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Floppy disk (A:) ???

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    Floppy disk (A:) ???


    Win 8 Preview installed in VMware.

    What is Flopy Disk A: ? I mean what is floppy disk doing in win 8 ? Last time I used floppy disk was like 20 years ago.

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    If you haven't done so already, disable the floppy disk controller in your BIOS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calico View Post
    If you haven't done so already, disable the floppy disk controller in your BIOS.
    Before I go to the Bios, one question......
    The manufacturer's motherboard is responsible for the Bios layout and features, not the OS.
    So, why it shows floppy disk drive in Win 8 and not in Win 7 ? ( I am having Win 8 inside VMware in a Win 7 laptop.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by t-4-2 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Calico View Post
    If you haven't done so already, disable the floppy disk controller in your BIOS.
    Before I go to the Bios, one question......
    The manufacturer's motherboard is responsible for the Bios layout and features, not the OS.
    So, why it shows floppy disk drive in Win 8 and not in Win 7 ? ( I am having Win 8 inside VMware in a Win 7 laptop.)

    t-4-2
    As you're running Windows 8 in a Virtual Machine, you can still disable it in the VM BIOS. As the VM is starting, press F2, select the drive, then disable (image) If I remember, you can also edit the VM 'vmx' file, which you can find wherever you store your Virtual machines. The file will be called {name of your vm}.vmx and can be edited with a standard text editor. If you add:

    floppy0.present = "false" or maybe floppy1.present = "false"

    It should have the desired effect.

    The reason you don't see it in Windows 7, is because I imaging you're running 7 on a 'real' PC where the setting in the BIOS has already been disabled, if it even existed, which it may not on a modern motherboard.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calico View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by t-4-2 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Calico View Post
    If you haven't done so already, disable the floppy disk controller in your BIOS.
    Before I go to the Bios, one question......
    The manufacturer's motherboard is responsible for the Bios layout and features, not the OS.
    So, why it shows floppy disk drive in Win 8 and not in Win 7 ? ( I am having Win 8 inside VMware in a Win 7 laptop.)

    t-4-2
    As you're running Windows 8 in a Virtual Machine, you can still disable it in the VM BIOS. As the VM is starting, press F2, select the drive, then disable (image) If I remember, you can also edit the VM 'vmx' file, which you can find wherever you store your Virtual machines. The file will be called {name of your vm}.vmx and can be edited with a standard text editor. If you add:

    floppy0.present = "false" or maybe floppy1.present = "false"

    It should have the desired effect.

    The reason you don't see it in Windows 7, is because I imaging you're running 7 on a 'real' PC where the setting in the BIOS has already been disabled, if it even existed, which it may not on a modern motherboard.
    Hi there

    It's a VIRTUAL MACHINE so why not have a "Floppy disk" type virtual device available -- you can use an image instead of a physical device if you want. (Same for a CD / DVD drive which you can use as an .ISO image too instead of a physical device).

    If say you want to run Windows 95/95 or even Windows 3.11 in a virtual machine you might want the floppy disk option.

    You don't have to use it as the previous poster said -- and I'll bet some people on this board have never even seen one but there's no harm in providing legacy emulation in the virtual bios for people who want to run those type of virtual machines.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Calico View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by t-4-2 View Post

    Before I go to the Bios, one question......
    The manufacturer's motherboard is responsible for the Bios layout and features, not the OS.
    So, why it shows floppy disk drive in Win 8 and not in Win 7 ? ( I am having Win 8 inside VMware in a Win 7 laptop.)

    t-4-2
    As you're running Windows 8 in a Virtual Machine, you can still disable it in the VM BIOS. As the VM is starting, press F2, select the drive, then disable (image) If I remember, you can also edit the VM 'vmx' file, which you can find wherever you store your Virtual machines. The file will be called {name of your vm}.vmx and can be edited with a standard text editor. If you add:

    floppy0.present = "false" or maybe floppy1.present = "false"

    It should have the desired effect.

    The reason you don't see it in Windows 7, is because I imaging you're running 7 on a 'real' PC where the setting in the BIOS has already been disabled, if it even existed, which it may not on a modern motherboard.
    Hi there

    It's a VIRTUAL MACHINE so why not have a "Floppy disk" type virtual device available -- you can use an image instead of a physical device if you want. (Same for a CD / DVD drive which you can use as an .ISO image too instead of a physical device).

    If say you want to run Windows 95/95 or even Windows 3.11 in a virtual machine you might want the floppy disk option.

    You don't have to use it as the previous poster said -- and I'll bet some people on this board have never even seen one but there's no harm in providing legacy emulation in the virtual bios for people who want to run those type of virtual machines.

    Cheers
    jimbo

    Making a change to the BIOS of the Windows 8 VM, will only affect that VM. Any new Virtual Machines created will have their own BIOS.
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    Thank you to everyone for your replies.
    I don't really need to disable it. I was justing wondering why it even existed. I can just simply leave it alone.
    Besides, it is just a " preview " version. I migh not even care to buy the real release.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calico View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Calico View Post

    As you're running Windows 8 in a Virtual Machine, you can still disable it in the VM BIOS. As the VM is starting, press F2, select the drive, then disable (image) If I remember, you can also edit the VM 'vmx' file, which you can find wherever you store your Virtual machines. The file will be called {name of your vm}.vmx and can be edited with a standard text editor. If you add:

    floppy0.present = "false" or maybe floppy1.present = "false"

    It should have the desired effect.

    The reason you don't see it in Windows 7, is because I imaging you're running 7 on a 'real' PC where the setting in the BIOS has already been disabled, if it even existed, which it may not on a modern motherboard.
    Hi there

    It's a VIRTUAL MACHINE so why not have a "Floppy disk" type virtual device available -- you can use an image instead of a physical device if you want. (Same for a CD / DVD drive which you can use as an .ISO image too instead of a physical device).

    If say you want to run Windows 95/95 or even Windows 3.11 in a virtual machine you might want the floppy disk option.

    You don't have to use it as the previous poster said -- and I'll bet some people on this board have never even seen one but there's no harm in providing legacy emulation in the virtual bios for people who want to run those type of virtual machines.

    Cheers
    jimbo

    Making a change to the BIOS of the Windows 8 VM, will only affect that VM. Any new Virtual Machines created will have their own BIOS.
    That's the WHOLE POINT !!!!!. However all VM's created with say VMWARE will have the same DEFAULT Virtual Bios.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    It's good it' s solved now. I'm a bit late here sorry.

    Normally all the new machines you create in VMware use a virtual floppy drive by default.

    You can remove the floppy drive from the list of devices in the machine settings window:
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    Uncheck the checkbox "connect at power on" if you decide not to delete the floppy.

    You can go in the BIOS but the UI settings window can do the trick.

    That's all to it

    Cheers
    Hopachi
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    It's good it' s solved now. I'm a bit late here sorry.

    Normally all the new machines you create in VMware use a virtual floppy drive by default.

    You can remove the floppy drive from the list of devices in the machine settings window:
    Click image for larger version
    Uncheck the checkbox "connect at power on" if you decide not to delete the floppy.

    You can go in the BIOS but the UI settings window can do the trick.

    That's all to it

    Cheers
    Hopachi
    As far as I'm aware, removing a hardware device from settings, only removes the object from the VM status-bar tools and the VM removable-devices option, it won't actually remove the drive from within the OS.
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