Please, I’d like you to help me with this. A friend of mine has a flash memory (Kingston DataTraveler 1GB) which is recognized as a floppy disk (1.44 MB) in any computer he inserts it.
I’m not talking about a “bootable” flash memory. I’m talking about inserting it in a USB port when the computer is already turned on and Windows XP has already been loaded.
At first, he thought this was something related to Windows XP, some settings, whatever. Then, he realized that this is a feature of the flash memory itself because it’s recognized as a floppy disk in any computer he uses it.
He doesn’t know how this thing started to happen. It wasn’t him who set it to be like that and he doesn’t know how to revert this either.
We’ve read about it on the internet and we found something which says that a flash memory is able to “emulate” a floppy drive. We don’t know exactly if that’s what’s happening here. We don’t even know how to do that “emulation” either.
Another curiosity… His flash memory has two partitions: one of them is as big as a floppy disk (1.44 MB) and the other one is as big as the residual amount of space.
Well, that’s it. Now, what I want to know is:
- Why is this flash memory being recognized as a floppy disk?
- I have a flash memory just like my friend’s, same model. How can I make this flash memory of mine be recognized as floppy disk as well?
- How can we revert my friend’s flash memory behavior, I mean, make it be recognized as an ordinary flash memory?
- Do those two partitions have something to do with its behavior?
- How do I delete a partition and create a new one for my flash memory?
- What about that “emulation” thing?
Thanks a lot for your attention, guys.