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Floppy disk problem

Hi, I have several new HP desktops.  I am finding that all of them have sporadic problems with reading/formatting floppies.  I have tried several new, different brands of floppies in these drives.  Sometimes they format fine, sometimes they get to the end of the format and tell me it cannot format.     Any ideas? Thank you! i have the same problem, i have an external floppy drive and windows cannot format them, why? am running windows vista

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