• 3.5" USB Floppy Disk Drive External Portable 1.44 MB FDD for PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/8/10 +Dustproof Scratch-Resistant External Bag Case,No External Driver,Plug and Play
  • 3.5" USB Floppy Disk Drive External Portable 1.44 MB FDD for PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/8/10 +Dustproof Scratch-Resistant External Bag Case,No External Driver,Plug and Play
  • 3.5" USB Floppy Disk Drive External Portable 1.44 MB FDD for PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/8/10 +Dustproof Scratch-Resistant External Bag Case,No External Driver,Plug and Play
  • 3.5" USB Floppy Disk Drive External Portable 1.44 MB FDD for PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/8/10 +Dustproof Scratch-Resistant External Bag Case,No External Driver,Plug and Play
  • 3.5" USB Floppy Disk Drive External Portable 1.44 MB FDD for PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/8/10 +Dustproof Scratch-Resistant External Bag Case,No External Driver,Plug and Play
  • 3.5" USB Floppy Disk Drive External Portable 1.44 MB FDD for PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/8/10 +Dustproof Scratch-Resistant External Bag Case,No External Driver,Plug and Play
  • 3.5" USB Floppy Disk Drive External Portable 1.44 MB FDD for PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/8/10 +Dustproof Scratch-Resistant External Bag Case,No External Driver,Plug and Play
  • 3.5" USB Floppy Disk Drive External Portable 1.44 MB FDD for PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/8/10 +Dustproof Scratch-Resistant External Bag Case,No External Driver,Plug and Play
  • 3.5" USB Floppy Disk Drive External Portable 1.44 MB FDD for PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/8/10 +Dustproof Scratch-Resistant External Bag Case,No External Driver,Plug and Play
3.5" USB Floppy Disk Drive External Portable 1.44 MB FDD for PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/8/10 +Dustproof Scratch-Resistant External Bag Case,No External Driver,Plug and Play
3.5" USB Floppy Disk Drive External Portable 1.44 MB FDD for PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/8/10 +Dustproof Scratch-Resistant External Bag Case,No External Driver,Plug and Play
3.5" USB Floppy Disk Drive External Portable 1.44 MB FDD for PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/8/10 +Dustproof Scratch-Resistant External Bag Case,No External Driver,Plug and Play
3.5" USB Floppy Disk Drive External Portable 1.44 MB FDD for PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/8/10 +Dustproof Scratch-Resistant External Bag Case,No External Driver,Plug and Play
3.5" USB Floppy Disk Drive External Portable 1.44 MB FDD for PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/8/10 +Dustproof Scratch-Resistant External Bag Case,No External Driver,Plug and Play
3.5" USB Floppy Disk Drive External Portable 1.44 MB FDD for PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/8/10 +Dustproof Scratch-Resistant External Bag Case,No External Driver,Plug and Play
3.5" USB Floppy Disk Drive External Portable 1.44 MB FDD for PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/8/10 +Dustproof Scratch-Resistant External Bag Case,No External Driver,Plug and Play
3.5" USB Floppy Disk Drive External Portable 1.44 MB FDD for PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/8/10 +Dustproof Scratch-Resistant External Bag Case,No External Driver,Plug and Play
3.5" USB Floppy Disk Drive External Portable 1.44 MB FDD for PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/8/10 +Dustproof Scratch-Resistant External Bag Case,No External Driver,Plug and Play

3.5" USB Floppy Disk Drive External Portable 1.44 MB FDD for PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/8/10 +Dustproof Scratch-Resistant External Bag Case,No External Driver,Plug and Play

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  • Give new life to your old floppies, get your memory from old floppies
  • Portable External Floppy Disk Drive,High quality hard plastic enclosure,durable and very nice looking
  • Plug and play, no extra driver required, just plug it into usb connector directly, it will automatically install driver by itself
  • Powered directly from the USB port, no external power required.USB 1.1/2.0 compatible,Read/Write 1.44 MB floppy disk
  • ideal for Desktops and Laptops, Support Windows98/ SE /ME / 2000 / XP / Vista/Win 7/Win 8 Notebook,PC,Desktop,for Dell, for Acer, for Sony,for HP etc, Note: it's not compatible with MAC

