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Can an old internal floppy drive be used externally? Answered

I need a floppy drive to look at some old disks. I have an internal floppy drive that's from a Dell desktop computer. Any way to use this externally, usb?


Found this external floppy drive that went to an old laptop, the cable looks like the end of old printer cable. It fit onto the back of my desktop but wasn't recognized, I assume because it's not a printer. Anyway to get this to work?


Thanks, I think I'll look for an enclosure or maybe I can install the Dell floppy drive in my HP desktop?

You need to buy a drive enclosure and install the floppy drive inside the enclosure. The enclosure should come with either a parallel, serial or usb connection. Check: Tiger Direct

If you can get the cables hooked up and keep the exposed electronics from touching anything it will work just fine. Floppy drives and disks don't require dust free environments to run. I would wrap several layers of typing paper around the drive as long as there were no exposed moving parts, just to keep from shorting out anything.