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Floppy Drives and laptops

By greatman05
May 27, 2007
  1. Hey, guys. Anybody know of a way to modify a desktop floppy drive to work on a laptop? I don't have the floppy drive that came with my Toshiba Tecra 8100, so right now I'm pretty much SOL.
     
  2. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    Do you need it to be internal? If not, would a usb floppy drive work for you?
     
  3. MMDominator88

    MMDominator88 TS Rookie Posts: 119

    get a USB to EIDE cable ?!?! (Do they make those??)
     
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    Just buy a replacement drive used or new off the internet. Salvage around.
    Or - remove the old drive and use an external USB floppy.
     
  5. greatman05

    greatman05 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 429

    I did a BIOS update through Windows 2000 after installing all of the necessary drivers and utilities. It seemed to go fine, and the computer restarted after it was done, without a hitch. When it came back on, it sat for a few moments, reset itself, and didn't come back on again. The BIOS upgrade was going from 2.10 to 2.50. I want to use the F12 BIOS restore feature, but I need a floppy drive, which I don't have right now. Does this utility support using a USB floppy drive?
     
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    if your motherboard can boot off a usb device then yes. If not, then no.
    Did you read the updating BIOS guide?
     
  7. greatman05

    greatman05 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 429

    I did, but the problem is, I tried to use a USB flash drive with the utility, and it didn't read it: in fact, it didn't look as if the utility had activated the USB port. Since I can't boot the computer (There isn't a P.O.S.T screen or the Toshiba Logo, and the video card doesn't activate unless the utility is executed by pressing F12 before pressing the power button), I can't use a bootable CD, and the Tecra 8100's BIOS recovery program doesn't read from the CD. Is my only option scouring EBay or the internet for a Tecra 8100 floppy drive? If I took the laptop to somewhere like CompUSA, do you think that they would have free access to one of their Tecra 8100 floppy drives onsite?
     
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