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It's a USB floppy drive, and it works as one. Look, this isn't complicated. You want to access some floppies and your modern motherboard doesn't have a header to install one. You buy a USB solution, and Windows supports it natively, and it works.In my case, I need one for at work. I'm a museum drone and we have innumerable caches of 3.5" floppies, both in collections and from previous staff. This has worked for all I've tried it with.Note: your experience will vary with the format of the disks. If you are trying to read Mac format disks, you will need software which can read it. If you are trying to read Atari format, you will need software which can read it. So on and so forth. Windows can only natively understand IBM formats, although it should be backwards compatible so your modern Windows PC should be able to read a single-sided 360kb disk from the early 80s.Note 2: Your floppies may not be good anymore. The data will degrade, and the physical structure of the media will degrade. Older floppies tend to have a greater lifespan, newer floppies were made more cheaply (same with newer laser-read media) and don't last as long. Although, I was surprised to see an off brand floppy from the mid 2000s still read.No complaints. It's a good drive. Plug it in and you're good to go.I only wish there were easy solutions for 5.25" disks (there's a kit for that, but it isn't particularly cheap). Or reasonably priced USB drives to read Zip disks (original drives are becoming way too expensive). Those are my two next challenges at work. 5Excellent buy I originally bought a different external floppy drive. It required over a minute for the system to "mount" and was unable to read any of the floppies that I know had good data on. I returned it a bought the Chuanganzhuo.This drive was a great experience. It read the floppy immediately. It is accessed through Printers & Devices, right click on the floppy drive and select Browse. A replacement window opens with the Floppy Drive shown as the "A" drive.I had no problem reading 1.44 or 720 disks.The unit is well built with a solid feel to the floppy insertion and extraction process. Comes with a handy carrying pouch, 5Need a floppy drive? Look no further This floppy drive did exactly what I needed it to do, i.e. get data from old floppy disks into a modern system. The device is true plug-and-play... plugs into a USB socket and requires no extra software installation to use. My only complaint about it is that when you eject a disk, the entire device goes away in Windows Explorer and does not automatically come back when another disk is inserted. Thus, changing disks requires extra steps in order to make the new contents visible, which is inconvenient; but that's a small price to pay compared to, say, not being able to retrieve your old data at all because it's stored on an outdated medium. Right? Data access is slower with this drive also (compared to an internal drive), but that's to be expected given that it goes through a serial port (USB) versus an internal parallel bus. Again, a small inconvenience compared to losing your old files completely. I'm happy with my purchase.Oh, for the record, yes you can write to floppy disks with this device also; it's not just for retrieving data. Thus, after I retrieved the old data off of a floppy, I was able to wipe out (i.e. DoD style erase) the floppy disk's contents. 4Works when it wants to. This product will read a floppy disc, then it won't. You have to unplug it and plug it back into the computer and then it starts to work again, only to fail again; very annoying; especially when you have a few hundred floppy disc to go through. I've done my research and tried every trick in the book to make this device work consistently, all to no avail. 1Like so many others Like so many others, I ordered this to make sure that I preserve the files on my old floppies that deserve to be saved. Plug 'n Play? Not at all. I ordered it about a month ago but have not had time to use it until today........it was DOA. I plugged it into the USB port, it "screeched" for about two minutes then went silent. The computer does not recognize the device. I tried it on another computer just for fun with the same results. Unfortunately, all other "brands" offered on Amazon appear to be exactly the same (just a different name) so I am leery about another brand. Mine will go to the same final resting place as another customer....the trash. 