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MicroPac Sabrent USB External 3.5" 1.44MB Floppy Disk Drive, Black

The Sabrent USB External 3.5" 1.44MB Floppy Disk Drive enables you to access important data that has been stored on old floppy discs. Simply insert the floppy into this portable floppy drive to copy the files. Then all you need to do is plug this drive into your computer via the USB port and transfer the copied files seamlessly. No drivers are needed with this plug and play system nor is a separate power source required. Power to the disk drive is supplied through the USB port. You can connect, transfer data and disconnect without the necessity of restarting your PC or notebook. This 3.5 USB external floppy drive features a slim, lightweight and highly portable design. It has a data capacity of 1.44 MB (formatted) and transfers data at a rate of 1 Mbps. This black Sabrent USB floppy disk drive is compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 and MAC OS X.
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Questions & Answers for MicroPac Sabrent USB External 3.5" 1.44MB Floppy Disk Drive, Black

Question

Im interested in buyinh this produt but I wanted to know can I load microsoft office on my netbook because i dont have an place where I can play cd's.

asked 2 years, 7 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Baton rouge
on Sabrent USB External 3.5" 1.44MB Floppy Disk Drive, Black
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
This is not for CD's it is for floppy discs 3.5"
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
FireCrow
answer 2
If you have a compatible USB port, it should serve your purpose.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
Sniper60
answer 3
It will load MS Office if you have it on 3.5 floppy disks. It's not a CD reader.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
By
Wagonier
answer 4
Works were ever you can use a floppy
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
By
PQMcGrant
 - LHC,Az
answer 5
This A: drive replacement will not help you.

You need a USB CD/DVD read/write external drive
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
By
Developer3805
 - Concord, NH
answer 6
Yes, if the license-counter permits.

From the context of your question, you have a set of installation floppies for Microsoft Office 97.

These have a counter that limits the number of installs to comply with Microsoft's licensing policy. If this is exceeded, you will get an error message and the installation will fail. Not the fault of the drive, however.

Only disk #1 is normal. All others are in a compressed format. MS warns that 'older or low-quality' drives may fail. So that is a caveat, but a new drive should not fall into either category.

Reference:
http://www.eastattica.gr/books/1/off97rk/004.htm
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
By
BeloSol
 - Funchal
answer 7
This unit takes 1.44 floppy disks. If your original program install disks are 1.44 flop it should work fine. However I suspect your program disks are CD which would require a CD reader writer.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
By
Oledep
 - East Texas
answer 8
No, floppy disk only.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
By
CornFedGuy
 - Davenport,IA
answer 9
Not knowing if you already had help, I will reply to your question.

First things first. I’m going assume based on how you posed your question, that you are somewhat of a novice in regards to computers, I will try to keep this simple.

(1) You do not want a USB floppy drive because it only uses floppy disk. Each floppy disk can only hold 1.4MB. So you can imagine how many disk it would take to load Microsoft Office which depending on the MS Office version, requires anywhere from 150 MB to as much as 300 even 400MB or more with full versions such as MS office Pro or higher. (2) MS Office is usually installed via CD or USB flash drive or downloaded from a trustworthy website.

You used the term Netbook not Notebook… so I’m assuming that your computer is not more than 3 or 4 years old if not new. On that assumption, there should be one or two USB ports (rectangle shape receiving plug) on your netbook. They are usually on the side or back end of a netbook. By locating the USB port, is a sign that you will be able to plug in an External CD/DVD Drive or any USB peripherals.

Just purchase a USB External CD/DVD Drive. (Better brands; HP, Lite-On, Samsung) $40.00 to 100.00 non Blu-Ray. With Blu-Ray 150.00 or more.

Note:
If you need to save money, find someone that has an external CD drive and use that to plug into your netbook and load MS Office. If that does not work for you, then call some
computer stores or Best Buy’s Geek Squad and get a price for loading your software for you.

Tip
Sometimes a small computer store will charge much less than Best Buy. Shop around…

If you decide to install MS Office yourself, then get familiar with the operating instructions of the CD player first and proceed to plug the CD/DVD USB to the Netbook USB.
Important: CD players require more power to operate properly. Do not load MS Office on battery power. Make sure your Netbook is plugged into a 110/120 AC outlet.

