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xp does not find 5.25 floppy drive

I recently installed an older 5.25 floppy drive on my new computer (in order to copy older data to CD), changed the BIOS setting to 5.25 for the "a" drive.  Yet when XP started it did not find the floppy drive??  

Have I missed something?
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HynesCoCommented:
Have you verified the drive works in another machine?
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TG2Author Commented:
Yes, I currently have it back in my old machine doing some copying and is working fine.

I also set the drive in the new computer BIOS to the correct size 1.2mb 5.25
I looked in XP device manager and only could find the floppy controller, but no floppy.
When I looked in "My computer" there was also no A: drive (The 5.25 was set as my a: drive since I disconnected the 3.5 floppy drive)
I confirmed that the drive has power, since when I put a disk into the drive, the drive started to spin.

Not sure what else to do?
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beaker67Commented:
Try going to Start ---> Run and typing "A:\" - sometimes Windows will recongnize a drive but not show it in My Computer.
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TG2Author Commented:
I will try the Run a:\ and let you know
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oldgreyguyCommented:
/ was this the A or B drive in the system it was removed from.... you may have a jumper that needs to be changed on the drive

/what manufacturer/model is the floppy?
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goblin072Commented:
Make sure you do not have the cable pugged in backwards.   Some 3.5 floppys will let you plug the ribbon in both ways.  One way it works and the other it does not.  Just reverse the cable a see.

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Phill_upsonCommented:
Windows XP doesn't support 5.25" floppy drives at all, it also doesn't support writing to 720K 3.5" disks, but will at least read those for legacy reasons.

Only way to get your data is to boot from a dos 6.22 disk for example, format a 3.5" disk, use the xcopy command to copy your data, boot back into XP and you can get your data from your 3.5" disk

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oldgreyguyCommented:
that statement is not true, even tho they are old, tired, ancient, whatever... XP still supports 5.25 1.2mb floppies

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;309623
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goblin072Commented:
LOL Old grey guy.   It took an old timer to know for sure.  I'm 43 in computer years which in human years is like 150.  
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Phill_upsonCommented:
Bugger me, I apoligise for getting it wrong :(
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s317onCommented:
Although Microsoft says it supports the 5.25, I currently have one in my XP machine and the only way I can use it is to boot into DOS. Once in DOS I can use it fine. If I boot into Windows it sees the drive but cant access any disks. I think checking the jumpers is the best bet in your case though.
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