Can not get new plug and play usb floppy drive to recognize floppy disks.
SmartDisk high-speed 2x floppy drive, usb connection. Computer recognizes device, says it is ready to go, but will not recognize any floppy disk inserted in it, formated or not formated. Computer uses WINDOWSXP WITH SERVICE PACK 2.
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2. unable to "disable" the "floppy" drive in BIOS SETUP
3. not recognizing anything connected to SATA1 port
It's time to take your computer to a qualified technician, for professional trouble-shooting.
Is your DELL computer still under warranty? If so, exercise the warranty.
Or, maybe you should just remove the "new" disk-drive, the RAM, the DVD-drive, and then responsibly "recycle" the old computer, and purchase a brand-new system, repurposing the disk/RAM/DVD components.
Most probably you have a drive letter conflict? If so, right click "My computer" choose "Manage" and locate "Disk management" - here, in the middle lower panel, you should be able to find your usb-memory stick, right click it and assign it a drive letter that you're sure is not in use.
A Computer Motherboard Diagram
Once you know what you are looking at, you can recognize the components on any motherboard layout. A computer motherboard diagram is very useful for when you need to replace motherboard, do motherboard upgrades, troubleshoot motherboard, or build your own computer.
PCI Slot - This board has 2 PCI slots. These can be used for components such as Ethernet cards, sound cards, and modems.
PCI-E 16x Slot - There are 2 of them on this motherboard diagram, both are blue. These are used for your graphics card. With two of them onboard,
you can run 2 graphics cards in SLI. You would only need this if you
are a gamer, or working with high end video / graphics editing. These
are the 16x speed versions, which are currently the fastest.
PCI-E 1x Slot - Single slot - In the PCIe 1.x generation, each lane (1x)
carries 250 MB/s compared to 133 MB/s for the PCI slots. These can be
used for expansion cards such as Sound Cards, or Ethernet Cards.
Northbridge - This is the Northbridge for this motherboard. This allows communication between the CPU and the system memory and PCI-E slots.
ATX 12V 2X and 4 Pin Power Connection Power Connection - This is one of two power connections that supply power to the motherboard. This connection will come from your Power Supply.
CPU-Fan Connection - This is where your CPU fan will
connect. Using this connection over one from your power supply will
allow the motherboard to control the speed of your fan, based on the
- This is where your CPU will plug in. The orange bracket that is
surrounding it is used for high end heat sinks. It helps to support the
weight of the heat sink.
Memory Slots - These are the slots for your RAM.
Most boards will have 4 slots, but some will only have 2. The color
coding you see on the motherboard diagram is used to match up RAM for Dual-Channel. Using them this way will give your memory a speed boost.
ATX Power Connector - This is the second of two power
connections. This is the main power connection for the motherboard, and
comes from the Power Supply.
IDE Connection - The IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics) is
the connection for your hard drive or CD / DVD drive. Most drives today
come with SATA connections, so you may not use this.
Southbridge - This is the controller for components such as the PCI slots, onboard audio, and USB connections.
SATA Connections - These are 4 of the 6 SATA connections on the motherboard. These will be used for hard drives, and CD / DVD drives.
Front Panel Connections - this is where you will hook in the
connections from your case. These are mostly the different lights on
your case, such as power on, hard drive activity etc.
FDD Connection - The FDD is the Floppy Disk controller. If you have a floppy disk drive in your computer, this is where you will hook it up.
External USB Connections - This is where you will plug in external USB connections for your case or USB bracket.
CMOS battery - This is the motherboard's battery. This is used to allow the CMOS to keep its settings.
Your A drive is generally the floppy disk drive. Do you have a floppy disk drive on this PC??? If so, open up the PC and ensure the IDE cable is securely connected to the drive, and is also securely connected the motherboard.
I have seen drives not recognized for a few reasons. Bad drives, drives not jumpered correctly or full-disk encryption was used on them. Here are my thoughts:
Try making sure that the drive is jumpered to Master. Should be a jumper on the back of the drive.
Make sure you did not encrypt the hard drive using full disk encryption.
I use an USB IDE drive enclosure when recovering customer's data using a Vista computer and have not had any issues other than the ones mentioned above.
Let us know if this helps or what you find out.
Do other computers read the flash drive? If not, faulty drive. If yes, it may be recognized but you have Auto-play disabled. That's actually a good thing. Assuming this is a Windows computer that is at least XP or newer, open Windows Explorer (not Internet Explorer) BEFORE connecting the USB drive. Then left-click on the My Computer item. The right side of the screen will display all currently recognized drives. Plug in the USB drive and watch the righ side of the screen. I'll bet a new drive will appear within about 45 seconds. If so, just double click on the new drive and you'll see all your "stuff". If not, you may have a faulty USB port.
First, you should try to keep the floppy drive. If you can find one, I highly recommend getting the floppy drive cleaner diskette. They're hard to find now, but it's worth it if you want to continue to use your floppy drives. If cleaning it doesn't resolve the issue, next item to try is replacement of the floppy drive. You can borrow a floppy drive from someone, plug it in and test to side if it fixes the problem, if not, then it's either a motherboard issue (which I doubt) or a software/windows XP problem (more likely of the two). In which case I would recommend reinstalling windows XP to see if it fixes the problem before shopping for a new motherboard or a new computer.