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New Slim External 3.5" 1.44mb USB Floppy Disk Drive Black for Windows Xp Lenovo Asus Sony Gateway Macbook Loptop Pc Portable
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Technical Specifications: Specically developed for low power LED indicator USB 1.1 & 2.0 Compatible. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: •Pc or Notebook With USB Port •Package contend: •USB Portable Diskette Drive
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However, as my heading says, this drive will only read High Density 1.44mb diskettes (2HD). I also have some older 2DD diskettes (double sided 720k) which this drive will not read, but rather prompt me to 'format a blank diskette.' (TIP: don't do this! You'll lose your data) Unsure if this was Windows 7 or the drive itself, I plugged this into an older Windows XP pc (which instantly recognized it too) and it still would not read any of my lower density diskettes (2DD). It actually says this in the product description, although in a convoluted way for those unaware of the two different types of 3.5" floppies. It will ONLY read your 1.44mb (2HD) diskettes.
How do you tell what sort of floppy diskette you have? If you have name brand floppies, the stamp on the metal slide cover should tell you if your disk is 2HD or 2DD. That said, I have some diskettes that have no branding or marking on them whatsoever, so it's just trial and error. Some of these work (the 2HD ones) and some don't (which I assume are 2DD).
Bear in mind, this technology was pre "plug and play" so even though Windows recognizes the drive and it's ready to use, it won't be active until you pop in a diskette and click the "3.5 A Drive" from the drive list in My Computer. Then you wait and wait and wait for it to access the data (which is so slow compared to today's tech!). Once you remove that diskette (when the drive access light is off), you need to refresh the contents of a new diskette by again clicking the "3.5 A Drive" from the drive list. Rinse and repeat.
I purchased this drive from "FromWarehouse" vendor. It was as advertised and works great for me with Windows 7 Pro. I am able to retrieve old photos and documents from all my 2HD floppy diskettes, but alas not my 2DD diskettes.
The drive came with a cd with drivers, which were not even needed. I just plugged in into a USB port and it ran immediately. The only problem I have run into is that unlike the older internal drives, this one does not want to read the older format single density 3.5 in discs. I have few of them, however, so it's not too big of a problem.
Initially I had trouble getting this drive to work on my Windows 10 machine. I found that I often had to directly point to the drive by either 1.) entering a:\ into a Windows file/folder explorer or 2.) access it directly from the command prompt by switching to it with a:\.
After accessing it the drive performed every fast.
Put in a blank floppy - it recognized it as soon as I opened Windows Explorer. It even assigned A: to it automatically. Nice. I was able to write a Word file, exit, get back in, and open it without any trouble. I was able to erase it too. It looks nice, came with a short USB cord, and has an LED to let you know when it is reading/writing to the disc.
I have a set of older Sony digital cameras that I still use (in my classroom) and this little device made it possible to keep them in service even after losing my older computer that had a floppy drive built in.
Very satisfied with this purchase, especially for such a low price.