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    Forcing a USB floppy drive to be assigned A:

    Really struggling with this (constant interruptions)

    Have a USB floppy drive that's used for OFFLINE OCR exams - this software needs the drive to be assigned A: to work - even turning off the FDC in the BIOS still makes the drive B: (or worse)

    I've hunted around for a script to force the reassignment of the drive to A: but nothing seems to work.

    Can anyone help?

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    try a look on google and looke for "usbdlm"
    we use it and assign drive letters to removeovalbe usb drives.
    but dont know if it will work with A:

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    USB drive letter manager - USBDLM, and yes you can use A: (provided it's not already assigned to anything).

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    That's unusual. Usually disabling the floppy drive in the BIOS should allow you to use A:\

    What about physically disconnecting the 34pin floppy cable or remove power to the floppy drive completely?

    The only reason (as far as I can see) the USB drive is using B:\, is because A:\ is still in use.

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    An alternative you could try is a virtual floppy drive. If you google that, you should find what you're looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    An alternative you could try is a virtual floppy drive. If you google that, you should find what you're looking for.
    There actually isn't a FDD connected - the motherboard seems to be telling Windows there is even with it disabled :crying:

    I would love to make it virtual but it's often an actual disc that this outside group bring in... don't know why I go out of my way to do things like this...

    I will investigate the suggestion above - thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by gwendes View Post
    There actually isn't a FDD connected - the motherboard seems to be telling Windows there is even with it disabled :crying:

    I would love to make it virtual but it's often an actual disc that this outside group bring in... don't know why I go out of my way to do things like this...

    I will investigate the suggestion above - thanks
    I'll bet Windows has assigned it to B at some point and is remembering. You can change its letter in Computer Management -> Disk Management.

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    I've only had 1 type of pen drive work with the offline exams - currently AWOL on my desk somewhere, but it was a particular type where it had a separate partition which automatically detected as a floppy drive at the same time you plugged the stick in. Even that proved unreliable - at one point for the smaller groups tests we bought a batch of USB floppy drives instead. After 1 nightmare session I gave up and set up the local server version instead. If you're desperate let me know and I'll tidy my desk to find the usb stick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey View Post
    I'll bet Windows has assigned it to B at some point and is remembering. You can change its letter in Computer Management -> Disk Management.
    Can't be - clean install! I've just tried with USBDLM and it can't force A: - the drive is still assigned B:

    Any other suggestions?

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    Can I remove A: on boot and then it should assign the correct letter?

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    There were 2 separate points in the BIOS that I had to change - it may depend on your PC, but I had to disable the floppy disk controller (FDC) on the onboard devices screen and also set both A: and B: to None on the disk setup screen. Obviously that will vary from BIOS to BIOS but if you're struggling to follow my clear as mud explanation I can take some shots.

    Is there a reason you can't use the LAN server version? That saved me a huge amount of grief in the end!

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    Is there a swap floppy drive letters option in the BIOS? Some BIOSes can big configured to assign B before A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OutToLunch View Post
    Is there a reason you can't use the LAN server version? That saved me a huge amount of grief in the end!
    Yes. This is a course that runs after school and they bring in the floppy discs - I have both the online and offline installed and they need both - also, this guy will not be reasoned with.

    Quote Originally Posted by K.C.Leblanc
    Is there a swap floppy drive letters option in the BIOS? Some BIOSes can big configured to assign B before A.
    Not on these - I'll have another look today.

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    simple disable folppy disk drive

    Quote Originally Posted by gwendes View Post
    Can't be - clean install! I've just tried with USBDLM and it can't force A: - the drive is still assigned B:

    Any other suggestions?
    to disable floppy disk right click my computer-property-hardware-device manager-and floppy disk right clik it disable
    and now u can assign any letter to ur key wheather a b or z.

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    If you are using OCR I-Assess offline testing we use USB memory sticks for the tests. There are 2 config files you can download from OCR that will cofigure the software to use E: as the drive letter for the tests. This will work on any standard machine that has a C drive and Cdrom drive (D) as it then assigns USB memory as E.
    Last edited by jsnetman; 17th November 2008 at 04:35 AM.

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