USB External Floppy Disk Drive
DX-EF101
USER GUIDE
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Introduction
Dynex DX-EF101 USB External
Floppy Disk Drive
Introduction
Thank you for the purchase of the DX-EF101, an external floppy disk drive (FDD)
with a USB 2.0 interface. This User Guide provides a general description of the
drive’s features, setup instructions, and troubleshooting information
Contents
Important safety instructions .......................................................................3
Product components.................................................................................... 3
Setting up the product for Windows ............................................................5
Setting up the product for Macintosh .......................................................... 8
Using the product ...................................................................................... 10
Troubleshooting......................................................................................... 16
Specifications .............................................................................................17
Legal notices ..............................................................................................19
Important safety instructions
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Important safety instructions
• Always read the safety instructions and User Guide carefully. Keep the User
Guide for future reference.
• When using some operating systems, the driver software must be installed
prior to operation.
• Remove all disks from the USB FDD before connecting or disconnecting the
USB cable, or turning the computer on or off when the USB FDD is
connected.
• Do not drop or allow forceful impacts to the product, or install it in locations
exposed to heavy vibrations.
• Do not disassemble or modify the product in any way. Disassembly or
modification may not only void warranty, but also could cause damage or
lead to fires or electric shock.
• Do not use or store the product in damp locations. Liquid entering the
product may cause damage or lead to fires or electric shock.
• Do not insert any object other than a floppy disk into the USB FDD. The
insertion of metal objects such as coins or paper clips may cause damage or
lead to fires or electric shock. Do not remove the floppy disks from the
product when the LED indicator shows data activity in progress.
• This product is for general computer use. It is not to be used as equipment
requiring exceptional reliability, particularly when the breakdown or
malfunction of this product may jeopardize life or health (such as aerospace
equipment, atomic power control systems, traffic-related equipment,
transportation equipment, industrial robotics, combustion equipment,
various safety devices, and life-support systems).
Product components
Package contents
Make sure that the package contains the following items:
• Dynex DX-EF101 USB Floppy Disk Drive
• This User Guide
• Driver CD
If any components are missing, contact the supplier immediately.
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Product components
General description
The USB FDD is a portable and slim external floppy disk drive in a plastic housing
for use with computers that have a USB connector. To use the USB FDD, a personal
computer with a USB port is required, installed with an operating system that
supports USB, and the USB FDD driver software.
USB A type plug
Component
LED
indicator
FDD disk
slot
Eject button
Description
FDD Disk Slot
The door opens and closes when a floppy
disk is inserted or ejected, and prevents
dust from entering when not in use
USB A Type Plug
Connects to the computer for operation
LED indicator
Flashes to indicate drive activity
Eject button
Press this button to open or close the drive
Setting up the product for Windows
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Features
The USB FDD features:
• Plug-and-Play compatibility
• Reads and writes high-density 3.5-inch floppy disks
• No external AC power adapter required (self-powered via USB cable
connection)
• Supports iMac, iBook, G3, G4 and IBM PC compatible computers that have a
working USB port
• USB Transfer Rate of 12 Mb/sec (max)
Setting up the product for Windows
Windows system requirements
To use the USB FDD correctly, make sure that your system can at least support the
following requirements:
For Windows:
• Pentium 133 MHz or Faster
• 64 MB RAM
• 2 MB available hard drive space
• One available USB port
• CD or DVD drive
• Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, or XP
Installing the drivers
Windows XP
To install the USB FDD drivers in Windows XP:
1 Connect the USB cable to the USB port on the computer.
2 Turn on your computer. After Windows XP automatically installs the drivers,
a Found New Hardware message appears next to the clock on the Windows
taskbar.
3 Because the USB FDD works with the Windows XP standard built-in driver,
Windows XP will automatically install the necessary driver files.
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Setting up the product for Windows
Windows 2000
To install the USB FDD drivers in Windows 2000:
1 Connect the USB cable to the USB port on the computer.
2 Turn on your computer. After Windows 2000 automatically installs the
drivers, a Found New Hardware message appears next to the clock on the
Windows taskbar.
3 Because the USB FDD works with the Windows 2000 standard built-in
driver, Windows 2000 will automatically install the necessary driver files.