1Simple, Easy and Cost Effective Floppy Drive Solution This was only going to be a one or two time use purchase, so I didn't want or need anything too expensive. This item had decent reviews and was one of the cheaper options, so I thought I'd go for it.Bottom line is, it works just fine. Connecting it to my laptop via a USB hub wasn't a problem, although I did use a powered USB port just in case. It read the floppies I needed it to and all went well.When you connect it, it's not obvious Windows (Windows 10 Pro 64 bit) has recognized it. Nothing happens. A new drive letter does not appear in Windows Explorer. Even putting a floppy in the drive doesn't make it respond in any noticeable way. To get things going I moused over the "Safely remove hardware and eject media" icon on the task bar and selected Open Devices and Printers. The floppy drive appears in the Devices section as TEACV0.0. I right clicked on this icon and the drive came to life. From the pop-up menu I selected Browse Files -> Floppy Disk Drive (A:) and I was off to the races. A familiar Windows Explorer window appeared with a directory listing of what was on the floppy disc I'd just inserted. From there it was a simple case of copy and paste to another disc. Easy.I have several old 3.5" IDE floppy disc drives in a box somewhere. I could have found a way to plumb one of those into my modern setup, but for $11.95, my time was better spent buying this USB solution.I'll probably never use it again which is a shame because it works great and there's nothing wrong with it. It's a simple, plug 'n' play solution that was cheap enough to make it a no brainer purchase. Recommended. 5Five Thumbs Up I have a lot of photos and some (now semi) important information stored on 2 shoe boxes of floppys dating as far back as '97. There's also a few photos that are extremely important that I needed to to find and get printed out ASAP before they became lost forever to corruption.After checking reviews, I decided to take a chance on the Chuanganzhuo floppy drive and received it quickly and very well packed. I run Linux Mint and had no problem getting started right out of the box, as it was Plug N Play... NOTE: the manufacturer suggests plugging the floppy drive into a REAR USB interface or motherboard directly. If connected through a USB hub, USB extension cable or frontal USB interface, it may not be recognized by the computer because it cannot get sufficient power. That said, I forgot and used the front port without a hitch.So far I've retrieved 162 photos (16 corrupted) and one video off 11 floppys; all without a hiccup... I am SO relieved to finally be able to get the photos I need off these old floppy before they all (eventually) succumb to droid rot. 5I was disappointed: I could only access 2 of the 6 ... I had about 6 3.5" disks, and wanted to transfer the files .At first, I was disappointed: I could only access 2 of the 6 disks. But, it looks like they were either Mac or Apple ][gs disks, which cannot be read with a normal IBM drive (from what I understand).I then found a stack of about 25 more 3.5" disks. Guess what? All 25 copied without a hitch! I had read in forums that 15+ year old 3.5" floppy disks rarely still worked. But some of the disks were as old as 1988 -- nearly 30 years, with most around 1992-1995 (20+ years). So don't assume old floppies won't be readable!What you do need to be aware of is that most 3.5" drives will not read many non-IBM disks (like the guy that gave it 2 stars because it wouldn't read a 3.5" disk made from a word processing typewriter). So don't expect it to read Mac, Apple ][, or other non-IBM disks; it wasn't designed to do that.The first couple of times I used it, for some reason it seemed like I had to unplug the USB cable to get it to recognize when I put in a new disk. Doing the stack of 25 disks today, I didn't need to unplug it at all. So if it doesn't seem like it works, it might be worth trying to unplug the USB cable and plug it back in again before assuming it doesn't work, although it shouldn't be necessary. 5Hard to use with Windows 10. Does not play well with Windows 10. After 45 minutes I found a post that worked for me. I have asked the seller for more information.Start post ---After 6 hours this worked for me. I have the Teac drive also and it appeared to install correctly, but did not show up in Windows Explorer. During a boot up the drive clicks and spins like 3.5" drives did on older systems if there is diskette in the drive. I opened "Devices and Printers" in the Control Panel and the drive was there. With the diskette still inserted, right click on the Teac icon and select "Browse files > Floppy Disk Drive (A:)". File Explorer should open up and you will see the files on the floppy listed. You will now see "Floppy Disk Drive (A:)" listed under "This PC". Right click on "Floppy Disk Drive (A:)" and select "Pin to Quick access". "Floppy Disk Drive (A:)" should appear under "Quick access". Although "Floppy Disk Drive (A:)" will disappear from "This PC" after you close and reopen File Explorer, it will remain under "Quick access" and you can access it from there. It appears that W10 now thinks there is an internal drive "(A:)" because if you right click it "Eject" does not appear as an option. Why it disappears from "This PC" is a mystery.Note: On my machine (ASUS) if I take out the diskette or disconnect the drive, "Floppy Disk Drive (A:)" stays in the "Quick access" menu. So no need to keep a diskette in the drive all the time or even have it connected all the time. Worked fine after I reconnected it.Note 1: Under "Devices and Printers" the Drive was identified as "TEAC FD-05PUB". If you get something different (assuming you have a TEAC) try running "Troubleshoot" and see if that corrects it.End post --- 3Tale of Five Floppy Drives I was trying to recover data from floppies to my Windows 10 Home machine. I ended up trying five different devices and am posting my review to let you know my results.First, all five devices worked PERFECTLY on my Windows 7 Pro laptop. However, when plugging in to my Windows 10 machine, three of them would only sit and spin with the drive light on, even though they were recognized as drives by Win10.After a little looking, I found that the devices that worked on my Windows 10 machine identified themselves and used the driver for the Y-E Data USB floppy, while the devices that just sat and spun identified themselves and used the driver for a TEAC floppy drive. So there must be a little difference in the internal configuration of the drive that is causing the issue.I tried 5 devices and found that the Tendak USB Floppy Disk Drive worked perfectly, as did the Esynic USB Floppy Drive . Both identified as Y-E Data USB floppy drives. When they were plugged in, they worked smoothly and quietly. It was a toss-up which one to choose to keep, but I eventually went with the Tendak because it seemed slightly quieter and faster, but that was really subjective. The Tendak also had more information such as a warranty card and information on how to contact support, while the Esynic box was empty. As far as quality of the drive, they seemed identical. If I had needed more than one drive, I would have kept them both.For me, initially the Sabrent External USB 1.44 MB 2x Floppy Disk Drive (FL-UDRV) seemed the nicest. The box was glossy with information covering it, you'd expect to see this sitting on a shelf in a big box store. (All other drives came in plain brown boxes). There were touches of quality in how the drive was packed, the box was made to fit it with a area for the cable to fit in and a dust cover over the USB end to keep it clean. It came with a beautiful guide to using the floppy, including information like the write-protect switch and not removing a floppy while the drive light is on, that newer users would not be familiar with. They also had a support phone number, and the person who answered seemed to be an American. Unfortunately, this was one of the devices that would not work on my Windows 10 machine. It identified as a TEAC USB Floppy drive, and when plugged in it simply had the drive light turn on and continuously seek for data. It worked perfectly in my Windows 7 machine, and was very fast and smooth. The support representative was not aware of any issue that would prevent it from working on my machine, and it does work on other people's Windows 10 machines. If I hadn't needed it working on my Windows 10 machine as well, I would have kept this one in a heartbeat. From other reviews, it appears that it works on other people's Windows 10 machines, so I'd recommend you at least try it.The last two devices were both from Chuanganzhuo. 3.5" USB External Floppy Disk Drive Portable 1.44 MB FDD for PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8/10,for Mac,No Extra Driver Required,Plug and Play,Black and the 3.5" USB External Floppy Disk Drive Portable 1.44 MB FDD for PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/8/10 +Dustproof Scratch-Resistant External Bag Case,No External Driver,Plug and Play. Both devices worked fine on Windows 7 Pro, but on Windows 10 Home they immediately had the drive light up and started a very loud seek process that never finished. These devices were louder than any other drive I tested, but did work just fine under Windows 7. Both used the TEAC USB Floppy driver as well.My conclusion: If you are lucky enough to be one of those whose computers will use the Sabrent External USB 1.44 MB 2x Floppy Disk Drive (FL-UDRV), get that drive. It is quality. If you can't, either the Tendak USB Floppy Disk Drive or the Esynic USB Floppy Drive will probably make you happy. 3
