Recently I switched to Carbonite on two machines at home. After installing the software and starting the backup, I noticed that frequently something would be accessing the floppy drive (or at least trying). Googling around a little bit revealed that this was one of Carbonite’s “features”.
The two suggestions that kept coming up during my search were:
- Insert a floppy, and Carbonite will learn that that drive is a floppy drive
- Sorry, that didn’t work
- Disconnect the floppy drive
- Wait, and then open case when the drive needs to be used? Bad idea!!
There is a third option: disable the floppy drive in Windows.
If you open My Computer, you’ll see something similar to this:
Notice the 3 1/2 Floppy - that’s the one making all the noise. But not for long!
Right-click on the icon, and select Properties from the drop-down menu. Click on the Hardware tab and select the Floppy disk drive.
Click on the Properties button.
On the bottom of the screen is a drop-down box. Click on the drop-down arrow and change the selection to “Do not use this device (disable)”. Click OK.
Click OK on the screen with the 3 1/2 inch Floppy properties, and return to the My Computer screen. Your Floppy Drive A: should be gone, and with it the seeking Carbonite tries to do on it!