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3.5" USB Floppy Disk Drive 1.44Mb, Black - Windows 7 Compatible

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  • High quality, light weight, portable design
  • Read and write to 1.44MB 3.5" floppy disks
  • Totally powered by the inbuilt USB cable - No external power supply required
  • Compatible with Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7
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Technical Details
BrandSFH Distribution
Item Weight299 g
Product Dimensions20.6 x 14.8 x 2.4 cm
Item model number3758-440
  
Additional Information
ASINB003UR9QQO
Best Sellers Rank 7,575 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight299 g
Date First Available4 July 2010
  
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A great and affordable way of retreiving your old data from floppy disks. Compatible with all 3.5" floppy disks, you can access your data from any Windows based PC, Laptop or Netbook. The drive is totally powered by the inbuilt USB cable, making it ultra portable.


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This is more like it! Readers should read my other review on a different £9.99 model which I sent back because it was temperamental with Windows 7. This worked first time beautifully across a range of machines all running Windows 7. It reads the discs, writes to them and asks you to format them only when they are actually uinformatted. It comes with no installation disc because it is truly plug and play and doesn't need one. On all machines, Windows recognised the device and found the correct driver.

OK, it is about 3 quid more expensive (peanuts) but now I can actually get on with what I wanted to do in the first place, rather than battling with some rubbish that refused to work properly.

My only criticism is that the USB lead is rather short, less than 0.5 m. You can't stand it on a desktop machine and plug it in round the back for example. You've got to use the front USB's. This is why I have marked it down by 1*. But it is said by another reviewer to work with a USB extension lead. I haven't tried it yet, but I expect it will.

It is actually a TEAC drive inside, which probably says it all. If you want an external floppy drive, grab this one.
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On my Windows XP SP3 PC, the drive was up and running within seconds of being plugged in. It read about 50 diskettes from my 90s' backups of accounts and payroll without any hitch on all but two of the diskettes. Though I cannot rely on my memory totally, I recall having trouble recording onto diskettes prior to the disk drive on the PC I was using at the time failing completely. My hunch is that these two diskettes were corrupted or improperly formatted and that is why the USB drive would not accept them. Certainly I do not criticise the USB drive at all for not reading them.

So, I am pleased to have been able to transfer those backups without fuss or hold-up onto up-to-date media. (Quite what I shall ever need to do with such historic data is another question.) My impression was that the USB drive accessed and read diskettes every bit as quickly as did the built-in drives of the PCs on which the back-ups were created. I have not tried the drive on a Windows 7 machine, as perhaps I should have done in order to contribute more than I have to this review.
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The drive arrived very promptly and worked without any problem. I have used it to download data from old floppy disk, and this has worked out a charm.
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Great external USB floppy drive. Very useful for installing RAID drivers when building a PC where you want to install Windows on a RAID volume. I have uploaded some photos of this product, which I hope will be useful. The main reason for writing this review however, is to point out that the USB cable is rather short. This is probably as it is expected that the drive will be used with a laptop. Some USB devices, especially those that draw all of their power from the USB port, have trouble working with certain USB extension leads. I can confirm that this drive seems to work fine with the following 1m extension lead.

1m USB 2.0 Extension Cable - Premium Quality / A Male to A Female / High Speed 480Mbps
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Despite having quite a sophisticated computer, sometimes you need due to problems associated with software need an external floppy disc to reboot the system.

This for the money works really well and has given no problems.
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I received my Gembird USB Floppy reader (with no CD as I read in other reviews) plugged it into PC port, my new Windows 7 pc recognised it in aeconds, but no joy with reading ANY of my floppys, everytime it asked to 'format the disk first' but I wasnt ever going to do that and risk losing my files, so its back to Amazon this Gembird will be flying.
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We have a semi-professional midi keyboard that only takes 3.5" floppy disks. Today's laptops, don't come with these, so began the hunt for a USB 3.5" floppy drive that would take and format 720k floppies and run on W7. First purchase (from a competitor) provided a useless unit that refused to work. 'Try it in on a machine running XP' came the reply to my complaint that it refused to work - 'I'll work on that'. Having dusted-off my old XP laptop, spend hours. literally, whilst it ran hundreds of updates, I was at last ready to plug the USB floppy drive in. Guess what? Still didn't work. Oh yes it buzzed and farted and reported that the floppy needed formatting (it didn't as it was working in the keyboard nor would it format a new one, I gave-up. Having read the reviews on the 3.5" floppy being offered by SFH Distribution I decided to buy one from them. It arrived, with baited breathe, I plugged it in. It worked immediately, displayed the contents of the disk, accessed it, played a selected track, formatted a new one. It was a pleasure to use. Why had I wasted so much time with the other one?
Summary. Don't waste your money on cheaper units. If you want a 3.5" USB floppy drive that really works with plug and play - buy this one!
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I was pleasantly surprised with how quickly this Floppy Drive arrived after I'd ordered it. The unit iself came with a driver on a small CD, but I didn't need that because both of my Windows 7 computers recognised the hardware as soon as I plugged it in. I have a collection of over 300 floppy disks whose contents I've been itching to look at for quite a while now, and I grabbed a handful of them at random to test out initially. Each diskette was instantly accessed but, unfortunately, the files on a couple of them couldn't be read because I no longer have the appropriate software in which they were written. However, that's not a major issue per se, as I am sure many of the remaining floppies will reveal their 'secrets' in due course, so that I may then save them to DVD for future use. I would say that this is one of my better add-on computer purchases and, when my wife deigns to give me a bit more pocket money, I will maybe buy a second one so that each computer has its own dedicated Floppy Disk Drive.
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