How to Remove a Floppy Disk Drive


In a world of CDs, DVDs, and flash memory, floppy disk drives are virtually obsolete. Despite this fact, a lot of used computers, and even some new computers may still include a 3.5-inch floppy disk drive in the case. If you find your floppy disk drive unnecessary and want to remove it from your PC’s case, it’s quite easy to do so.

Things You'll Need

  • Grounding strap (optional)
  • Philips-head screwdriver
  • Anti-static bag (optional)
  • Plastic drive bay panel (optional)
  • Ground yourself by touching a grounded object such as a wall outlet or the metal frame of your PC case. Grounding yourself is essential to avoid damaging the inside of your PC with an accidental discharge of electricity. A grounding strap can also be used.

  • Open your PC’s case. The process for this will vary from computer to computer, but most can be opened by removing a few screws from the back and carefully sliding back the case. Others may allow only one side to be opened and removed instead of the entire case.

  • Locate your PC’s floppy disk drive inside the case. This can be done easily by looking at the front of the case to see exactly where the drive is. If the front of the floppy drive is not visible from the outside, you may have to remove the front panel to expose it.

  • Unplug the wires that are attached to the floppy disk drive. This includes a wire for power and one for the EIDE interface. If there is nothing else plugged into these wires, they can be unplugged from your motherboard and removed altogether.

  • Remove any screws that may be holding your floppy disk drive in the drive bay; a Philips-head screwdriver will usually do the job. Two screws are typically used to secure one side of the drive inside of the drive bay, though occasionally they are used on both sides. If your drive has not come loose after removing these screws, it may be held in by screws on the other side.

  • Gently slide the floppy disk drive out of its drive bay via the front side of your PC. If the drive is still in working condition, it should be placed into an anti-static bag and sealed for later use. Otherwise, it can be brought to a local center that handles the recycling of electronics.

  • Insert a plastic drive bay panel into the empty spot on the front of your PC. If you had to remove the front of your PC in order to remove your drive, this step is not necessary.

  • Replace the computer’s case and insert the screws to hold it in place. Plug it back into the wall and enjoy your PC without a floppy disk drive.

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