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Asking to format not reading floppies

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.

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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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