Floppy disc metel bit stuck in drive

  holligan 18:18 11 Jan 2004

The metel bit of floppy disc has come off in the drive and cant get it out, any ideas cheers

  Big Elf 18:21 11 Jan 2004

With floppy drives being so cheap these days replacing it may be the best (environmentally unfriendly though) way.

  spikeychris 18:25 11 Jan 2004

Done it a thousand times, get a pair of tweezers and tip it upside down, be careful though, one user once literally set fire to a system by doing it, think it was full of dust and he shorted across.

  holligan 18:28 11 Jan 2004

does that mean you cant get it out someway

  Gandalph 18:31 11 Jan 2004

A replacement floppy will only cost you arount £7.00.

  woody 18:31 11 Jan 2004

Switch it off first!

  Big Elf 18:32 11 Jan 2004

I'll check through my old kit as I must have one or two lying around. If you can't get it out using spikeychris suggestion then email me with your address and I'll send you one (free of course). It will probably be Tuesday before I can send it though.

  holligan 18:33 11 Jan 2004

will i set fire if i turn off at the mains ?

  spikeychris 18:37 11 Jan 2004

No if its switched off all will be fine, this user however thought he would do it live.

  ton 19:10 11 Jan 2004

If you remove the drive there is usually a cover that comes off quite easily, sometimes with a couple of screws, sometimes without screws. If you remove this you can remove the foreign object.
But before you remove the cover, just hold open the floppy door and give it a shake as it might just fall out. This is a common thing to happen in my work.

  Ben.s 19:52 11 Jan 2004

hey my floppy drive keeeps on rippin the metal bit on the floppy cos there all broken the metal bit is stickin right out LOL but dnt blame it on the floppy drive blame the floppy disks/diskette

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