How can you disable the floppy drive?

Published on April 24th, 2009 at 6:18 am

Last modified on August 13th, 2012 at 11:32 pm



You’d like to secure a desktop computer by disabling the floppy drive to anyone but the IT staff. What’s the best way to accomplish this?

A) Remove the floppy drive from the computer.

B) Disconnect the floppy drive cable from the drive.

C) Disable the floppy drive in the BIOS and set a supervisor password.

D) Remove the operating system drivers for the floppy drive.


The answer: C) Disable the floppy drive in the BIOS and set a supervisor password.

The computer’s Basic Input/Output System provides a way to disable most pieces of hardware on a system. With the addition of a supervisor password, only authorized users could re-enable the floppy drive.

The incorrect answers:

A) Remove the floppy drive from the computer.
The removal of the drive would certainly make it unavailable to the end users, but it would also make it unavailable to the IT staff.

B) Disconnect the floppy drive cable from the drive.
This is similar to physically removing the drive, which means that the IT staff would have go through the impractical process of opening the computer and reconnecting the cable to use the floppy drive.

D) Remove the operating system drivers for the floppy drive.
Most drivers are re-loaded when Windows restarts, and other operating systems would not be affected by this change. A change to the operating system would also restrict the use of the floppy drive by the IT staff.

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