Windows ME
To install the USB FDD drivers in Windows ME:
1 Connect the USB cable to the USB port on the computer.
2 Turn on your computer. After Windows ME automatically installs the
drivers, a Found New Hardware message appears next to the clock on the
Windows taskbar.
3 Because the USB FDD works with the Windows ME standard built-in driver,
Windows ME will automatically install the necessary driver files.
Windows 98 and Windows 98 Second Edition (SE)
Note: DO NOT connect the USB FDD to a computer using Windows 98 or
Windows 98 SE operating systems until the correct software is installed.
To install the USB FDD drivers in Windows 98 or Windows 98 SE:
1 Turn on your computer and start Windows 98 or Windows 98 SE.
2 Insert the USB FDD Utility CD in the computer’s CD-ROM drive, then locate
and click the Windows\9.x folder on the Utility CD.
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3 The USB FDD Driver Setup screen displays. Click Next to begin installation
of the driver files.
4 Click Finish.
5 When you are prompted to restart your computer, click Yes. Your computer
restarts and the driver installation is complete.
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Setting up the product for Windows
6 After restarting the computer, connect the USB cable to the USB port on the
computer. Windows 98 or Windows 98 SE automatically detects the USB
FDD and adds the drive to the computer drive configuration.
Note: Unlike a general disk drive, the USB FDD is not always assigned the
“Drive A” designation. The drive letter assigned depends on your
computer’s configuration. If there is an internal floppy drive installed on
your computer, it will always be assigned as Drive A.
Assigning a Windows drive letter
In “legacy-free” computers, the USB FDD may be set up to use drive letter (A:),
disabling the Standard Floppy Disk Controller. This is an optional setting for power
users and it may not work on all PCs. If the PC responds incorrectly, re-enable the
Standard Floppy Disk Controller to its original setting.
If the Standard Floppy Disk Controller is disabled, the built-in legacy FDD is
inaccessible. If the use of the legacy FDD is required, do not disable the Standard
Floppy Disk Controller.
To disable the Standard Floppy Disk Controller:
1 Double click the System icon in the control panel.
2 Locate and enter the Device Manager, then select the Standard Floppy Disk
Controller and click the Properties button.
3 Select Disable in this hardware profile or Disable this device and click OK.
4 After re-starting the computer, the USB FDD should be assigned as drive
letter (A:).
Setting up the product for Macintosh
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Setting up the product for Macintosh
Macintosh system requirements
To use the USB FDD correctly, make sure that your system can at least support the
following requirements:
For Macintosh:
• 32 MB RAM
• 1 MB available hard drive space
• One available USB port
• Mac OS X 9.0 or later, Apple iMac, iBook, Power Macintosh G3 & G4 with a
USB port
Installing the Macintosh drivers
Mac OS X 10.1 and 10.2
To install the USB FDD drivers:
1 Start the computer, then connect the USB cable to the USB port on the
computer.
2 Because computers with Mac OS X or later include a “USB Mass Storage
Support” driver provided by Apple Computer, Inc., no additional USB FDD
drivers are necessary.
3 When inserting a formatted floppy disk into the USB FDD, a floppy disk icon
(Mac OS X 10.2) or a removable disk icon (Mac OS X 10.1) will appear on the
desktop. The floppy disk is now accessible.
4 If the floppy disk is not yet formatted for use, a message will appear
indicating the disk will need to be initialized using the Disk Utility program
prior to operation. Messages may vary slightly between different Mac OS
systems.
in Mac OS X 10.1.5, the message may read as shown. For instructions to
initialize the floppy disk, see page 13.
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Setting up the product for Macintosh
In Mac OS X 10.2.8, the message may read as shown. For instructions to
initialize the floppy disk, see page 13.
Mac OS X 9.x
To install the USB FDD drivers:
1 Start the computer, then connect the USB cable to the USB port on the
computer.
2 Because computers with Mac OS X or later include a “USB Mass Storage
Support” driver provided by Apple Computer, Inc., no additional USB FDD
drivers are necessary.
3 Insert a formatted floppy disk into the USB FDD. A floppy icon will appear
on the desktop.
4 If the floppy disk is not yet formatted for use in Mac OS 9.x, a message will
appear indicating the disk will need to be initialized prior to operation.
Messages may vary slightly between different Mac OS systems.
