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December 13, 2005, 3:05 pm
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Re: floppy drive
If you mean having it appear as A or B, that should be automatic.
It's defined by the wiring to the connector (the end connector is
wired to be A, the middle as B).
You don't need to install any software to get it to work if it's a
basic old fashioned floppy drive.
A & B are specially reserved for floppy drives. Unless you've
modified the system to exclude showing A or B, they should show up
automatically on reboot if you've connected up the controller cable
and the power cable. Modifications might be in the BIOS where you can
usually enable or disable the floppy drive controller and the boot
order. It can also be in the drive management, where you can exclude
specific drive letters from being used. Since floppy drives are hard
wired for A and B, they won't get remapped, and thus won't show up.
There are probably other ways, but I use the TweakUI powertoy
(downloaded from the MS site) for this sort of thing.
Occasionally, some models of USB pen/memory drive will get mapped to
that and annoyingly, XP seems to preferentially map some models
specifically to A, which can be a pain if you're trying to add a real
floppy drive. Apparently, this doesn't happen with all models, as
some avoid the floppy letters altogether, while others favor them
because it lets you boot from the pen drive as a pseudo-floppy.
Unlike the floppy drive, the drive letter for the pen drive isn't hard
wired, so just pull the pen drive, and reboot with the floppy. It
will then be given A. In my case, when I plugged the pen drive back
in, it was assigned G: (after my optical drives). Why it wasn't
assigned B (floppy 01), I've no idea, as it wasn't in use and I didn't
disable it. No biggie.
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