Anytime you run a USB CD player or something similar, be sure your Netbook is plugged in. As far as a USB flash drive or something similar, then you can run your Netbook on either a 110/120 outlet or battery power.

You can plug the drive in when the computer is off or on. Either way, Windows will let you know if it recognizes the CD drive.

A way to check that your netbook recognizes the CD player is to go to: Start__ My Computer, then look for the USB CD/DVD icon that will be close to the hard drive icon.
If you don’t see the USB CD/DVD icon, then remove the USB plug for 20 seconds then plug it in again and listen for the USB chime along with a ‘white flag with text’ on the netbook window screen identifying the type of USB drive you plugged in. Then double-check My Computer to see if the CD player icon is there.

You now will be able to load Microsoft Office onto your Netbook hard drive. Just follow the prompts on your screen and you should be home free.

I know the above was a bit winded, but I felt this would save you research time.

“The Best to You”
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
By
Watertight
Question

Does this unit WRITE to floppy disks as well as read them? My embroidery machine requires a floppy.

asked 2 years, 5 months ago
By
nick2name
on Sabrent USB External 3.5" 1.44MB Floppy Disk Drive, Black
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes it will write as well as read.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
FireCrow
answer 2
This unit is a counterfeit of a Sony drive.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
warrior5678
answer 3
Yes!
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
HarryO66
answer 4
Yes. Very well
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
By
PQMcGrant
 - LHC,Az
answer 5
I don't know. My husband wanted it to copy floppy disks. You might be able to find out from company.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
By
packrat612
 - Eastern NC
answer 6
Yes, works just like an old A: drive.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
By
Developer3805
 - Concord, NH
answer 7
I can write to the floppy disks as well as read them with this unit attached to my keyboard and computer. I would think it would work the same way with your embroidery machine.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
By
BoltskyBandGuy
 - Mishawaka, IN
answer 8
YES, IT READS & WRITES TO A 3.5 FLOPPY.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
By
Goldenrod1970
 - IN
answer 9
Yes, it does.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
By
Bocci
 - Texas
Question

will this work with windows 98 2nd edition?

asked 3 years, 4 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Sabrent USB External 3.5" 1.44MB Floppy Disk Drive, Black
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
I think it should work.Give it a try.If any problem return the product for a refund!
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 2
Windows 2000 and up.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
FireCrow
answer 3
YEP..
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
By
Wagonier
answer 4
THE BOX IT CAME IN SAYS IT WILL WORK WITH WINDOWS 98 & ABOVE. SINCE WINDOWS 98SE WAS THE OS RIGHT AFTER 98, IT SHOULD WORK.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
By
Goldenrod1970
 - IN
answer 5
It will work with Windows 98 SE. You might have to have a disk in it in order for windows explorer to see it. It might show it as a removeable drive. Your version of windows must be able to format a disk for "FAT32". If it formats "NTFS", it won't format a 3 1/2" disk. Usually Windows 7 and the NTFS formatting are where the problems are.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
By
Lucillia
 - Oregon
answer 6
I am not sure what version my sister has, I bought this for her but she had Windows 98 on her laptop......you take the floppy out of your old computer, insert it into the exerternal drive, plug it in thru your usb port, into the new computer and you tranfer the the info from the floppy to your newer computer..works great..you just need the usb port...it has little to with your old computer, it has to do with the floppy itself...
answered 3 years ago
By
stilljojo
 - michigan
answer 7
I cannot imagine why it would not. As long as your computer has a USB port then windows 98 should find it.
answered 3 years ago
By
jfthomas
 - Atlanta, GA
answer 8
check manufactures web site for complete list of OS
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
By
2nknight
 - nokomis, fl
Question

does this work with Aspire one Netbook?

