Virtual floppy needed for Win98
Posted on 2001-07-11
OK, I've seen plenty of software packages for virtual CDROM drives to the hard disk, so does anyone know of a virtual PC floppy drive (to a hard disk)?
I've got a consulting client who bought $300 worth of RAID1 and networking gear to be able to back up a Win98 POS PC to a bigger workstation/server PC. All very smart and modern. Then the POS program shows up and only supports backup to floppy, if you can believe it, and complains that the next disk has not been inserted when spoofed (simply by telling it the floppy was 'S', a mapped drive share) to back up to the other machine's RAID. Must be checking the disk label or somesuch... So, I need to come up with a virtualized floppy drive.
OK, I know that I can use Win98's basic system backup utility to back up the program and its data files to the mapped RAID, so no points for pointing that out. Here's why that's no good: The people who wrote the POS software refuse to provide tech support if you've backed up from anything but floppies in the case that their FoxPro frontend hoses itself. While *I* could figure out restoring from 98's backup schedule my clients are, shall we say, not very technically sophisticated.
And then the *real* solution is to get decent POS software, but hey, it's not me who picked the thing and I have no say in that; I'm just their hardware advisor.
Also, yes, I know I could just spring $15 for a floppy drive for the POS (currently floppyless), but that wastes the $300 in networking and hot swappable RAID gear which has passed its 30 day return period, and really the goal of asking here is to generate ideas to save this investment.
I've searched Google for "virtual floppy" but it seems to turn up loads of Commodore TRS-80 emulators and other associated wackiness. Minor points to start in case the answer, as I fear, is 'no such beast', but I'm happy to increase it for an ingenious or hard to find solution.