Floppy disk drive works with Win 10 Pro, won't book if disk in drive

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  1. Posts : 6,963
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       #11

    Dont forget o/s2 came on floppies but they nad them hold a lot more data
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  2. Posts : 1,178
    Windows 10 Pro
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       #12

    Paul Black said:
    Hello @x509,


    That is normal if the floppy drive [ USB port ] is higher than the OS drive in the Boot options!

    I hope this helps!
    It does, but honestly I just put together this new system. For a while I was having unexplained, random reboots. Not a BSOD, just random full on reboot. So I ran memtest and found I had some errors. It took two weeks to do the round trip on the RMA, and I'm just now running my desktop again. I want to give it a few weeks before I do any tweaking. :)

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    Lance1 said:
    Do you remember lo
    s those days...
    I remember once in 1985 I borrowed a UNIX install, either SCO or Microsoft, can't remember which. It came on 20 (!!) 5 1/4" HD disks. I don't miss any of that myself. Nothing like a DVD or online download.

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    Lance1 said:
    Can you imagine installing let's say Window 7 64 bit using 1.44 MB floppies! How many would it take to do the job?

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    My apologies. I kind of went off-topic.
    ROTFLMAO.
    Last edited by x509; 27 Jun 2020 at 21:38.
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  3. Posts : 1,249
    Windows 10 Pro
       #13

    I too found the behavior with booting from floppy disks odd when i first discovered it 20+ years ago.
    Any normally formatted floppy disk is designed to boot to 16 bit real mode DOS. The BIOS will recognize the disk as bootable and attempt to follow the instructions in the disks boot block. Of course in more recent times floppy disks don't usually contain the DOS files so the boot process will fail.

    In the early days when floppy disks were the primary mass storage this behavior was convenient. I suppose this behavior was maintained for compatibility reasons.
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  4. Posts : 16,130
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #14

    Hello @Lance1,

    Lance1 said:
    I just put this slideshow together.
    It's a continuation of that image. What do you think?
    Brilliant, very well put together, I have downloaded it as a keeper!
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  5. Posts : 812
    Windows 10 Professional x64 21H2
       #15

    Paul Black said:
    Hello @Lance1, Brilliant, very well put together, I have downloaded it as a keeper!
    Glade you liked it Paul. That Windows 98 into music always bring back memories for me. Enjoy!
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  6. Posts : 16,130
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #16

    Hello @Lance1,

    Lance1 said:
    Glade you liked it Paul. That Windows 98 into music always bring back memories for me. Enjoy!

    I have still got ISO's for Win 95, Win 98, Win XP etc.
    I also think I have got an ISO for Win 3.1 somewhere, how sad am I?
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  7. Posts : 12,460
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #17

    Paul Black said:
    Hello @Lance1,
    I have still got ISO's for Win 95, Win 98, Win XP etc.
    I also think I have got an ISO for Win 3.1 somewhere, how sad am I?
    I have copies of floppies from "back in the day" stored on an HDD but not .iso, created by a program called WinImage, makes exact copies for storing to use in creating replacement disks.
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  8. Posts : 812
    Windows 10 Professional x64 21H2
       #18

    Paul Black said:
    Hello @Lance1,



    I have still got ISO's for Win 95, Win 98, Win XP etc.
    I also think I have got an ISO for Win 3.1 somewhere, how sad am I?
    I also have ISO's for 95, 98 first edition and second edition and XP. I still have a running box with XP on it and I have 3.1 in a VM. I play with them all the time.
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  9. Posts : 16,130
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #19

    Lance1 said:
    I also have ISO's for 95, 98 first edition and second edition and XP. I still have a running box with XP on it and I have 3.1 in a VM. I play with them all the time.
    The good old days!
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  10. TV2
    Posts : 2,015
    W10 Pro 20H2
       #20

    I've still got my Windows 3.0 and 3.1 floppies, and of course, DOS 6.0.
    I used them when I installed virtual machines of those systems.
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