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A floppy drive is a device that reads data stored on a magnetic disk and writes data onto the disk for storage. The typical Floppy Diskette is 1.44mb.

You need a floppy drive to store and access usually personal data and sometimes small programs from a floppy disk.

"The rear side of a floppy drive looks similar to the following image."*

FDD Rear

"The black connector on the left hand side is the floppy disk connector. It is different from the IDE connector and uses a different cable. The small white connector on the right hand side is the power connector for the floppy drive. Figure 1 and 2 below shows what a floppy drive cable and floppy drive power connector looks like."*

FDD Cable

Figure 1 - Floppy drive cable.**

FDD Power Cable

Figure 2 - Floppy drive power cable**

"Place the floppy drive into the FDD mounting slot as shown. Screw the drive securely into place."*

Placing the FDD

"Insert the floppy drive cable into the floppy drive connector. Make sure the pin 1 on the cable connects to the pin 1 on the floppy drive connector. As you already know by now that pin 1 is the red or pink strip on the edge of the floppy drive cable. Most floppy drive cables are designed so that it will only go in on way, so you can not connect it incorrectly."*

Mounting the FDD

"Push the floppy drive power cable to the power connector. This will only go in on way."*

Connect FDD Cable

"Finally connect the other end of the floppy drive cable to floppy drive connector on your motherboard. Make sure pin 1 on the cable connects to pin 1 on the connector."*


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