asked 3 years, 10 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Sabrent USB External 3.5" 1.44MB Floppy Disk Drive, Black
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
It works with mine.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
FireCrow
answer 2
to the best of my knowledge it will work with any computer that has a usb port.
answered 3 years ago
By
stilljojo
 - michigan
answer 3
This device should work with any computer that has a USB port.
answered 3 years ago
By
jfthomas
 - Atlanta, GA
answer 4
no, desktop only
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
By
2nknight
 - nokomis, fl
answer 5
If your operating system (OS) is Linux (Linus) I would say, no, it won't work on your netbook. This device is compatible with Windows, XP, VISTA, 7 and Mac OS X as listed on the packaging information. It MIGHT work on Linux, but it'd be a gamble. The packaging doesn't say it's compatible with it.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
By
Jafee
 - Holyoke, MA
answer 6
It should work on any windows system with a USB spot. (I'm not sure about mac)
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
By
Ladyjane1229
 - FARMINGTON HILLS, MI
answer 7
I believe it will work fine. If you have window's xp just plug it in to the computer, the driver is already installed in xp. Other OS's such as window's 200, me, 98 will problably require you installing the drive, which you should be able to get from the internet. Hope this helps.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
Charlie6362
 - Mobile, Al
answer 8
If your data can be read by your netbook OS (Windows XP/Vista/7), (in other words if the software that is held on the floppy is compatible with these newer Operating systems)and you have a USB port, Yes it will work. Mine is hooked to a Windows 7 Pro with Compatibility Software.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
kybulldog
 - kentucky
Question

Does this work with DD or HD disks?

asked 2 years, 6 months ago
By
Westiemom100
on Sabrent USB External 3.5" 1.44MB Floppy Disk Drive, Black
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
It should work fine.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
FireCrow
answer 2
All 1.44 MB 3.5" Diskettes
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
By
Wagonier
answer 3
I had HD and it worked beautifully, can't say about DD as I didn't have any of those.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
By
BJM1712
 - Southern California
answer 4
Worked on more than 100 HD floppies for me.
answered 2 years ago
By
TBiker
 - San Antonio, TX
answer 5
It works fine with HD disks.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
By
Developer3805
 - Concord, NH
answer 6
It works with both.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
By
lonestarbob
 - New Braunfels, TX
answer 7
I HAVE OVER 100 "IMATION 2HD" DISKS THAT ARE IBM FORMATTED, & HAVE NOT HAD ANY PROBLEMS READING & WRITING WITH THIS DRIVE.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
By
Goldenrod1970
 - IN
answer 8
No only with floppy disks
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
By
jp2laudry
 - canada
Question

Does this write to a floppy disk as well as read it? My embroidery machine uses a floppy.

asked 2 years, 5 months ago
By
nick2name
on Sabrent USB External 3.5" 1.44MB Floppy Disk Drive, Black
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
It writes to floppy discs very very well.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
FireCrow
answer 2
Yes!
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
HarryO66
answer 3
Yes it does.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
By
Tayree
 - Baltimore, Md
answer 4
It will both read on write. Works just like an A drive.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
By
conawak
answer 5
I haven't tried using it to record, but I think it's a read only drive.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
By
Sagittarius56
 - Cleveland, TN
answer 6
yes
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
By
PQMcGrant
 - LHC,Az
answer 7
Yes, you can definitely write to the floppy drive.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
By
lonestarbob
 - New Braunfels, TX
answer 8
YES IT DOES.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
By
Goldenrod1970
 - IN
Question

users manual

none included in resent purchase
please send me one.
sabrent usb floppy drive.
asked 3 years, 3 months ago
By
fddsr
on Sabrent USB External 3.5" 1.44MB Floppy Disk Drive, Black
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
I do not work for the company I am just answering the questions online. Try going to the website for the company and see if there is a download for the manual.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
FireCrow
answer 2
Us it just like any "A" drive.
Plug it in any usb and go.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
By
Wagonier
answer 3
Turn your computer on. Then plug the cord from the floppy drive into a USB port on your pc. Your pc should recognize it a build a driver base for it.
Put a floppy disk in the drive; open windows explorer and you should be able to see the files on either the A: Drive or it may come up as a removeable drive.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
By
Lucillia
 - Oregon
answer 4
Not much to it. Just plug it into a usb and the computer should recognise it.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
By
washingtonscrossing
answer 5
No user manual is needed. All you do is plug into your USB port. Your computer should recognize it and install the drivers.