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It's a USB floppy drive, and it works as one. Look, this isn't complicated. You want to access some floppies and your modern motherboard doesn't have a header to install one. You buy a USB solution, and Windows supports it natively, and it works.In my case, I need one for at work. I'm a museum drone and we have innumerable caches of 3.5" floppies, both in collections and from previous staff. This has worked for all I've tried it with.Note: your experience will vary with the format of the disks. If you are trying to read Mac format disks, you will need software which can read it. If you are trying to read Atari format, you will need software which can read it. So on and so forth. Windows can only natively understand IBM formats, although it should be backwards compatible so your modern Windows PC should be able to read a single-sided 360kb disk from the early 80s.Note 2: Your floppies may not be good anymore. The data will degrade, and the physical structure of the media will degrade. Older floppies tend to have a greater lifespan, newer floppies were made more cheaply (same with newer laser-read media) and don't last as long. Although, I was surprised to see an off brand floppy from the mid 2000s still read.No complaints. It's a good drive. Plug it in and you're good to go.I only wish there were easy solutions for 5.25" disks (there's a kit for that, but it isn't particularly cheap). Or reasonably priced USB drives to read Zip disks (original drives are becoming way too expensive). Those are my two next challenges at work. 5Excellent buy I originally bought a different external floppy drive. It required over a minute for the system to "mount" and was unable to read any of the floppies that I know had good data on. I returned it a bought the Chuanganzhuo.This drive was a great experience. It read the floppy immediately. It is accessed through Printers & Devices, right click on the floppy drive and select Browse. A replacement window opens with the Floppy Drive shown as the "A" drive.I had no problem reading 1.44 or 720 disks.The unit is well built with a solid feel to the floppy insertion and extraction process. Comes with a handy carrying pouch, 5Need a floppy drive? Look no further This floppy drive did exactly what I needed it to do, i.e. get data from old floppy disks into a modern system. The device is true plug-and-play... plugs into a USB socket and requires no extra software installation to use. My only complaint about it is that when you eject a disk, the entire device goes away in Windows Explorer and does not automatically come back when another disk is inserted. Thus, changing disks requires extra steps in order to make the new contents visible, which is inconvenient; but that's a small price to pay compared to, say, not being able to retrieve your old data at all because it's stored on an outdated medium. Right? Data access is slower with this drive also (compared to an internal drive), but that's to be expected given that it goes through a serial port (USB) versus an internal parallel bus. Again, a small inconvenience compared to losing your old files completely. I'm happy with my purchase.Oh, for the record, yes you can write to floppy disks with this device also; it's not just for retrieving data. Thus, after I retrieved the old data off of a floppy, I was able to wipe out (i.e. DoD style erase) the floppy disk's contents. 4Works when it wants to. This product will read a floppy disc, then it won't. You have to unplug it and plug it back into the computer and then it starts to work again, only to fail again; very annoying; especially when you have a few hundred floppy disc to go through. I've done my research and tried every trick in the book to make this device work consistently, all to no avail. 1Like so many others Like so many others, I ordered this to make sure that I preserve the files on my old floppies that deserve to be saved. Plug 'n Play? Not at all. I ordered it about a month ago but have not had time to use it until today........it was DOA. I plugged it into the USB port, it "screeched" for about two minutes then went silent. The computer does not recognize the device. I tried it on another computer just for fun with the same results. Unfortunately, all other "brands" offered on Amazon appear to be exactly the same (just a different name) so I am leery about another brand. Mine will go to the same final resting place as another customer....the trash. 