Why the floppy drive reads the disk and boot-up/shut down?

Question

Why does the floppy drive try to read the disk when shutting down or starting the computer?

Answer

This question was answered on April 13, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

This issue can be caused by any of the following possibilities:

Standard floppy operation

Computer virus scanner

Solution:

Standard floppy operation

All computers with a standard floppy diskette drive will attempt to read the floppy as the computer is booting This operation is normal as most computers have the floppy drive as the first bootable device This causes the computer to look at the floppy drive to verify that there is no floppy diskette in the computer.

Computer virus scanner

If the computer is looking at the floppy disk drive as starting Windows or when the Windows is shutting down it is likely that the computer has a computer virus program installed onto the computer.

Many virus programs will scan the floppy drive for viruses before startup or shutdown as many viruses only infect a computer from a bootable diskette.

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Posted by olivia of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on April 13, 2003