For instructions to initialize the floppy disk, see page 15.
Using the product
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Using the product
Using the USB FDD with Windows
USB Hub
If using a USB Hub to power the USB FDD, be sure to use a self-powered hub that
utilizes an AC power adapter. Do not use bus-powered hubs, such as USB hub
dongles or the USB ports built into keyboards. Bus-powered hubs do not supply
enough power to operate the USB FDD.
Booting
Some recently manufactured main boards and notebook computers include
advanced BIOS features that support booting from a USB FDD. For more details
how to enable system booting from the USB FDD, please refer to the main board
manual. If the main board does not support this, the computer will not be able to
boot from the USB FDD.
Virus Scan Software
Some virus detection software automatically scan built-in floppy disk drives.
When such software is in operation, the computer may become slow or unstable.
Standby Mode
The USB FDD supports the standby mode of Windows 98 as explained in PC99
standards. However, if standby mode does not seem to work correctly, unplug the
USB FDD before entering standby.
Windows XP
Connecting the USB FDD using Windows XP:
1 Connect the USB cable to the USB port on the computer.
2 Turn on your computer. After startup is complete, click the My Computer
icon. A new floppy disk icon appears on the My Computer screen.
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Using the product
Note: Unlike a general disk drive, the USB FDD is not always assigned the
“Drive A” designation. The drive letter assigned depends on your
computer’s configuration.
Disconnecting the USB FDD using Windows XP:
1 Left-click the USB icon in the system tray. A message displays to safely
remove the floppy drive. Click inside the message box.
.
2 A balloon displays to confirm that it is safe to remove the USB FDD.
3 Unplug the USB FDD cable from the computer.
Windows 98 or Windows 98 SE
Connecting the USB FDD using Windows 98 or Windows 98 SE:
1 Connect the USB cable to the USB port on the computer.
2 Turn on your computer. After startup is complete, click the My Computer
icon. A new floppy disk icon appears on the My Computer screen.
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Disconnecting the USB FDD using Windows 98 or Windows 98 SE:
1 Make sure the green LED indicator is not on and data is not being read or
written to the USB FDD.
2 Unplug the USB FDD cable from the computer.
Using the USB FDD with Macintosh
USB Hub
If using a USB Hub to power the USB FDD, be sure to use a self-powered hub that
utilizes an AC power adapter. Do not use bus-powered hubs, such as USB hub
dongles or the USB ports built into keyboards. Bus-powered hubs do not supply
enough power to operate the USB FDD.
Floppy Disks
The USB FDD does not support 2DD 800KB Mac format disks or ProDos (Apple-II)
formatted disks. Do not select this menu on the initialize dialog box.
Some application programs use more than one installation floppy disk.
Application installers sometimes require the use of the auto-eject feature to
switch disks. In such cases, the disk change mechanisms will not work with the
USB FDD.
Floppy disks formatted manually to avoid illegal duplication cannot be installed.
Some CD-ROM software applications may utilize these types of floppy disks.
Auto-Eject
The USB FDD does not support Auto-Eject functions. Floppy disks must be ejected
manually.
Booting
Macintosh does not support booting from the USB FDD.
Mac OS X 10.1 and 10.2
If the floppy disk is not yet formatted for use, a message will appear indicating the
disk will need to be initialized using the Disk Utility program prior to operation.
Messages may slightly vary between different Mac OS systems.
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Using the product
To initialize the disk for Mac OS X 10.1.5 and Mac OS X 10.2.8:
1 in Mac OS X 10.1.5, the message may read as shown. Click Initialize... to
enter the Disk Utility program.
2 in Mac OS X 10.2.8, the message may read as shown. Click Launch Disk
Utility... to enter the Disk Utility program.
3 After the Disk Utility has opened and populated the disk drives of the
computer (in the left window pane), highlight the floppy drive, and click
Erase. Then select the desired Volume Format and edit the name of the disk.
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4 Click to confirm the disk (volume) should be erased. When the process
completes, the floppy disk is ready for operation.
Mac OS X 9.x
If the floppy disk is not yet formatted for use, a message will appear indicating the
disk will need to be initialized using the Disk Utility program prior to operation.
Messages may slightly vary between different Mac OS systems.
