My new floppy drive is asking to format my floppy that has information. If I reformat it says it will loose all data. I have tried reformatting a new floppy and it stated that it cannot be formatted. How can I get my info off my floppies.
I can tell you just what I told someone else with the same problem a minute ago. Your computer doesn't support the floppy format you saved the data on the disk with. All you can really do is try putting the disk in every computer you can find until one of them reads it. So, basically, there may not be much you can do. Personally, I hate removable disks. I have that same problem with CDs all the time. Well, good luck.
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Your floppy disk drive may be defective. Also, Some floppy drives are manufactured differently. Your best bet is to find another floppy drive to read your floppy disk. You can try to take it to the nearest computer store and ask them to read it for you. If they can read it at the computer store? The Sabrent drive you received if bad. If they cannot read it the floppy is bad. If the floppy is bad you can try to download free data recovery software to attempt to recover your data, files etc. Good luck
It is possible that there are errors on the floppy disk or the disk was formated using a format that is incompatible with the current operating system. If the disk is readable on another system, the best solution would be to copy the files onto a portable USB flash drive, then reformat the floppy disk using a filesystem that is readable on the desired computer.
This is very, very common. The original drive that the floppy disks, or this current drive if it has been handled roughly, was / is out of alignment.
Try using the original floppy drive that made the majority of the disks, if it is still available. Otherwise, you might try the floppy drive on an older computer. Floppy drives lose alignment over the years, and the user doesn't see it until goes to read a disk that was created a while before.
If the problem is that the disks created by the current drive are wanting to be formatted by the same drive, then the drive is damaged. Replacement of the drive is best solution.
For What Its Worth, I went through 3 MadDog floppy drives as found at Walmart. First 2 were oh so fragile. Third was bullet proof until I dropped my laptop, drive, external hard drive, and bag out the window of a 2 story building. I was frustrated with the operating system....
some floppy can read and some floppy cant read
it means that ur floppy drive reads the information which they originally save it from citizen floppy drives. Floppy drives like citizen if u use in any place u can use the citizen floppy drive any where
Sounds like you have a bad floppy drive. If you are unable to read a disk and it wants to format it so it can read it try letting it format a floppy with no data on it or with floppy you don't care about. If it can format and you can read and write to it, then bad disks. If not then you know you have a bad floppy drive. Replace and enjoy.
Could be a couple of things:
-Your drive may only be a 720K drive. They will format 1.44 MB disks but only with a 720K format. The test is inserting a HD disk and try formatting it as HD.
-The disk could be mislabeled, HD disks have two holes on end opposite the slide, one to write protect the disk and the other to signal to 720/1.44 capable drives this is a HD disk.
-The HD disk could be formatted as a 720K disk even though it is an HD disk, reformat as HD.
-The new, used drive could be damaged.
-The drive could be configured as a 720K by the computers BIOS. You?ll have to enter the BIOS setup find the config for the A drive and set to 1.44MB.
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