How to emulate a floppy disk drive

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How to emulate a floppy disk drive
Find out how you can emulate a floppy disk drive on your computer. (floppy image by Allyson Ricketts from

Floppy disk image files are bit for bit virtual clones of physical floppy disks. Floppy disk drive emulators play the part of the floppy disk drive. After mounting your floppy disk images to your floppy disk drive emulator, you can use the image file just like you would a physical floppy disk -- you can read, write and even create floppy disk images. If you need to emulate a floppy disk drive on your computer, you can find a solid selection of floppy disk drive emulators for free online.

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    Emulate a floppy disk drive on your computer using a free copy of the Virtual Floppy Drive utility (see Resources). After launching the utility, click on the "Start" button under the "Driver" tab and click on the "Open/Create" option under a drive tab to set up your virtual floppy disk drive. The utility allows you to create up to two virtual floppy drives. You can set the drive's compatibility to every type of floppy disk, ranging from the original 5.25-inch floppy drives on up to the 2.88 MB 3.5-inch drives. You can also write protect your drives.

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    Download a free copy of DiskSX to read and write virtual floppy disks on your computer (see Resources). DiskSX works with 3.5-inch virtual floppy disks, you can also create your own floppy image files (FLPs) from physical floppy disks or files from your computer. If you need a physical copy of your floppy images, the utility also includes the ability to write FLP images back to physical disks.

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    Download a free copy of MagicISO to emulate a virtual floppy disk drive on your computer (see Resources). With MagicISO you can read, extract or create a virtual floppy disk in any of the 5.25-inch and 3.5-inch floppy disk standards. The utility is compatible with floppy and floppy images of any of the FAT (File Allocation Table) file structures.

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