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Overview:

Steps To Complete:

  1. Identify connectors on the floppy drive.
  2. Opening The Computer Case
  3. Connecting The Power Cable
  4. Connecting The Data Interface Cable
  5. Identify Motherboard Connector
  6. Configure the Floppy Drive Through the BIOS.
  7. Configure the Floppy Drive Through the Operating System.
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Document Details:
Title: How To Install a 3.5" Floppy Disk Drive
Author: Michael J. Casimir
Categories: Floppy Disk Drives
Installations
# Of Pages: 1 Creation Date: Sunday, November 30, 2008 7:14 PM
Skill Level: Beginner Last Modified: Monday, October 14, 2013 4:44 PM

Before installing your floppy disk drive please shut down your computer and unplug all cables attached to the back of your computer. These include power and monitor cables, your keyboard and mouse.

 


Document Details


Article Overview


Hardware Installation Procedures


Configuring Through The BIOS


Configuring Through The Operating System


Downloadable Formats
 
Learning Objectives and Article Overview [ Top ]
Learning Objectives:
The following learning objectives are presented in this article:
Learn how to install a 3.5" floppy drive.

Article Overview

This article provides an overview of how to install a 3.5" Floppy Diskette Drive into a computer system.

 
Prepare The Installation: [ Top ]
Gather Your Tools and Hardware:

This installation requires you to have the following tools and hardware:

  1. 3.5 Floppy Disk Drive.
  2. Phillips screw driver.
  3. (4) Standard floppy drive screws.
 
Hardware Installation Procedures [ Top ]
Identifying Connectors On Floppy Drive

Opening The Computer Case

To accomplish the task of opening the computer's case you will need a Phillips screwdriver. The case is normally secured to the metal chassis with two or four screws.

On the back of the floppy drive there is one power connector used to give the drive its juice required to function with the rest of the computer.

Connecting The Power Cable

This 4 pin floppy drive power connector is known as a BERG connector.

This type of power connector can be identifable as four pins in a white socket, and is about half the size of a Molex power connector.

Connecting The Data Interface Cable

The next step is to connect the data transfer cable from the floppy drive to the internal connector on the motherboard. On the back side of the floppy drive to the right of the power connector, there is a 34 pin male data interface connection which connects to the system motherboard required for data transfer operations.

This port is used to connect the floppy disk ribbon cable to the internal port on the computer's motherboard.


There is usually one pin missing in this area; the floppy disk connector on the motherboard is also missing one pin.

When connecting the data transfer cable to the floppy drive, you must connect the red line on the floppy cable to the pin furthest to the right on the drive.

Connecting the cable in the wrong orientation will cause errors the next time your computer is powered on. You may also damage the drive by connecting the floppy cable the wrong way.

Take some time to ensure that each hole on the cable is aligning perfectly with each individual pin on the floppy drive.

The power connector on the floppy drive is of a Molex 4 pin type.

The picture shown above illustrates a properly connected data and power cable connected to a mounted floppy drive.

To provide an interface between the floppy drive and the computer's motherboard, you need to string the cable inside of the PC so that it connects up with the 34 pin connector on the motherboard.

Identifying The Motherboard Connector

As shown in the illustration above, the floppy drive connector is a series of 34 gold plated pins. If you cannot find this connector please look at the documentation that came with your computer system for more help.

Gently connect the floppy drive cable to this connector. It's important to connect the cable in the correct orientation. Match up the missing hole on the connector with the missing hole on the cable to make the connection.



A thirty four pin interface connector provides a connection from the floppy disk drive to the computer's internal components including the motherboard.

That should complete the physical part of the hardware installation. The next step is to ensure the BIOS can properly recognize your newly installed floppy drive so that the operating system can properly iniatlize the drive.
 
Configuring Hardware Through The Basic Input Output System [ Top ]
Assuming everything has been configured correctly after your computer restarts the Basic Input Output System (BIOS) will detect the new hardware and attempt to initalize it according to factory default setttings.

Enter the system bios by pressing the F2 key when prompted. On other machines this key could be different. such as F-10. F-11. or F-12.

On the main BIOS window press the enter key so the Standard CMOS Features sub-menu is selected.

On The Standard CMOS Features screen press the cursor down key to access the option Drive A. Press Enter when that option is selected.

A pop up menu should appear allowing you to make a selection based on the settings configured in the BIOS.

The option you want to specify is 1.44M 3.5" option.

Press the Enter key to confirm the selection.

When you are finished making changes to the BIOS you need to apply the changes.

Press the F10 key on any screen to finalize all changes. You will be presented with a screen similar to the one shown in the illustration below.

Cursor down and over to the Save & Exit Setup option.

Press the Enter key.



Press Y to finalize the operation. After a short delay your computer will be restarted. The floppy drive connects internally to the motherboard's floppy disk connector.

 
Configuring Hardware Through The Operating System [ Top ]
Assuming everything has been configured correctly after your computer restarts the Basic Input Output System (BIOS) will deteect the new hardware and attempt to initalize it according to factory default setttings.

Floppy drives and floppy drive controllers don't need added configuration if everything is working properly.

In Windows XP you can check the stat of your floppy drive by following these steps:

  1. Left click the Windows Start menu.

  2. Left click the Control Panel menu item.

  3. Left click the System icon.

  4. Left click the Hardware tab.

  5. Left click the Device Manager button.

  6. In the Windows device manager check the status on devices named Floppy disk drive or floppy disk controller.

  7. If your floppy drive is not functioning properly yellow exclamation points will be shown.

Upon a successful restart the operating system installed on your computer will detect the newly installed floppy drive.

 
Downloadable Formats [ Top ]
This article can be downloaded as a PDF file for offline viewing and printing. To view this file you will need to download and install a program that is capable of reading PDF files.
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