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Is there a power light on the BT144?

I'm on a mac. I have several 3.5" floppy disks from which I need to retrieve some documents. I've plugged the drive directly into my computer's USB port. And there is no response. I get no light on the BT144 indicating power. The USB port works with other devices. Suggestions?

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Light only appears when accessing data from disk. Check that you have right drivers... that is it.

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Can I use a Bytecc BT-144 usb external floppy disk drive with an iMac running OS 10.10.1?

I'm not a Mac tech, but I wouldn't see why not. Floppy drives are kinda old school now. You may need a driver for the floppy. Check online and see what you can find. Download and install it.

Or you may have to plug the floppy in, then reboot, to get the Mac to recognize it, especially with a USB port. Some old Windozz machines were like that...maybe your Mac too????

Mac OS is very close to Linux/Unix systems, which have awful support for floppy drives. That's another possibility.

If your windows machine can't read the disk, makes me think the floppy drive is bad or you have corrupted files on the disk. Try a couple known good floppy disks on the Windoz box and see what happens. Or another removable floppy drive. They cost $5 to $10 now.

Jan 22, 2015 | BYTECC (BT144) External Floppy Drive

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No Power!

Hi, A couple of possibilities: 1. The drive is at fault; 2. The USB cable is at fault; 3. The USB port of your Mac is at fault. Things you can try: 1. Test the drive in another Mac; 2. Replace the USB cable. Things you can do to try and retrieve the data: 1. Use Data Recovery software compatible with Mac; 2. Check with Lacie website and find out if there are any utilities that can be used to repair/retrieve your Big Disk Hope you get an idea and things work out for you. Good luck and kind regards.

Aug 24, 2007 | LaCie 640GB Big Disk USB2.0 640 GB IDE...

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Instructional manual


It should just plug in and work. To the best of my knowledge these come with no manuals.

Jan 09, 2013 | BYTECC (BT144) External Floppy Drive

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I need the driver for Windows XP for the BT-144 driver package154.69MB driverpackage 490MB

if these driver packages are not right
on the home page you should see a search tab just type in what you are looking for
(be precise)also the download software finder under that there will be a list place a tick in the box of any one you want/need
all software windows software mac software mobile and web apps

also this link will provide you with many freeware and share drivers

hope this helps you

Aug 05, 2011 | BYTECC (BT144) External Floppy Drive

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My BT-144 is not being reongnized by my windows 7 the light doesnt even turn on, should I return it or what can i do

You should test this external floppy drive on another computers. If it doesn't work on any PC you should probably return it.

Though if this problem is exclusive to your PC there's somethings you can check:

  • That your Hard Drive is the appropiate format in order to be recognized by your machine (NSTC).
  • That you're plugging it directly to a usb port on your PC and not on a USB hub since these devices require a lot of power and sometimes a USB hub doen't have enough to power it.

Mar 06, 2011 | BYTECC (BT144) External Floppy Drive

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Absolutely EVERY floppy disk inserted tells me that the disk is NOT FORMATTED. I know for a fact that there are files on them.

I suspect a problem with either your former drive or the TECC drive. May I suggest you try formatting a disk with the TECC to see it will recognize that disk as formatted?

If your other drive was a little off and all your floppies were written by that drive, I hope you still have it. On the other hand, if the floppies were written by the TECC, it being a external drive, it may have been dropped accidently and it now is out of whack requiring adjustment.

Im sorry you are having this trouble.

Dec 05, 2010 | BYTECC (BT144) External Floppy Drive

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Is my VST USB floppy disk drive repairable ? wont load disks !!

Unfortunately, we live in a disposable society, you can easily find a brand new mac compatible usb floppy drive for under $50.
It would certainly take several hours and spare parts to repair your drive... :(

Mar 30, 2009 | Apple Computers & Internet

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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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There is a white cable fixed to the drive that appears to have

The 7 pin connector is for the media card readers and needs to be plugged into a USB header on your motherboard. Not all motherboards have this header, so consult your motherboard manual. You may have to connect it in place of front USB connectors on your PC case.

The card reader will work without a separate power connection. The power connection is for the floppy drive only, and IS required for the drive to work. You should be able to find the appropriate connector on your power supply.

Nov 20, 2008 | BYTECC (BT144) External Floppy Drive

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Nexxtech usb external floppy drive

The simple answer to your question is yes. The trick is getting the external floppy drive.

If you have one you should be able to connect it to you mac and simply drag the files on to your desktop. Depending what the files are you should then be able to still read them and save them on the mac in a new format.

It really depends on what format the files are and what app they where created in.

Floppy disks! I have not come across them for years! The process is quite slow!

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