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Floopy Drive changed from 3.5


My 3 1/2' floppy drive has changed to a 5 1/4' floppy drive for no reason at all. I went to open up my "a" drive the other day and the whole computer froze on me. I have tried going into the "a" drive to change it, but everytime I do anything with my "a" drive (right & left click) it freezes on me. I can't access my "a" drive at all and in "My Computer" the drive is listed as a 5 1/4' drive. I have no idea how this happend and I have no idea of how to change it. The only thing I can think of is that some kind of virus has done this. Also, it seems that at the same time I discovered that my "a" drive had changed, my mouse did not work as smoothly as it had before. Any suggestions? Thanks.


This question was answered on November 19, 2001. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Thanks for your question Verify that the floppy drive is properly setup in CMOS If the floppy drive is not setup as a 3.5" floppy or not setup at all the drive will not be detected as a 3.5" floppy drive.


Unfortunately with all the different computers and BIOS chipsets Entering the setup can be different The following is a listing of the major ways to enter the CMOS setup and or the BIOS setup.

New Systems

New computers are commonly using one of the four keys to get into the computer setup

F1 during the boot process.

F2 during the boot process.

Esc during the boot process.

Del during the boot process.

Be very careful when your in CMOS any adjustments that you make can cause more problems for you When you get into the CMOS write everything down so if you do change anything and it doesn't work you can go back and put the same information back in Once in CMOS check to see if the floppy isn't at 5.25" or 3.5" If you make any changes to the CMOS be sure to re-boot your system Good luck

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Posted by Jeffrey of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on November 19, 2001