Question about Sony (1QTY) Beige 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive 1.44mb (CFDDSWHT) Floppy Drive

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Floppy disc not working

Yesterday I used my floppy disc and an hour latter when I went to use it again it would not work. It came up that the disc was not formatted, but it was and if I formate it I will loose everthing I have on it.

Can you give me any help on how i can open it.



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  • hendo1946 Jan 20, 2009

    Thanks for trying but joy with your suggestions.

  • hendo1946 Jan 20, 2009

    Thanks for trying but NO joy with your suggestions



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Sometimes u can go to a different computer and get the disk to work. Most of the time u can't though. I suggest you try a few different computers (new and old computers) and if you get one to read it get your info off and save it to another floppy or a flash drive or something. I have also tried the format option and it will always say that the disk can't be formatted. I usually toss them in the trash after that.
You may also try running a standard windows scandisk on the disk. A lot of people feel more secure saving their stuff to a floppy, mostly because it's something physical they can hang onto and carry around. But the truth is that they are far too unreliable to use given the wide range of other options available today (e-mail, ftp, jump drives, hard drives, cd-roms, etc.)

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    blueextc3221 Jan 20, 2009

    I've found that disks with that error message can be saved - sometimes.
    It basically means that the disk has errors on it. If you do a Scandisk on that floppy, checking the "thorough" option, it will fix bad sectors if they are repairable. Sometimes the bad sectors are where your important data is stored, and you may lose some. But many times I've been able to recover most if not all the data.
    Open up my computer and right click on the floppy, go to properties, then tools. Click on Check Now in the error checking section.
    An interesting note though - using Scandisk on a Win98 machine works, while using the error check on a Win2000 machine usually doesn't.
    I work at a school, and a lot of students bring these disks to me. Always save your work on a hard drive somewhere, then back up to floppy. Good luck!

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    blueextc3221 Jan 20, 2009

    Because this isnt what you wanted to hear does not make it worthy of a "thanks for trying" rating.

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    blueextc3221 Jan 21, 2009

    I would appreciate you returning HERE to modify your rating from "thans for trying" to a higher rating. The eperts here at Fixya are assigned a percentage in direct correlation to the ratings given. A "thanks for trying" rating greatly skews the average in a negative way. Your question was answered with the appropriate response - even if it is not what you wanted to hear.

    Your cooperation is appreciated.



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