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I took a class a couple of days ago at my local Husqvarna Viking store and my dongle wasn't working so the lady asked if I could used the cable. I have a Designer Topaz 20 and it didn't have the correct port to use the cable but U did have another USB drive and we were able to transfer the embroidery design to that and it worked just fine. I spoke with the manager yesterday about the dongle issues I have had ans she said that I can use any USB drive as long as it isn't too big because the machine can't read a drive bigger that 8GM. She says if you have more than that it take a really long time for the embroidery patterns to load. I hope that helps.
On a side note, I really wish this site didn't categorize Husqvarna Viking Products under "Floppy Drives". Yes, our embroidery machines are computers but it's not likely that the techy folks looking in the floppy drives category can even help us.
Hey, Fixya can we have a Husqvarna Viking category for sewing & embroidery machines?
Can you copy them to another computer? More than likely, they actually are corrupt. The thing that made floppy disks unreliable long term is that they are subject to magnetic fields. Any magnetic field will corrupt the data stored on them. And electrical current produces magnetic fields. So, if you stored the disks near any electricity, they have become corrupt. In a handbag with a cellphone, on top of a computer or monitor, etc. ...you get the idea. They will last forever if stored properly...but most poeple don't. I have some 10 years old (and I don't even have a drive for them anymore) and I not too long ago pulled my resume off one of them..but if not handled exacly right, they crash. Let me know if you think this is your problem, or if you are certain you stored them correctly and really think it is something else we'll look deeper.
Your Portable USB 3.5 diskette drive uses a pretty old technology that would come with software or drivers needed to run it. You would need to check on your device manager on control panel. But I would advise you upgrade yourself to better storage devices like the flash drive or the CD/DVD USB portable drives. They are a bit more expensive, but the technology is newer and have less issues. Let's face it, the 3.5 diskettes are getting pretty outdated. Don't you think so?
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.
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.
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.
A second motor, called a stepper motor, rotates 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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