"Kathleen" <Kathleen@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote ...
> compatible. I've looked all over the Internet for an external floppy disk
> drive that supports Vista. They all seem to stop at Windows XP. Are
> any floppy drives out there that support Vista?
It's always good to look for hardware which is specifically supported for
Vista by the manufacturer.
But USB floppy drives are fairly generic devices, so quite low-risk for
compatibility. As long as they identify themselves as a USB floppy drive,
they should "just work". Vista has built-in drivers to support USB floppy
drives. Vista should automatically recognise such a device when you plug it
I use an Imation floppy drive (see
). For me,
this has worked perfectly under Vista - I just pluged it in then started
reading and writing floppy disks. The Imation drive is actually a rebadged
Mitsumi drive, many other "manufacturers" also just put their label on a
Mitsumi drive and sell it as an "Acme USB Floppy" or whatever. So any drive
you buy, which is a Mitsumi drive inside, is likely to work with Vista.
Be more cautious with drives which also include built-in memory card
readers - some of these require hardware drivers supplied by the
manufacturer, so the chances of compatibility (while still reasonable) are
much lower, unless the manufacturer explicitly supports Vista.
> I have a ton of disks with
> lots of files on them. If I can't find one, those files are no good to
As a side-note, you might want to think about changing to a USB Flash Key as
movable storage - even an ultra-cheap 64MB key can hold the equivalent 50
floppy disks at a time. And the Flash memory is far more robust, and less
vulnerable to mechanical damage, than floppy disks (in fact compared to the
relibility of CPU, memory, hard disk etc, floppies are one of the most
fragile and unreliable components in the computer - which is why new
computers don't have them!) Copy all your floppy disks onto your hard disk
(where they will be more safely stored), then when you need to take some of
the files to and from work or school, just copy them onto your USB Flash
Hope it helps,