Virtual Floppy Drives

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 20, 2009
Updated • Dec 10, 2010
Software, Windows, Windows software

Modern computers do not come with floppy drives anymore which can turn out to be problematic if a software requires a floppy drive. This is usually software that has been written when floppy drives were more common and installed on every computer. Some older operating systems or software programs require a floppy drive for some of their functions.

Virtual floppy drives provide floppy drive functionality in Windows without the need to have a real floppy drive installed. They can be used to mount floppy drive images or use functions in software programs that want to write data to floppy drives.

Virtual Floppy Drive is probably one of the most popular tools to emulate a floppy drive. It is a portable software that is compatible with Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP (Windows Vista and Windows Server 2003 are supposed to work as well). The user can access both the command line or graphical user interface version of the program as both are provided.

It is possible to emulate one or two floppy drives support a wide variety of different media types from 160KB (5.25") to 2.88MB (3.5"). The software supports file and RAM modes, persistent drive letters and integrates itself nicely into the Windows shell.


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  1. esjabe said on April 1, 2011 at 2:23 am

    It is a great little app. Unfortunately for users trying to convert OS/2 fix-pack images with LOADDSKF may be out of luck, An error of “media not supported” arises in this case. This means having to wait for the files to transfer to a USB Floppy then wait for UltraISO to to grind out the .ima image… instead of the lightening speed of the virtual floppy. Ugh! Only 35 more to go…

    If you’ve got a better solution for me… I’d love to hear it.

  2. Daniel said on March 7, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    The “driver has been blocked” message is not due to 64-bit, but because Windows 7 refuses to install drivers from authors who do not pay Microsoft. There are ways to circumvent this, but even then it does not work as VFS has an internal check that automatically quits the program if it is run on a 64-bit system.

    1. FG said on November 11, 2010 at 6:06 pm

      How do you circumvent this?

      1. chronoix said on January 3, 2011 at 11:21 am

        you circumvent this by downloading Virtual PC windows XP mode for Windows 7 and installing/using it under that.

  3. Saiod said on January 10, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    ik it is nice

  4. rene gonzalez said on February 6, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    it won’t work on (64 bits – windows) the error “This driver has been blocked from loading” will appear.

    thank you for your time.

  5. neem said on January 21, 2009 at 6:57 am

    A note to Vista users : remember to run VFD as an Administrator (rt-click on vfd.exe and select “Run as Administrator”).. if you don’t do this.. the driver won’t install from the VFD control panel.

  6. jan said on January 20, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Oh yes indeed, this is great software!
    I’ve described it in my userguide for recovering XP on a Dell-laptop in case the user installed Vista as the main operating system.
    See it over here:

  7. David Bradley said on January 20, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    This won’t work before XP boots up though, I need a sys level virtual floppy! Oh, well…

    1. Martin said on January 20, 2009 at 7:40 pm

      You are right David, it will only work in Windows.

  8. Paul. said on January 20, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Thanks a lot. Great app.

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