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January 8, 2006, 1:11 pm
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reading floppies all of a sudden. Everytime he puts a disk in that he
has used before it says that the disk has been formatted for a
Are there some settings that may have changed? These are disks that he
has used with no problems in the past and they have data on them he
needs to retrieve.
Appreciate any suggestions or help with this....................
Re: Floppy Problem?
I don't know if this is your problem, but XP has a reputation for
having difficulty reading floppies that were formatted on a different
Windows/DOS OS. Do a search and you will find many comments on this
topic. Some contend that if you reformat the floppies with XP, that it
solves the problem and the same disks can be read easily. Perhaps?
What I have found (I think) is many of these same failing floppies can
be read by XP by using a DOS screen (prompt).
This might allow you to at least put the information on the HD where it
can be used.
Re: Floppy Problem?
Temporarily replace the floppy drive with another known-good unit. No
need to even screw it in place for the initial test. If the condition
improves then you will know that the old floppy has bit the big one.
Floppy drives are actually devices which require considerable precision
and perfect calibration to operate properly. The ones being made today
are generally flimsy and, if they were calibrated properly when made,
are likely to lose calibration pretty quickly. Another possibility is
that the heads have become so dirty that they can't read properly but it
seems that most people use their floppy so infrequently that the
computer will be junked before the heads get really gunked up.
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