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retrofit to read a 5.25 floppy disk

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by sifu17055, Mar 29, 2007.

  1. sifu17055

    sifu17055 Guest

    Help! I have information locked up on an old 5.25 floppy disk. I have a 5.25 floppy drive pulled from an antiquated pc. How would I get it to work with a new pc?

    Chris
     
  2. Indochine

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    Many new PCs don't even have a floppy port on the motherboard. If you can find one that does, physically all you have to do is connect the drive with a floppy cable and power connector. If the PC already has a floppy, there may be a connector on the cable for a second drive. But will the BIOS support a 5.25" drive?

    see here

    http://www.oldskool.org/guides/oldonnew/floppy

    Some companies will copy the data to other media for a fee.
     
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  3. sifu17055

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    I have an old windows 98 pc with a 3 1/2 inch drive. Can I use this pc and just swap the drives?
     
  4. Indochine

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    Yes. You may need to go into the BIOS to alter the floppy settings. That link I posted leads to a page with full details.

    If you don't have a spare 5.25" bay you can just have the drive lying on the top of the case or on the desk. Just make sure it doesn't short anything out.
     
  5. sifu17055

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    You are an absolute lifesaver. A friend entrusted me with an old set of disks that I couldn't read. I have been looking for way to get the job done for months. I had no idea where to turn. I have an old pc and a 5.25 pulled from another pc that I recently junked. It does work, it just needed something to be plugged into.

    Thank you my friend! I will try this when I get home and fill you in tomorrow with the details!

    Chris

     
  6. Indochine

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    Good luck! Remember to treat the disks quite carefully, don't write on them with ball point pen or leave them near a magnet eg a louspeaker...
     
  7. sifu17055

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    Oooohhhh. that would be bad wouldn't it? I will be very careful with the disks to be sure. I want to keep my friend as a friend.

    Chris
     
  8. sifu17055

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    Maybe once this is done, I could offer this as a service for people like myself and my friend? I would like to help others.

    Chris
     

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