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Help! External Floppy Drive Won’t Work With Windows 7

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips
 
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Jane from Olmsted Falls, OH writes:

I have commercial embroidery machines that require me to load the stitch file into the computer on the machine on a floppy drive.  I had to upgrade my embroidery software to a new computer.  The new computer runs Windows 7 Professional.  It will not recognize the external floppy drive.  Is there something I can do to have the drive recognized?  Without the external Floppy drive, I have to go through several steps that would be easier with the computer recognizing the drive. Thanks for your help.

Jane, you don’t say what brand of external floppy drive you have, but I would suggest going to the manufacturer’s website or calling customer support to see if you can download Windows 7 drivers for that device. If no drivers are available for that particular device, you should still be able to purchase an external floppy drive that is compatible with Windows 7, but make sure to check before make the purchase.

~ Cynthia

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3 Responses to “Help! External Floppy Drive Won’t Work With Windows 7”

  1. paul smith says:

    you may wanna try using the subst command to assign a directory on the hard drive to be the fake a: drive. as long as windows can see the floppy, you can copy the contents of the “fake” a: drive to the floppy, the embroidery software won’t have to do anything special

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-files/is-the-subst-command-broken-in-windows-7/4855524d-a28b-403e-8d7e-515926e01aaa?msgId=22da4c90-3d2c-44dc-998b-bba88f054055

  2. Keith Monson says:

    Create a virtual drive as suggested or use a program called Easy Macro Recorder to “record” the steps involved and then you just click the file and watch the computer do it.

  3. Sean says:

    I have one and the only way I’ve found to use it is in my ‘Virtual PC’ XP Mode, and label it B:\ drive, seeing on how MS has stopped support of Windows XP you may or may not get any updates even in ‘virtual XP’ if you have question on how to set it up I suppose you could ask these guys or me at my websight: computer-freelance.com. it’s fairly easy to setup, and if all you need to do is use the USB floppy then the Virtual PC / XP Mode is more than sufficient.

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