To initialize the disk for Mac OS X 9.x:
1 in Mac OS X 9.x, the message may read as shown. Type a name for the
floppy disk, then select the desired format type.
2 Click Initialize, then click Continue to confirm initialization. After the
floppy disk is formatted, it is ready for use.
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Using the product
Ejecting the disk
To remove a floppy disk:
1 Drag the floppy disk icon on to the trash can icon, which will change to an
Eject icon.
2 Drop the floppy disk icon, and the floppy disk can be safely removed.
Note: Only remove the floppy disk as outlined above. If the floppy disk is
removed without following the Eject procedure above, the Mac OS may
become unstable, and the contents of disk may become corrupt.
Disconnecting the USB FDD
Before unplugging the USB FDD:
1 Be sure the floppy disk has been ejected.
2 Make sure the green LED indicator is not on and data is not being read or
written to the USB FDD.
3 Unplug the USB FDD cable from the computer.
Note: Do not unplug the USB FDD during sleep mode. This may cause errors
when resuming the computer. If sleep mode does not work correctly, try
unplugging the USB FDD before entering sleep mode.
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Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting
Problem
Solution
The drive cannot be recognized.
• The drive hasn't been connected correctly.
Make sure that the USB cable and power
connector are tightly connected.
• If you installed a USB 2.0 PCI card, make sure
that the PCI card driver has been installed.
• If your PC has a built-in USB 2.0 port and you
are using Windows 98SE, install the driver.
• Check the BIOS settings.
The drive can't read the disk.
Make sure that the proper disk is inserted in the
drive.
• The USB FDD supports DOS-formatted 1.44
MB and 720 kb disks.
• The USB FDD supports Mac-formatted 1.4 MB
disks. The USB FDD does not support
Mac-formatted 800 kb disks.
There is noise while reading the disk. If there are labels on the disk, they will cause
noise.
The drive cannot write to a disk.
• The floppy disk is too full.
• The blank disk needs a full format first.
Message reads: “The USB device
cannot operate because it needs
more power than is available.”
• If the USB FDD is connected via a USB hub,
use a self-powered USB hub with an AC
adapter.
• Do not connect the USB FDD to the USB port
of a Macintosh keyboard.
• Connect the USB FDD to a USB port on the
computer.
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Specifications
Problem
Solution
Power Mac G4 freezes at startup if a There are reports of some problems with the
USB FDD is connected
Power Mac G4, iBook, and PowerBook running
Mac OS 9.0.2 or Mac OS 9.0.3. See Apple
Computer's Tech Info Library for more
information.
• Unplug the USB FDD from the computer
before startup.
• After startup is complete, plug the USB FDD
into the USB port on the computer.
• Install Mac OS 9 Update (9.0.4) using the
Software Update control panel or download
it from Apple Software Updates at
http://www.apple.com/swupdates/.
USB FDD works very slowly in Mac OS This is a known issue in early versions of Mac OS
X
X. MS-DOS disk support on Mac OS X has been
improved in later versions.
Check the Apple Software Updates online at
http://www.apple.com/swupdates/ for new
releases of Mac OS X.
Specifications
Performance
Transfer rate
500 Kbps
Certification
FCC Class B and CE Certified
Data buffer
2 MB
FDD format
support
• 2HD: Macintosh and Windows: 1.44MB (512byte x 18
sector x 80 track)
• 2DD: Windows: 720KB (512byte x 9 sector x 80 track)
Operating System
Support
• Windows XP / 2000 / Me / 98 SE
• Macintosh OS X 9.0 or higher
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Specifications
Physical
Interface
USB 1.1, A type, USB 2.0 Compatible
USB connector
Type A USB
USB cable length
15.75 inches
(400 mm)
Voltage
DC +5V ± 5%, 500mA (No AC power adapter required,
self powered via USB)
Dimensions
H×W×L
0.67 × 3.98 × 6.1 inches
(17 × 101 ×155 mm)
Weight
0.54 lbs.
(245 g)
Environment
Temperature
41°F to 95°F
(5°C to 35°C)
Humidity
20% ~ 80% RH non-condensing
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Legal notices
Legal notices
FCC Compliance Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
• This device may not cause harmful interference, and
• This device must accept any interference received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation.
