How to turn a floppy disk into an external drive

Most computers produced today do not come with internal floppy drives. What do you do if you have all your data on floppy disks and there is no way to use it? Creating an external floppy drive from an older internal drive is a great solution. Creating these drives not only gives you access to your floppy disks, it also helps to reduce waste when you reuse old parts. Things You’ll Need
Floppy Drive
External Floppy Drive Enclosure
Set-up Floppy Disk or Blank Disk
USB Cable
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buy an external floppy case. Many computer and electronics specialty stores carry these boxes, such as Fry and Tiger Direct. The cabinet is not the unit itself, it is simply a case for holding the unit. Most of these cases will have 34-pin to USB converters included. If the converter is not included, 34-pin to USB cables are also available.

Remove the floppy drive from the old computer. To do this unscrew the case and locate the floppy drive. Remove all connecting wires and screws holding the drive in. The drive will slide out of the slot once all screws have been removed.

Open the floppy drive case and insert the drive into the case. The unit will connect to the converter in the enclosure or the box will have an opening to connect a cable to the unit. Close the case and case screw together.

Connect the USB cable to the external floppy drive and to the new computer, then power on the drive. There is an on/off switch located at the rear of most of these compartments. A power cord can also be used to power the unit. Some drives are powered via the USB connection, but some are not.

Run the drive setup diskette to configure drivers or download drivers from the Internet. You can open Control Panel and add new hardware or wait for the computer to recognize the new drive. If you don’t have a set-up disk with the drivers, go to the manufacturer’s website and find the drivers. Download the drivers and save them to a floppy disk. This will allow you to configure the floppy on different computers as needed. Different operating systems may require different drivers. More than one set-up disk may be required.

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