For PC users running Windows (versions listed on the box) - go to "My Computer" You should see the icon for A drive. Insert a floppy disk into the drive - and click on the A drive Icon in My Computer. If your disk has been properly formatted, your files and images should open up. You click on the file/image to open then you can save it to a CD, hard drive or other storage device. Press the button on the right hand side to eject the floppy disk when finished.
answered 3 years ago
By
4art
 - Lima, OH
answer 6
Not much need for a manual. Plug the cable into the drive, the other end into a USB port on your computer, and you now have a Drive A floppy.
answered 3 years ago
By
jfthomas
 - Atlanta, GA
answer 7
Plug the USB cable into your computer, go to Computer from Start menu, click on Drive A and see what is on floppy, then open to see what is there. I had a bunch of documents created in Word and I opened them to Open Office, no problem.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
PattyonPuter
 - San Bernardino, CA
answer 8
available from manufactures web site
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
By
2nknight
 - nokomis, fl
Question

will this work with windows 7 and 2.0 usb

asked 1 year, 7 months ago
By
e!
on Sabrent USB External 3.5" 1.44MB Floppy Disk Drive, Black
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
Most computers made after the year 2000 use USB2, and if your using Windows 7, I would say you should have no problem. Even the new USB3 is mostly backwards compatible. I am aware this answer is late but for future reference it might help.
answered 7 months ago
By
wartbug
answer 2
Yes it will.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
avgcust6543
answer 3
It works well with windows 7. That is what I have on my system.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
FireCrow
answer 4
YES
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
PJ9876545
answer 5
No; I tried to do so on four different PCs.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
warrior5678
answer 6
I wouldn't try if I was you. I've got windows 7 home premium on a notebook. installs fine,but will not work on it. keep checking around before spending any money regardless of the amount.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
sevenn
answer 7
Yes!
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
HarryO66
Question

Is this for the actual floppy disks of the 3.5 hard diskettes?

asked 1 year, 10 months ago
By
marda
on Sabrent USB External 3.5" 1.44MB Floppy Disk Drive, Black
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
It si indeed for the 3.5" floppy discs.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
FireCrow
answer 2
Yes! The only different is its external.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
HarryO66
answer 3
Yes
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
Sniper60
answer 4
This drive is used to read 3.5" diskettes. You could use it to install programs from these diskettes to your 3.5" hard drive, but most programs are installed from CDs or DVDs nowadays; very few programs come on 3.5" diskettes
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
DanMart
answer 5
Yes it is
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
Cispro
answer 6
Yes. It works just like the built-in 3.5 hard drives on older computers.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
Denn67
 - Stevensville MT
answer 7
yes it is. This plugs into a USB port and will read and write to the 3.5 hard diskettes
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
By
froglosopher
Question

Disk "Not Formatted Properly"

I have several floppy disks from days when they were used and could be opened by PC. I bought the Sabrent USB External Floppy Disk Drive hoping I could use it to tansfer photos from disks to CD. However, when I put the floppy in I get the message: "The disk in Drive A: is not formatted properly. Please check the disk, and reformat if necessary".

Question: Is it possible to resolve this formatting issue so that I can open the floppy and move the photos?????
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
By
fsranger
on Sabrent USB External 3.5" 1.44MB Floppy Disk Drive, Black
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
It will format the disc if you tell it to. Be aware that when you reformat a disc it erases all data on the disc.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
FireCrow
answer 2
go to your "A" prompt.
DOS "A"
At the "A" prompt, format a:
Your operating system will format it
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
By
Wagonier
answer 3
I had similar pblm. I messed with refreshing explorer, close and restart, that sort of thing and got into the folders. Give it a try.
answered 2 years ago
By
TBiker
 - San Antonio, TX
answer 4
Transferring old photos is why I purchased this product. It works fine for me.

Do all of your Floppy disks cause this problem.

Try your Floppies on another computer with an A: drive. Do they work on another computer. If so, maybe you can copy the photos to a USB thumb drive and transfer them that way.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
By
Developer3805
 - Concord, NH
answer 5
this happened to me too, you have to approach it a couple of different ways, my computer "a" drive, external drives etc. you need to find the one that will search for photos, not record one.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
By
baldwinlennie
answer 6
TRY ALL YOUR DISCS IN IT, & IF YOU GET THE SAME RESULTS, PLUG IT INTO A DIFFERENT USB PORT. IF ALL ELSE FAILS, TAKE IT BACK & ORDER ANOTHER ONE. I JUST GOT 1 & IT INSTALLED & OPENED DISCS WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS. I INSTALLED IT INTO A REFURBISHED HP FROM WALMART.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
By
Goldenrod1970
 - IN
answer 7
Try restarting your computer, then try to open the disk again.
It does take several seconds of waiting for the computer to read the floppy disk.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
By
Austin385
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