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  • Multiple Windows choices and external floppy drive.

    Can someone please explain how to delete the multiple Windows option that appears every time a PC first starts up. The CD drive failed to read a file when Windows XP was first installed, resulting in a second attempt needed with another CD. So the first WIN XP option never runs properly anyway.

    Also if I manage to get hold of an old 5.25 Floppy Drive to copy over some old software, would I be able to run the floppy externally using some sort of USB adapter?

    Thanks

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    Re: Multiple Windows choices and external floppy drive.

    You will need to edit the boot.ini file -- lots of information on on how to do it

    AFAIK 5.25 floppies will still run -- good luck!
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    • #3
      Re: Multiple Windows choices and external floppy drive.

      Thanks I will study it

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      • #4
        Re: Multiple Windows choices and external floppy drive.

        boot.ini or msconfig can be used to edit the startup options.

        A 5.25" drive should work internally if your PC has a floppy disk header on the motherboard, although you'll need to get a cable - they're usually different from 3.5" floppy cables. It's the big connector on the end IIRC.

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        • #5
          Re: Multiple Windows choices and external floppy drive.

          Thanks for your help guys, I managed to amend BOOT.INI to delete the unwanted option. I found the MSsupport the best help. But I am surprised they manage to completely hide BOOT.INI even when altering all Folders / View options to avoid hideing any files. Otherwise we could just locate and open it with notepad instead of using My Computer / Properties / Advanced options etc.

          I am lazy in not really wanting to open up my PC to run a 5.25 floppy I might be able to scrounge from the local Freecycle. I was hoping there was someway of connecting it externally like I understand a backup hard drive.

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          • #6
            Re: Multiple Windows choices and external floppy drive.

            I doubt it given that 5.25" drives run off the floppy bus rather than IDE or SATA or SCSI. I've never seen an external one, but then it's about 10 years since I last saw an internal one. I used to play Monkey Island off 5.25" disks, which shows how old I am getting
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            • #7
              Re: Multiple Windows choices and external floppy drive.

              Bet I am older than you cruachan being 76. Have alook at my site at
              http://www.sigord.co.uk/ to see what I mean. I thrive on keeping ' old stuf ' going which is why I would dearly love to resurect some old floppies.

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              • #8
                Re: Multiple Windows choices and external floppy drive.

                OK, you win, I am a mere youngster of 32.

                Seriously though, I had a quick scout around and as far as I can see 5.25" external floppy drives were rare and expensive back in the days when 5.25" drives were prevalent. If you can pick up a drive and cable cheaply I'd go down that route, particularly given the well known volatility of 5.25" disks and the possibility that some will not be recoverable. It'd be a real shame to splash out on something that may ultimately prove useless.

                There are also companies that specialise in data transfers from old media, but I doubt that'd be a cost effective option either.
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                • #9
                  Re: Multiple Windows choices and external floppy drive.

                  CopyQM was/is an excellent program that allows you to create a self extracting image of a floppy. It allows you to convert a 5.25" floppy to a 3.5" floppy as well as all the other various sizes (assuming the data will fit on a smaller floppy).

                  http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=e...aq=0&oq=copyqm

                  This will allow you to transfer all your 5.25" floppies to 3.5" and not have to have a 5.25" drive in your PC. All you would need is a USB 3.5" Floppy Drive.
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