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USB drive as floppy drive...

Hi Experts,

is there a way to set up a USB drive as a floppy drive (a:\)?

thks!
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rindiCommented:
You can buy USB floppy drives and if the PC's BIOS isn't too old, that isn't a problem. Some modern PC's only have USB floppy drives!
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m_renaudAuthor Commented:
I fact, i need the floppy drive when i boot the PC to set up something. I have a USB floppy drive... but am unable to boot from it... or any else USB drive... that's why i'm asking?!?

thks
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rindiCommented:
You need a BIOS you can boot from. If your PC doesn't have such a BIOS, then you won't be able to boot from such a floppy. Most modern BIOSes do boot from USB, but older ones can't do that.
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scrathcyboyCommented:
You just do it in the BIOS, set the USB drive to a floppy boot and that is all.  Most modern BIOSes have this option./
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phototropicCommented:
This issue is dealt with here:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Q_21220965.html

If your BIOS is of an age which will not support booting from USB, you could consider updating it.
There is currently pressure on m/board manufacturers to standardise this issue:

http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/storage/usb-boot.mspx

Good luck!
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logic0004Commented:
Well, what u r looking for is quite an easy task, but depends on ur motherboard. If ur system is not too old then it should support boot from USB drive.

Start up the system and keep pressing "F2" or "Del" or "Esc" to go to the SetUp. The keys mentioned varies with motherboards. Once u r in the BIOS, go to the BOOT tab and check out whether ur system supports boot from USB device or not. If it does then, make that as ur 1st boot priority.

Hopefully this servers ur purpose....
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phototropicCommented:
Between us, it looks like we gave m renaud the fullest answer he/she could reasonably have expected.
Why do so many questioners generate research and debate, and then just disappear withoput reporting back?
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m_renaudAuthor Commented:
the answer: there is bigger problems then computers!

BUT... Sorry to not giving feedback!

my problem is, i don't have floppy drive on my desktop. When i install WIndows XP on a Raid1 disk, i need floppy to set the Raid drivers during the installation...
if i try with a USB floppy drive, WinXP don't see any floppy!

Thks
(i'm going to be more vigilant)
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rindiCommented:
When you don't have a floppy and you need to setup XP or win2k or a similar windows os which needs non-standard drivers for the disk controller, you will have to make an unattended or slipstreamed installation CD which includes those drivers, that way you won't need a floppy. The following link is a very good tool to make such slipstreamed CD's. A further good thing about this is it is already combined with SP2.

http://www.nliteos.com
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m_renaudAuthor Commented:
Great!! thank you very much!
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rindiCommented:
your welcome.
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