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    How do I get data from a floppy when my machines have no floppy drives?

    I need to use the data on a floppy and put it on the machines in my IT suite, but they have no floppy drives.
    I know there are probably many ways using various programs, but I need something quick, simple and free!
    thanks

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    Use a usb floppy drive.

    Oh sorry, not exactly free but fairly cheap and you can use it again & again.

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    I really don't think it's possible to read a floppy without a floppy drive (and if it is, I have to see proof!)

    Haven't you got an old PC lying around with a drive in it you can nick just to get the data off the floppy and on to the network or a memory stick?

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    You need to find a machine that has a floppy and copy the data to a network share.

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    I tried copying the files to the server but it doesnt work - it has an exe which then looks for the files in a folder on the floppy - I suspect that the program is still looking for something on the A drive even though the data is not on the A drive anymore.
    Same thing with a network share. Unless I am doing something unbelievably stupid

    It is a set of mimics for Flowol and on the floppy is a folder called 'mimics' and a setup.exe

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    Could try some virtual drive software from a network share? this works okay last time I needed to - Virtual Floppy Drive | Portable USB Pen Drive Applications

    Not sure about how many people could access it at once.

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    Check any ini or setup files for A:\ as a setting. If it is hardcoded you may be able to get a USB stick to pretend to be a floppy. Otherwise get a usb floppy drive or virtualise as suggested!

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    can't get a usb floppy unless I pay for it myself.
    I will try the virtualisation - i knew this was possible but there are lots of progs out there and I needed one that work
    Last edited by witch; 19th April 2010 at 08:53 PM.

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    Right. I presume I need an image of the floppy and have made one using magic ISO.
    BUT when I browse to it and select it I get error messages: what am I supposed to put in 'media type'?
    *I'm sure I'm missing something really simple. Been a tough day
    Last edited by witch; 19th April 2010 at 05:08 PM.

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    Witch, if you PM me the mimics you need, I'll see if I have them.

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    You can simply copy the Mimics off the floppy into one of the folders within the flowol Program Files folder.

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    Do you have a laptop with a floppy drive? That can be hitched up to the network? Or what about the server(s) - don't any of them have floppy drives?

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    Alternatively, mount the network share as A:?

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    Tried copying the mimics directly but it didnt work - they couldnt be opened
    Created an ISO at home from the floppy
    Tried the virtual drive but again, even calling it 'A' didnt work either - the setup.exe still couldnt find the mimics.
    Will try and find something with a floppy!!

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    Have you tried contacting the authors of Flowol?

    I am sure that they could email you the files as they have been very helpful to me in the past...

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