add a tape drive, lose a floppy drive???
Posted on 2000-04-20
I had 2 floppy drives A:-3.5" & B:-5.25" both connected to my only onboard floppy port. WIN95 device manager has a standard floppy disk controller driving them.
I recently removed the 5.25" floppy & added an older QIC80 tape drive for backups compatible w/ WIN95's MS BACKUP. to be compatible it will only work when connected as the primary floppy drive, thus moving my 3.5" A: drive from the primary position. there are no jumper settings on my floppy & device mgr has it set & not changeable as A:.
I have tried numerous configurations (i.e. connecting the floppy in line to the secondary postition, connecting it to offboard I/O controller card, installing new hardware drivers, BIOS settings, etc...) but cannot get either DOS or WIN95 to read it. I either get an A: drive error @ boot up or it passes over it & boots to WIN95
what am I missing here? I am no hardware expert, but I'm no dunce either (or am I ???). I've gone over it quite a few times but seem to be blocked on how to hook up my 3.5" floppy to work w/ the tape drive.
anybody have an idea on how to configure the two without a major monetary investment?