Question about a floppy drive cable.

By oldjoe12
Feb 9, 2005
  1. I recently bought a motherboard for a computer of mine and installed it into a new tower. I have a two year old hp pavilion and took the hard drive, the floppy drive, and the monitor. The problem I am having is that the connecter on my new motherboard has all of the pins and the cable for the foppy drive has one of the holes plugged (uses a key, i think its called). I know I can get a cable that doesnt have the plug, but the connection on the back of the floppy drive is missing a pin. Is there such a cable with one end with a plug and the other end without any? Or do i have to get a different floppy drive. I dont use the floppy at all but still would like to have the option.
    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Just turn the cable around. The other end should have all the holes.
  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    The end of the floppy cable with some wires 'crossed', should go on the floppy-drive.
    Watch that the red- or blue-coloured ribbon is at pin 1.
  4. oldjoe12

    oldjoe12 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Cable is the same on both ends

    Both ends are the same and have a plug. I see which end goes to the drive and which goes to the board because they are labled. But the one that goes to the board has a plug in the same spot as the other end and the board has all of the pins which makes it unable to connect. Is there a cable I can buy that has one end totally open and one end with a plug?
    appreciated the responses
  5. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    You don't need the plug in the hole at all.. If the floppy drive itself doesn't have a pin there then it doesn't really matter whether the cable has a hole or not, does it?

    Yes, you can find a floppy cable with all open holes.
  6. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    If there are no crossed wires on one end, it is very likely NOT a floppy cable!
  7. Techmeniac

    Techmeniac TS Rookie Posts: 24

    Check to see what kind of cable your friends have, because sometimes the companies use exclusice pin layouts to fit their needs. This is because most home users buy mini-tower and companies have to fit a lot of stufff in relatively cramped space.
    If you say you dont use a floppy then dont invest in it, floppies are extremely slow and not trustworthy, I would suggest you gat a flash drive instead, nowadays all computers have a USB port, and flash can hold way higher quanities of data plus they are quite cheap nowadays
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