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My A drive is external and wont open any disk...it wants to reformatt my disk but i have rare pics on it and dont want to lose them

My A drive is external and wont open any disk...it wants to reformatt my disk but i have rare oics on it and dont want to lose them

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When the floppy drive is external and won't read a disk this means the head is misaligned/dirty/damaged. There is little you can do but try a head cleaning disk, but in my experience its normaly quite fatal when they come up with that.

Posted on May 25, 2009

  • Dudeman321 May 26, 2009

    By fatal I mean for the drive not the disk, sorry.

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