1Simple, Easy and Cost Effective Floppy Drive Solution This was only going to be a one or two time use purchase, so I didn't want or need anything too expensive. This item had decent reviews and was one of the cheaper options, so I thought I'd go for it.Bottom line is, it works just fine. Connecting it to my laptop via a USB hub wasn't a problem, although I did use a powered USB port just in case. It read the floppies I needed it to and all went well.When you connect it, it's not obvious Windows (Windows 10 Pro 64 bit) has recognized it. Nothing happens. A new drive letter does not appear in Windows Explorer. Even putting a floppy in the drive doesn't make it respond in any noticeable way. To get things going I moused over the "Safely remove hardware and eject media" icon on the task bar and selected Open Devices and Printers. The floppy drive appears in the Devices section as TEACV0.0. I right clicked on this icon and the drive came to life. From the pop-up menu I selected Browse Files -> Floppy Disk Drive (A:) and I was off to the races. A familiar Windows Explorer window appeared with a directory listing of what was on the floppy disc I'd just inserted. From there it was a simple case of copy and paste to another disc. Easy.I have several old 3.5" IDE floppy disc drives in a box somewhere. I could have found a way to plumb one of those into my modern setup, but for $11.95, my time was better spent buying this USB solution.I'll probably never use it again which is a shame because it works great and there's nothing wrong with it. It's a simple, plug 'n' play solution that was cheap enough to make it a no brainer purchase. Recommended. 5Five Thumbs Up I have a lot of photos and some (now semi) important information stored on 2 shoe boxes of floppys dating as far back as '97. There's also a few photos that are extremely important that I needed to to find and get printed out ASAP before they became lost forever to corruption.After checking reviews, I decided to take a chance on the Chuanganzhuo floppy drive and received it quickly and very well packed. I run Linux Mint and had no problem getting started right out of the box, as it was Plug N Play... NOTE: the manufacturer suggests plugging the floppy drive into a REAR USB interface or motherboard directly. If connected through a USB hub, USB extension cable or frontal USB interface, it may not be recognized by the computer because it cannot get sufficient power. That said, I forgot and used the front port without a hitch.So far I've retrieved 162 photos (16 corrupted) and one video off 11 floppys; all without a hiccup... I am SO relieved to finally be able to get the photos I need off these old floppy before they all (eventually) succumb to droid rot. 5I was disappointed: I could only access 2 of the 6 ... I had about 6 3.5" disks, and wanted to transfer the files .At first, I was disappointed: I could only access 2 of the 6 disks. But, it looks like they were either Mac or Apple ][gs disks, which cannot be read with a normal IBM drive (from what I understand).I then found a stack of about 25 more 3.5" disks. Guess what? All 25 copied without a hitch! I had read in forums that 15+ year old 3.5" floppy disks rarely still worked. But some of the disks were as old as 1988 -- nearly 30 years, with most around 1992-1995 (20+ years). So don't assume old floppies won't be readable!What you do need to be aware of is that most 3.5" drives will not read many non-IBM disks (like the guy that gave it 2 stars because it wouldn't read a 3.5" disk made from a word processing typewriter). So don't expect it to read Mac, Apple ][, or other non-IBM disks; it wasn't designed to do that.The first couple of times I used it, for some reason it seemed like I had to unplug the USB cable to get it to recognize when I put in a new disk. Doing the stack of 25 disks today, I didn't need to unplug it at all. So if it doesn't seem like it works, it might be worth trying to unplug the USB cable and plug it back in again before assuming it doesn't work, although it shouldn't be necessary. 5Hard to use with Windows 10. Does not play well with Windows 10. After 45 minutes I found a post that worked for me. I have asked the seller for more information.Start post ---After 6 hours this worked for me. I have the Teac drive also and it appeared to install correctly, but did not show up in Windows Explorer. During a boot up the drive clicks and spins like 3.5" drives did on older systems if there is diskette in the drive. I opened "Devices and Printers" in the Control Panel and the drive was there. With the diskette still inserted, right click on the Teac icon and select "Browse files > Floppy Disk Drive (A:)". File Explorer should open up and you will see the files on the floppy listed. You will now see "Floppy Disk Drive (A:)" listed under "This PC". Right click on "Floppy Disk Drive (A:)" and select "Pin to Quick access". "Floppy Disk Drive (A:)" should appear under "Quick access". Although "Floppy Disk Drive (A:)" will disappear from "This