Configuring the Floppy Disk Drive
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Configuring the Floppy Disk Drive

Configuring the Floppy Disk Drive A system can have two floppy disk drives. The drives are represented using the A: and the B: The floppy disk drive can be assigned the required drive letter using the data cable. For example, if you want to assign the drive letter A to the 3.5-inch floppy disk drive, you must connect the floppy disk drive to the first connector of the cable. You can also specify the required drives letter A to the floppy disk drive by inverting the data cable before affixing it to the floppy disk drive, if the data cable does not have a twist in it. You must configure the system BIOS to detect the installed floppy disk drive.

Configuring the Floppy Disk Drive

A system can have two floppy disk drives. The drives are represented using the A: and the B: The floppy disk drive can be assigned the required drive letter using the data cable. For example, if you want to assign the drive letter A to the 3.5-inch floppy disk drive, you must connect the floppy disk drive to the first connector of the cable. You can also specify the required drives letter A to the floppy disk drive by inverting the data cable before affixing it to the floppy disk drive, if the data cable does not have a twist in it. You must configure the system BIOS to detect the installed floppy disk drive.

To configure the floppy disk drive:

1. set off the system.

2. Enter the Delete key on the keyboard. The BIOS screen come into sight.

3. Select the Standard CMOS Settings. The screen displaying the CMOS settings appears

4. Select the required floppy disk drive.

5. Modify the option to display the installed floppy disk drive.

6. Save and depart the BIOS settings.

7. The BIOS settings may differ from one motherboard to the other, you can refer to the motherboard manual to configure the floppy disk drive.

Formatting a Floppy Disk Drive

The floppy disk drive stores data on the floppy. You must format a floppy before using it for the first time. A new floppy disk is like a brand new empty cupboard that has no shelves in it. Formatting a floppy disk creates sectors and tracks on the floppy disk. It is like creating shelves in the new cupboard. The manufacturer usually formats the floppy disks before supplying them. An unformatted floppy must be formatted before use. You can also format a floppy disk that contains some data on it. Formatting wipes out all the data stored on the floppy disk.

To format a floppy disk through the command prompt:

• Take the floppy disk

• Check the write protect notch to ensure that it is in the read write mode.

• Place in the floppy disk in the floppy disk drive.

• Start and Select Run.

• Enter cmd in the Open textbox.

• Click OK.

• Type format a:.

• Press ENTER.

• Type a volume name or press ENTER for leaving it blank.

Some of the switches available for the format command are:

Format a: /q ? enables you to perform a quick format

Format a: /u - Deletes the data completely from the floppy

Format a: /s - Makes a floppy into a system boot disk

Format a: /v:DATA - Format the floppy and give a volume label DATA

Format a: /f:360 - Format a floppy of size 360K

You may also be interested in:

Floppy Disk Drives

Working of the Floppy Disk Drive

Components of the Floppy Disk Drive

Types of Floppy Disk Drives

Creating a Bootable Floppy Disk

Troubleshooting the Floppy Disk Drive

 

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