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
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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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
I remember a time when floppy disks were actually stable.
More than likely one or more things could be the cause of your headaches..
1) the floppy disk is flawed, or not properly formatted. You can go to www.bootdisk.com and download a utility that will write a windows98 boot disk to your floppy.. this method writes per cycles, and checks that the write has been successful, once written, and booted into, you should be able to swap the floppy disk out for one with your flash utility, and bios file on it.
2) the floppy drive could be faulty. I have seen several drives claim to have formatted a disk, but infact had not because the read / write head in the drive had gone bad over the years.
3) There may be a memory problem on your system, faulty, yet funtional memory modules are all too common. When you boot from a floppy, most times they store the " dos " operating system in memory to save time from reading the floppy disk again and again.
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.
The simple answer to your question is yes. The trick is getting the external floppy drive.
If you have one you should be able to connect it to you mac and simply drag the files on to your desktop. Depending what the files are you should then be able to still read them and save them on the mac in a new format.
It really depends on what format the files are and what app they where created in.
Floppy disks! I have not come across them for years! The process is quite slow!
The disk may have unrecoverable formatting errors making it useless. Or your hardware could be on the failure.
If you absolutely must , try purchasing or borrowing an external floppy drive and try to save the information to the disk on the external drive. If if formats and works then you know your internal floppy drive is bad.
If it has the same problems as formatting it in your internal drive, then the floppy itself is bad.
If I may suggest , in the future it would be wiser to save all your data to a removable USB Flash Drive. They are very very inexpensive and cost a lot less then a box of floppies :)
Floppy disk drives (and disks) are not that reliable and usually fail, especially on older computers. A test would be to try a different floppy, also try formatting a different floppy. Can you read the problem floppy from a different computer?
First, you should try to keep the floppy drive. If you can find one, I highly recommend getting the floppy drive cleaner diskette. They're hard to find now, but it's worth it if you want to continue to use your floppy drives. If cleaning it doesn't resolve the issue, next item to try is replacement of the floppy drive. You can borrow a floppy drive from someone, plug it in and test to side if it fixes the problem, if not, then it's either a motherboard issue (which I doubt) or a software/windows XP problem (more likely of the two). In which case I would recommend reinstalling windows XP to see if it fixes the problem before shopping for a new motherboard or a new computer.
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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