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No power I purchased the above item. At first everything was working fine. Then while reading a disk the light continued to flash.Once the disk was removed,additional attempts where tried with the same results. Now even after trying all my USB ports I have no power to the unit.

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Steps on how to fix the floppy drive if there is no power on it

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It can not come on ,PLiz what should i do?

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Well, the first step in any problem of this nature is to narrow down the problem. We have three main things in effect here, and we need to know which one has the problem before we can fix it. First, the disk itself. Try other disks and make sure the disk is not faulty. Second, the usb ports. Try other devices in your usb ports to ensure they are installed and configured properly. If all of those work, it is narrowed down to the floppy drive itself. If it does not work on any pc's at all, then it definately has a problem, and I would suggest contacting SmartDisk technical support.

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My computer does not identify, not driver a. My computer is an XP. Actually I purchased two external floppies., neither had instruction and I am NOT into the works of the computer. My friend can use them...


You may have a faulty power supply cord... if the light isn't turning on, there's definitely no power going to the drive. Try a different cord. if that doesn't work, there may be something wrong with the drive itself.
Try that first. Once you have power, and it still doesn't work, you may need to try a different ribbon as well.

Also try reversing the connector on the floppy drive, even if you think it's plugged in the right way. Check the power connector and make sure you haven't 'missed' a pin when you plugged it in. It can be difficult to get the power connector lined up correctly with the pins if you attach it when the drive is screwed into place in the case.
Check that the floppy drive is enabled in BIOS Setup, and configured correctly.
Basically, ensure that BIOS POST identifies it correctly at boot up, then check that 'Device Manager' in Windows identifies it correctly. 'My Computer' about the last thing to check!

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Sep 15, 2010 | Teac FD-05PUB External Floppy Drive

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Try the floppy-disk in another computer.
If it can be read, the floppy-disk is fine, and your disk-drive needs to be replaced.

Dec 13, 2009 | Mitsumi (D359M3) Internal Floppy Drive

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Hi, FD for machine, unable to formatting & saving files. How to fix it??

Insert your ( memory card , flash disk , cellphone , .... ) into your computer.
Open up 'My Computer'. You should see it under the list of available drives.
Check its contents first to make sure that you have the right drive.
In 'My Computer', right-click on the drive and choose 'Format'.
Leave all the options as they are and click on 'Start'. This is a non-reversible process so make sure this is what you truly wanted to do in the first place.
Once the process is completed, take the memory card out and insert it into your Digital Camera or any other device. Try to browse to it to make sure it works fine now.

Nov 30, 2009 | HP (D9510B) External Floppy Drive

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After accessing drive its shuts down and restarts pc

You may have already tried one or more of these things, but in case you haven't...

Plug the drive into other USB ports on the computer and see if it shuts down. If not, you have a bad USB port, so just don't use it.
If it shuts down, continue to second test.

The second thing would be to eliminate the disk drive as a problem. Try plugging it in to another available computer and see if you get the same problem. If it's okay, it would be a safe assmption to eliminate the drive as being responsible.

Next, eliminate any USB hubs you may have plugged in. Plug the drive directly into the USB port on the computer and see what happens. If it works without problem, the hub is most likely the problem. If you still have the problem, follow next.

Next, I would try using one or more other USB peripherals and plug them in and try using them. If that causes the same issue, you probably have a power supply issue (even if everything is powered fine) as one of the power leads may not be putting out the required voltage. Last possibility could be a problem with your motherboard.

Good luck!

Oct 18, 2009 | IBM USB Portable Diskette Drive (05K9276)...

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Panasonic JU- 257A686

Hi there,
The operating system you are using is pretty old....DOS uses commands that are typed without graphic user interface. It is probable that the drive is dysfuntional because of age/fatigue. You need to use newer technology. You can insert the same disc in a drive that is in a windows environment e.g Winows 95, 98 or XP. This disc will definitely be more expensive than your old dos-run drive, but am sure you will have a lot less stress. better still when you get this copy all your information on the system and use a better newer storage device like a flash drive, CD/DVD.....they are much better in terms of capacity and functionality.


Sep 01, 2009 | Panasonic JU 257 (JU257A827P) Internal...

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How is info stored on a floppy disk

This is how it works,

  1. The computer program passes an instruction to the computer hardware to write a data file on a floppy disk, which is very similar to a single platter in a hard disk drive except that it is spinning much slower, with far less capacity and slower access time.
  2. The computer hardware and the floppy-disk-drive controller start the motor in the diskette drive to spin the floppy disk.The disk has many concentric tracks on each side. Each track is divided into smaller segments called sectors, like slices of a pie.

  3. A second motor, called a stepper motorrotates a worm-gear shaft (a miniature version of the worm gear in a bench-top vise) in minute increments that match the spacing between tracks.The time it takes to get to the correct track is called "access time." This stepping action (partial revolutions) of the stepper motor moves the read/write heads like the jaws of a bench-top vise. The floppy-disk-drive electronics know how many steps the motor has to turn to move the read/write heads to the correct track.

  4. The read/write heads stop at the track. The read head checks the prewritten addresson the formatted diskette to be sure it is using the correct side of the diskette and is at the proper track. This operation is very similar to the way a record player automatically goes to a certain groove on a vinyl record.
  5. Before the data from the program is written to the diskette, an erase coil (on the same read/write head assembly) is energized to "clear" a wide, "clean slate" sector prior to writing the sector data with the write head. The erased sector is wider than the written sector -- this way, no signals from sectors in adjacent tracks will interfere with the sector in the track being written.
  6. The energized write head puts data on the diskette by magnetizing minute, iron, bar-magnet particles embedded in the diskette surface, very similar to the technology used in the mag stripe on the back of a credit card. The magnetized particles have their north and south poles oriented in such a way that their pattern may be detected and read on a subsequent read operation.
  7. The diskette stops spinning. The floppy disk drive waits for the next command.
On a typical floppy disk drive, the small indicator light stays on during all of the above operations.

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Mar 03, 2009 | Mad Dog Multimedia Dominator (MDED1F)...

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Installation of BT-146

Yes, you need to plug in a 4 pin FLoppy Molex connector. Your power supply should have at least one. The power connector is right next to the Floppy Drive connector.

Also, the Floppy connector goes in with pin 1 (The red stripe) to the left looking at the unit from the back (furthest away from power).

There is no manual to speak of.

Jan 09, 2009 | BYTECC (BT144) External Floppy Drive

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Korg X2 Floppy Drive Fix/Replacement

Hi, here it is the best solution. FlexiDrive for Korg X2
It is working fine with Korg X2.

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Stopped working all of a sudden

Hmnmm.... try getting a new IDE ribbon cord, your existing one may be broken.

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