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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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Re: Floppy disk problem

Are the drivers for the floppy drives up to date?

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Sabrent external floppy reader is asking me to format my floppy disk. how can a format it without deleting my files on floppy disk?

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

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That drive has "died". Replace it with any compatible floppy-disk drive.

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Noy reading drive A:.floppy disc is says please insert disk in drive a:

Have you tried to format the floppy disc first?
If the disc is new it needs to be formatted.

Does the LED light up when accessing the disk in the drive?

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I put a floppy disk into my Mad Dog Multimedia device and the green light came on and the whirring sound began and then finished but nothing appeared on my desktop to indicate that the disk was loaded. ...

Have you tried another disc?
If you have a spare disc and after formatting, you fill it with data,
check the output. If it's read, then the problem is with your original disc.

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Most floppy disks that you will still be able to find are 1.44MB DSDD disks, which a 720k drive will not be able to read. Check the capacity rating of the disks. Also the 720k drive has got to be at least 20+ years old, and the read/write heads may simply not work anymore. 1.44MB flopyy drives are literally a dime a dozen, you can probably pick one up at your local thrift store or electronics recycler for less than the bus fare it took to get there.

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Bought this New Dell Internal / External USB Floppy Drive 1.44Mb

Hello there
you will need to check the way the device reads the disk if may have changed if you tried using a ordinary dvd then went a dvd/r some times you need to change the settings back to the way it was when you installed it ok
best regards mike

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Asking to format not reading floppies

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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Sounds like you have a bad floppy drive. If you are unable to read a disk and it wants to format it so it can read it try letting it format a floppy with no data on it or with floppy you don't care about. If it can format and you can read and write to it, then bad disks. If not then you know you have a bad floppy drive. Replace and enjoy.

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Epson smd349 floppy

Hi Elia, 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. Let us know what happens and please don?t forget to rate the posting.

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