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Constantly accessing floppy drive

Alastair Grant | Fri 9 Sep 2011

So as a nostaligic type of person, I have a 3.5" floppy drive in my computer. Not having a UEFI BIOS, I still find it a handy device for recovering the computer and upgrading firmware.

But it has just gone crazy. It tries to access every second, creating a steady clicking/grating noise that they do when trying to access something that isn't there.

Suspicious of what could be wanting to keep an eye on my floppy drive I kick off a full AV scan of my computer - but no joy.

A bit of old-school troubleshooting found the culprit "CDMA Device Service", a Windows service without any useful information.

It appears to have been installed as part of Samsung Kies, the property junk that Samsung require to sync their phones to a desktop. Disabling this has stopped the problem, but no idea what impact this will have on my phone syncing going forward.

It really winds me up, manufacturers installing services and such on your computer. Most of the time there is no need for it, programs should be run on demand and closed when done.

I would be very happy to see Microsoft implement functionality into Windows to restrict the installation of services and the option to intelligently fire them when the installing program is executed.

Breaking from the voyeuristic norms of the Internet, any comments can be made in private by contacting me.

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