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What is the floppy drive data cable called? [closed]

I'm talking about the 3.5" floppy drive. I did some research but could not come up with the proper name. What I know is that it uses a ribbon cable with a 34-pin variant of the 40-pin IDE, but it's ...
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Read floppy from OpenVMS machine

I have a floppy I need to read the contents from - unfortunately it was formatted and the data written on an OpenVMS server. I believe the floppy is formatted "Files-11" or similarly ODS2 and I can ...
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How to boot floppy image without floppy drive?

Suppose I have a 1.44 MB floppy image with, say, a BIOS update, and a server with no floppy drive. How do I boot this image on the server? Without getting a USB floppy drive, that is. I tried ...
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ESX guest machine floppy drives

What purpose does having a virtual floppy drive on a guest in ESX serve? Is there a way to configure ESX by default to NOT include such a device? It's annoying to have to remove it by hand once a new ...
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How to build USB “floppy” pen drive launching Windows 2008 Setup from USB DVD

One of my server motherboards supports booting from USB, but only from "USB Floppy" or "USB ZIP Drive". I followed various guides creating an active, bootable partition on the USB Pen Drive with the ...
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Floppy Images for use with VirtualPCs

I am trying to create a Virtual PC (using Microsoft's Virtual PC app) that will run MS DOS 6.22. Yeah, I know, what a waste of time but I do have a use for it. I have created the Virtual PC in the ...
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Map Floppy A drive to USB

I need a way to assign my windows A: drive to a usb. In fact multiple usb's keys and always the standard windows floppy drive A:. It doesn't need to be bootable... Yes I know that I can set the drive ...
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How to get files out of a floppy image

So, we bought some hardware for one of our aging servers. And, for whatever reason that utterly baffles me, the driver files do not exist on the included CD. Instead, they exist in floppy disk image ...
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Installing Windows Server 2003 on a TYAN MB with SATA RAID

I'm trying to install Win 2k3 Server on my new TYAN S5350 Motherboard. The controller is configured for a RAID 0 with 2x 500Gb Harddrives. I made a floppy disk with the drivers but it doesn't work: ...
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Best way to archive a floppy disk?

I have a floppy disk or 2 that I'd like to keep for a long time, and frankly I'm amazed that they've lasted this long. I'd like to make a copy on the hard disk that I can use to recreate the floppy if ...
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What are some free utilities for securely wiping data from a floppy disk?

I have a stack of old floppy disks in my server room and before disposing or donating them, I want to make sure they are cleaned. Can anyone suggest some free utilities (Windows or Linux) for securely ...
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USB floppy key

Does there exist a USB key that acts like a 1.44MB floppy drive? I know there are USB floppy drives and USB flash drives, but if I can find a floppy key, I can finally get rid of the floppy disks ...