FCC Warning Statement
Caution: Class 3B visible and invisible laser radiation when open.
• This equipment has been tested and found to comply within the limits for a
class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are
designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate
radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the
instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to
radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the
equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
• Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver
• Connect the equipment into an outlet different from that to which the
receiver is connected
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Caution: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
ICES-Canada's Interference -Causing Equipment Standards
This equipment complies with the applicable technical standards of ices 003:1997
in accordance with the measurement procedures specified in CISPR22-96.
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One-Year Limited Warranty
Dynex Products (“Dynex”) warrants to you, the original purchaser of this new DX-EF101
(“Product”), that the Product shall be free of defects in the original manufacture of the material or
workmanship for a period of one (1) year from the date of your purchase of the Product (“Warranty
Period”). This Product must be purchased from an authorized dealer of Dynex brand Products and
packaged with this warranty statement. This warranty does not cover refurbished product. If you
notify Dynex during the Warranty Period of a defect covered by this warranty that requires service,
terms of this warranty apply.
How long does the coverage last?
The Warranty Period lasts for one year (365 days) from the date you purchased the Product. The
purchase date is printed on the receipt you received with the Product.
What does this warranty cover?
During the Warranty Period, if the original manufacture of the material or workmanship of the
Product is determined to be defective by an authorized Dynex repair center or store personnel,
Dynex will (at its sole option): (1) repair the Product with new or rebuilt parts; or (2) replace the
Product at no charge with new or rebuilt comparable products or parts. Products and parts replaced
under this warranty become the property of Dynex and are not returned to you. If service of products
and parts are required after the Warranty Period expires, you must pay all labor and parts charges.
This warranty lasts as long as you own your Dynex Product during the Warranty Period. Warranty
coverage terminates if you sell or otherwise transfer the Product.
How to obtain warranty service?
If you purchased the Product at a retail store location, take your original receipt and the Product to
the store you purchased it from. Make sure that you place the Product in its original packaging or
packaging that provides the same amount of protection as the original packaging. If you purchased
the Product from an online web site, mail your original receipt and the Product to the address listed
on the web site. Make sure that you put the Product in its original packaging or packaging that
provides the same amount of protection as the original packaging.
To obtain in-home warranty service for a television with a screen 25 inches or larger, call
1-888-BESTBUY. Call agents will diagnose and correct the issue over the phone or will have an
Dynex-approved repair person dispatched to your home.
Where is the warranty valid?
This warranty is valid only to the original purchaser of the Product in the United States, Canada, and
Mexico.
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What does the warranty not cover?
This warranty does not cover:
• Customer instruction
• Installation
• Set up adjustments
• Cosmetic damage
• Damage due to acts of God, such as lightning strikes
• Accident
• Misuse
• Abuse
• Negligence
• Commercial use
• Modification of any part of the Product
• Plasma display panel damaged by static (non-moving) images applied for lengthy periods
(burn-in).
This warranty also does not cover:
• Damage due to incorrect operation or maintenance
• Connection to an incorrect voltage supply
• Attempted repair by anyone other than a facility authorized by Dynex to service the Product
• Products sold as is or with all faults
• Consumables, such as fuses or batteries
• Products where the factory applied serial number has been altered or removed
REPAIR REPLACEMENT AS PROVIDED UNDER THIS WARRANTY IS YOUR EXCLUSIVE REMEDY. DYNEX
SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES FOR THE BREACH OF ANY
EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY ON THIS PRODUCT, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOST DATA,
LOSS OF USE OF YOUR PRODUCT, LOST BUSINESS OR LOST PROFITS. DYNEX PRODUCTS MAKES NO
OTHER EXPRESS WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO THE PRODUCT, ALL EXPRESS AND IMPLIED
WARRANTIES FOR THE PRODUCT, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF
AND CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE LIMITED IN
DURATION TO THE WARRANTY PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE AND NO WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS
OR IMPLIED, WILL APPLY AFTER THE WARRANTY PERIOD. SOME STATES, PROVINCES AND
JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS, SO THE
ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. THIS WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS,
AND YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS, WHICH VARY FROM STATE TO STATE OR PROVINCE TO
PROVINCE.
Contact Dynex:
For customer service please call 1-800-305-2204
www.dynexproducts.com
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