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Windows 10 Doesn’t Recognize Floppy Drive

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Hardware & Peripherals, Quick Tips, Windows 10

One of the big changes in Windows 10 is that the OS no longer has built-in support for floppy drives.  I first told you about this more than a year ago.  A reader who recently upgraded to 10 found that out the hard way: “My Windows 10 operating system on my laptop won’t recognize my external 3.5″ Floppy Disc drive connected thru a USB port. The driver says it is up to date. The “A-Drive” appears for a split second on the Control Panel when I plug the FDD into the USB but immediately goes away.”

There’s no built-in support for floppy drives in Windows. You’ll need to go to the manufacturer’s website and download the  Windows 10 drivers. You may have the latest updates available for the device, but it’s possible the manufacturer doesn’t have Windows 10 drivers available yet.

Or you can try this: type “Find and Fix Problems” in your search box and click on the results. Then select Hardware & Sound.


Then choose Hardware & Devices and follow the instructions of the wizard that opens.


Keep in mind that it can only help if your device’s maker has updated drivers available for Windows 10.

~ Cynthia



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3 Responses to “Windows 10 Doesn’t Recognize Floppy Drive”

  1. cloyd Timothy says:

    I have not had any trouble with my floppy drive under windows 10 for almost a year now.

  2. "Ted" Jago says:

    Solved this problem by using an external Floppy with built in driver.
    Just plugged it in and computer did the rest.

    On anther machine I just plugged in an external floppy drive and then downloaded a program that located updates for drivers. Driver found and all was well.

  3. Gregg says:

    I have no problems with a Y-E Data USB floppy drive. But 10 isn’t recognizing an internal 1.44M drive. It’s enabled in BIOS and there’s power to the drive and the cable is properly connected.

    The main uses these days for a floppy drive are for doing BIOS updates and having drivers for some hardware while installing Windows – that won’t work from anything but a floppy disk.

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