Windows 10: Will Win 10 support a 3.5 floppy drive? Solved

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  1.    09 Jan 2017 #1

    Will Win 10 support a 3.5 floppy drive?


    My wife was given an older Hammond organ by our church. It has a 3.5 floppy drive that accepts and plays MIDI song files.
    I have software that is able to generate MIDI song files, I'm hoping Win 10 will support a USB connected floppy drive (??)
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  2.    09 Jan 2017 #2

    My best guess is maybe -- my Windows 7 finally accepted a usb FD -- I forgot what couple of hoops it had to jump through.
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  3.    09 Jan 2017 #3

    Yes USB Floppy Drive will work with Windows 10 as i have no problems with my floppy drives.When you plug the floppy drive in pc usb port the familiar device setup box will appear at bottom of desktop screen..when this is finished it will be ok to use.
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       09 Jan 2017 #4

    The problem with in-the-case floppy drives is no BIOS support with newer motherboards and no pins/socket on the motherboard, hence the need to use a USB Floppy drive which should show as a Removable drive. I have a couple of them. First it was motherboards supporting 2 floppy drives then only 1 floppy drive then none, technology marching on. I've kept a WinXP Pro computer with both an Epson comination3.5" and 5.25" drive plus a 250MB Iomega Zip drive for helping those folks who come across long-forgotten disks and want to see what is on them.
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  5.    09 Jan 2017 #5

    I concur: my USB attached floppy drive still works on Win10, but I don't have an old-fashioned floppy disk internal connector to attach the old-style drives into any more (still have two of them, though, if anybody wants one ;-). You can buy a usb to floppy adapter cable though...
    HTH,
    --Ed--
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  6.    09 Jan 2017 #6

    I remember they days when it was a bonus to have 2 floppy drives installed so you could copy disk to disk and not have to swap out the disks 3 or 4 times to copy one :-)
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  7.    09 Jan 2017 #7

    I started working with Novell NetWare in 1985-86 when version 2.15 came on something like 90 floppies. Lots of disk swapping to do an install back in those days. Who knew we'd get nostalgic for miniscule units of storage?
    --Ed--
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       09 Jan 2017 #8

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    I remember they days when it was a bonus to have 2 floppy drives installed so you could copy disk to disk and not have to swap out the disks 3 or 4 times to copy one :-)
    Me too [are we telling our age?]. But that need kinda went away with MS-DOS 6.xx. My daughter got a computer with her bookkeeping correspondence course with MS-DOS 6.00 but no HDD which that version of DOS needed to copy the data from the floppy before copying onto a new disk. Guess what her first upgrade was.
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  9.    09 Jan 2017 #9

    First virus I got was from copying files to a 3.5 inch floppy at my office and the coping the files to my home PC.
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  10.    09 Jan 2017 #10

    EdT -- can I have those two FDs? And, I can get the conversion cable from Altex Electronics in Austin
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