PC" after you close and reopen File Explorer, it will remain under "Quick access" and you can access it from there. It appears that W10 now thinks there is an internal drive "(A:)" because if you right click it "Eject" does not appear as an option. Why it disappears from "This PC" is a mystery.Note: On my machine (ASUS) if I take out the diskette or disconnect the drive, "Floppy Disk Drive (A:)" stays in the "Quick access" menu. So no need to keep a diskette in the drive all the time or even have it connected all the time. Worked fine after I reconnected it.Note 1: Under "Devices and Printers" the Drive was identified as "TEAC FD-05PUB". If you get something different (assuming you have a TEAC) try running "Troubleshoot" and see if that corrects it.End post --- 3Tale of Five Floppy Drives I was trying to recover data from floppies to my Windows 10 Home machine. I ended up trying five different devices and am posting my review to let you know my results.First, all five devices worked PERFECTLY on my Windows 7 Pro laptop. However, when plugging in to my Windows 10 machine, three of them would only sit and spin with the drive light on, even though they were recognized as drives by Win10.After a little looking, I found that the devices that worked on my Windows 10 machine identified themselves and used the driver for the Y-E Data USB floppy, while the devices that just sat and spun identified themselves and used the driver for a TEAC floppy drive. So there must be a little difference in the internal configuration of the drive that is causing the issue.I tried 5 devices and found that the Tendak USB Floppy Disk Drive worked perfectly, as did the Esynic USB Floppy Drive . Both identified as Y-E Data USB floppy drives. When they were plugged in, they worked smoothly and quietly. It was a toss-up which one to choose to keep, but I eventually went with the Tendak because it seemed slightly quieter and faster, but that was really subjective. The Tendak also had more information such as a warranty card and information on how to contact support, while the Esynic box was empty. As far as quality of the drive, they seemed identical. If I had needed more than one drive, I would have kept them both.For me, initially the Sabrent External USB 1.44 MB 2x Floppy Disk Drive (FL-UDRV) seemed the nicest. The box was glossy with information covering it, you'd expect to see this sitting on a shelf in a big box store. (All other drives came in plain brown boxes). There were touches of quality in how the drive was packed, the box was made to fit it with a area for the cable to fit in and a dust cover over the USB end to keep it clean. It came with a beautiful guide to using the floppy, including information like the write-protect switch and not removing a floppy while the drive light is on, that newer users would not be familiar with. They also had a support phone number, and the person who answered seemed to be an American. Unfortunately, this was one of the devices that would not work on my Windows 10 machine. It identified as a TEAC USB Floppy drive, and when plugged in it simply had the drive light turn on and continuously seek for data. It worked perfectly in my Windows 7 machine, and was very fast and smooth. The support representative was not aware of any issue that would prevent it from working on my machine, and it does work on other people's Windows 10 machines. If I hadn't needed it working on my Windows 10 machine as well, I would have kept this one in a heartbeat. From other reviews, it appears that it works on other people's Windows 10 machines, so I'd recommend you at least try it.The last two devices were both from Chuanganzhuo. 3.5" USB External Floppy Disk Drive Portable 1.44 MB FDD for PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8/10,for Mac,No Extra Driver Required,Plug and Play,Black and the 3.5" USB External Floppy Disk Drive Portable 1.44 MB FDD for PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/8/10 +Dustproof Scratch-Resistant External Bag Case,No External Driver,Plug and Play. Both devices worked fine on Windows 7 Pro, but on Windows 10 Home they immediately had the drive light up and started a very loud seek process that never finished. These devices were louder than any other drive I tested, but did work just fine under Windows 7. Both used the TEAC USB Floppy driver as well.My conclusion: If you are lucky enough to be one of those whose computers will use the Sabrent External USB 1.44 MB 2x Floppy Disk Drive (FL-UDRV), get that drive. It is quality. If you can't, either the Tendak USB Floppy Disk Drive or the Esynic USB Floppy Drive will probably make you happy. 3
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