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

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


    The other day, we found some old floppy disks way back in one of our closets. I still have the drive-bay floppy disk drive I kept from a really old Dell laptop, long since gone. This drive could also work with USB. Lucky for me, because my new ASUS ROG X570 motherboard does not have a floppy drive cable header. (And no more IDE cable headers either.)

    So most but not all of the 30+ floppy disk were still readable. Imagine that. But, File Explorer didn't pick up the file dates. However, Beyond Compare did, so I was able to keep the newest files. Some of these files were actually interesting, like 25 or more years later.

    Really weird, when I had to reboot my system, but forgot to remove the disk from the floppy drive. The system refused to boot up until after I removed the disk.
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    Windows 10 Professional x64 21H2
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    When I was a tech in the field many years ago a customers would call in saying that their computer wouldn't boot. And a lot of the time that was the problem. I believe the error was "Disk Boot Failure - Insert System Disk And Press Enter" Very common back in the day.
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    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
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    Hello @x509,

    x509 said:
    Really weird, when I had to reboot my system, but forgot to remove the disk from the floppy drive. The system refused to boot up until after I removed the disk.
    That is normal if the floppy drive [ USB port ] is higher than the OS drive in the Boot options!

    I hope this helps!
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  4. Posts : 812
    Windows 10 Professional x64 21H2
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    Do you remember loading Windows from floppies? OMG.... I do not miss those days...
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  5. Posts : 16,132
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
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    Hello @Lance1,

    Lance1 said:
    Do you remember loading Windows from floppies? OMG.... I do not miss those days...
    I have still got some for prosperity sake!
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  6. Posts : 812
    Windows 10 Professional x64 21H2
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    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.
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    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
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    Great picture @Lance1.
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    Windows 10 Professional x64 21H2
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    I just put this slideshow together. It's a continuation of that image. What do you think? The sound track should bring up some ghosts. If someone feels that I'm hijacking this post please say so...

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    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
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    Paul Black said:
    Hello @Lance1,



    I have still got some for prosperity sake!
    Me, too, MS-DOS 6.xx and Windows 3.11, never know when they'll come in handy. I still have a computer with an internal floppy drive, an internal 250MB ZIP drive plus a couple of USB floppy drives and a USB 250MB ZIP drive. If absolutely necessary could install a combination 3.5"/5.25" drive. The biggest problem is having a motherboard port and a BIOS that supports the drives.
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    Windows 10 Professional x64 21H2
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    Berton said:
    Me, too, MS-DOS 6.xx and Windows 3.11, never know when they'll come in handy. I still have a computer with an internal floppy drive, an internal 250MB ZIP drive plus a couple of USB floppy drives and a USB 250MB ZIP drive. If absolutely necessary could install a combination 3.5"/5.25" drive. The biggest problem is having a motherboard port and a BIOS that supports the drives.
    I think i may have an old motherboard that would work in that configuration. it's in a box somewhere in this mess of mine.
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