized that my board isn't compatible. And I'm wondering, will it work if I connect my floppy drive to a cf card reader which has same ...
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How to copy a floppy boot disk?

I have a floppy boot disk and I would like to copy it to preserve it, as a backup. If I have two floppy drives, A and B, how can I copy the disk? Assuming one has two floppy drives Can I simply ...
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Why is Google Chrome trying to access my FDD?

Every time I start Google Chrome it tries to access my floppy disk drive (FDD). I know that because I can hear it scanning for a floppy disk. So if I close Chrome and then start it again I can hear ...
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DD: No Space Left On Device

I've been messing with an old Brother WP-2200 and I've hit a bit of a snag. I was hoping I would be able to make images out of the floppies I typed on it using dd under Linux. Unfortunately that ...
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Every time I start Google Chrome, my floppy disk accesses

When I start google chrome (not any other application) my "A" drive/floppy access light comes on and it makes a sound like it's trying to read a disk. It's perplexing, and I'd like to figure out why ...
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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 ...