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connect 3.5 internal floppy to pci port


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drsue

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I have a new mother board that has no connection for my old 3.5 floppy (ide). I have an empty pci port. What driver/cable do I need to connect this? Win XP, ASUS M5A 78l_m LX PLUS mother board.
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rshaffer61

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What you have is old technology and you would be better off looking at a USB floppy drive like this one HERE.
It would be external and the good thing is if you don't need it you just use the safely disconnect command like you would for a flash drive.
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Kemasa

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You could see if you could get an IDE controller board which would allow you to directly connect the existing drive that you have, but as was said, it is most likely a better option to just get a USB floppy drive. The USB floppy drive will most likely be cheaper than the IDE controller.

If you search for "pcie ide controller" on newegg.com (just an example of a place that sells items), you will find controllers which should work in your machine (assuming that you have space). Your machine lists expansion slots of: 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16, 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1, 1 x PCI. The prices range from $19.98 to $56.97. There also could be issues with the drivers since you are running XP.

You would also need to look to see if you can mount your floppy drive internally.

BTW, I am in the same position as you, although I have an older machine which still has a floppy. Sooner or later I will buy an external USB floppy. With the USB floppy, you can use it on multiple machines, which makes it much more useful, especially if you have a notebook computer or plan to get one.
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Checking the layout of the motherboard I did not see any internal floppy controller included.
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