Since buying a new computer, (the other one bit the dust) the external floppy drive is not recognized by my 4D program. I have tried XP and Vista and it makes no difference. I do not want to spen $500 to convert to USB although I feel that may be my only hope.
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Re: External Floppy Drive
You don't have to convert your Des1 to USB. Make sure you have the correct machine and transfer method selected in 4D Configure. I used to have trouble writing to the floppy sometimes in my old Customizing software. What worked for me was: Don't put the floppy in the drive yet; hit the "Write" button; you will get a "Disk not Found" or something like that message; put the floppy in then; and click OK or the best option you will be offered. That seemed to make the program kick-start the "look for floppy" process. I belong to another Designer 1 support group and recall this subject has been discussed some time back. If I find out more information for you, I will pass it on. Pamsquilt
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Sorry, an external floppy drive will not work for a Designer 1. You would have no where to plug the cable in to. The internal floppy drive is quite expensive. You might want to look around for a used Designer 1. You can probably find one for $400-$500. Replacing the floppy drive on yours would cost you almost $400 depending on the local dealer pricing.
Don't insert the floppy disk in the drive until you are ready to actually do the writing to disk. If it still won't recognize that there is a design disk there, try re-formatting using disk manager - you will lose whatever designs are already on the disk, so make sure to save them to your hard drive using Windows Explorer first. You might just need updated drivers for your floppy drive. Try an internet search by searching for Husqvarna Customizing drivers, or something like that.
What worked for me was to not put the disk in the drive until I was ready to write to it. Sometimes this would be enough to make Disk Manager find the disk. If it didn't, I would re-format the disk. Re-formatting seemed to force the software to go look for the disk. This worked for me because I did not store all my designs on floppies. I only used the floppy to load what I was going to be embroidering out at that time. All my designs are stored on the hard drive which is backed up regularly, and are readily accessible for writing to the media I use for my D.1.
Your Designer 1 will read none of the file
formats you listed. It uses .shv which is a special file type created just
for the Designer 1. Some embroidery sellers offer this format, but most
do not. You don't need the .shv if you have the 4D software. When you purchase designs, you can buy almost any format you want and your software will deal with it. Most Husqvarna Designer owners purchase designs in .vp3 or .pes format. Avoid .art designs.
You need to set up your software using the Configure module. You can access this either by locating your 4D software folder on your hard drive - in that folder there should be an .exe called Configure - or use a link in your normal 4D screen once you open the program. Look for the icon along the top that looks like a screwdriver and pliers (or something like that). In Configure use the Send 1 tab to tell your software that you have a floppy disk Designer 1.
When you want to load designs for your sewing machine, open 4D Disk Manager (it will be in the drop-down Accessories box using the arrow beside the Configure button). You need to have the correctly formatted floppy disk in your computer's floppy disk drive. If you don't have one, you can format a blank one from within the Disk Manager module. Most importantly if you are using a floppy that already has been used in your Designer 1, you need to use the Read Disk icon along the top. The designs already on your floppy are read into the program. You can then add whatever designs you want by using the Open (icon showing an open manilla folder) or View (looks like a blue camera) buttons. Then you choose the Write Disk button to put not only your newly added designs on the floppy disk, but to also put back the ones that were already on it. Click "Yes" when asked if you want to erase designs already on the disk. It is quite safe provided you read the disk into Disk Manager first, as described above.