How to Connect a Floppy Drive Using a Hard Drive Cable

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How to Connect a Floppy Drive Using a Hard Drive Cable
A hard drive employing an IDE interface as well as an IDE cable in the background. (festplatte mit ide-kabel image by Fitzworld from

Floppy drives use IDE interface cables to connect to a computer. Many hard drives also use IDE interfaces, which means they use the same type of cable to connect to the computer's motherboard as the floppy drive. You also can interchange the cable from a floppy drive to an IDE hard drive, and both will function perfectly well.

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  • IDE hard drive cable

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  1. 1

    Take one end of the IDE cable and plug it into the IDE port on the floppy drive.

  2. 2

    Insert the floppy drive into the appropriate drive bay in your computer case. Most floppy drives fit in the 3.5-inch bays. However, there are floppy drives that fit the 5.25-inch bays as well.

  3. 3

    Plug the other end of the floppy drive into the IDE port on the motherboard of your computer. If you are unsure of what the port looks like, an image of the motherboard with the port circled in blue can be seen at>

Tips and warnings

  • Note that floppy drives are largely obsolete due mostly to the invention of the CD drive, and IDE interface technology has been replaced with SATA technology, which has made IDE hard drives obsolete as well.

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