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Troubleshooting Floppy Disk Drive Problems in Windowxp

Floppy disk drive can not read floppy disk , a message said , format disk then said window can not formatted

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  • rbrinkman May 11, 2010

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Try using the floppy on another computer, if you have the same problem then the floppy is bad, if it works on another computer then your floppy drive might be bad, if you built the computer, try using another cable for the floppy drive, i ran into problems like that when i put bad cables in

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