Question about Dynex DX-EF101 (DXEF101) External Floppy Drive

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I need help

I just got a dynex dx-ef101,
and i have windows vista,it works,but im lost,,
i hit the floppy drive,and it said format,,
but it wont work,i worte a book on a word proceser''
and i want to put it on my computer,,
so i bought this,,
but when it formats it erace's the floppy,,
how do i solve this problem,,,
please help

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  • profa Feb 17, 2008

    o.k but,the geek squad told me this should work,,

    it wont let me format,but erace,,

    and how do i

    ''1 is to re-save your "book" as pure text and try again;''
    please i need help,

    i just want my book on my computer,

  • profa Feb 17, 2008

    o.k i have a ''acer'' brand new computer,windows vista,

    every thing new on a computer,

    and how do i check my'' file system ''

    im new to this computer talk,and how do i look up recovery

    please help,,

  • profa Feb 17, 2008

    thank you,i'll get back with the name of the word processor,

    but i'll try what you said

  • profa Feb 17, 2008

    i have a smith carona word processer,

  • profa Feb 17, 2008

    i have a smith carona word processer,

    ''re-save your "book" as pure text''how do i do that,

    please help,,,

  • profa Feb 17, 2008

    it use's the standard 3.5 inch diskette.,

  • profa Feb 17, 2008

    this is what the carona screen reads,,

    1-create-edit to view documents

    2-set margins-take and format


    4-save to diskette

    5-recall from diskette

    6-erase files

    7-merge documents with personal card

    8-format diskette

    9-corona calc-spread sheet,,

    and i have a 3.5 inch,

    so what do i go on to

    "re-save your "book" as pure text" - has to be done at the word processor where it was originally written or where the original file resides.

    please let me know,,,

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2008


  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2008

    not format



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Two possible reasons:
1. the disk formatting system of the word processor is not compatible with your current computer's operating system;
2. the disc has been damaged and therefore unreadable.

The solution for possibility #1 is to re-save your "book" as pure text and try again;

The solution for the 2nd would be two fold. You need to get hold of a file recovery software and try to recover the contents of the diskette. Once done then you can format if so needed.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Thank you for using FixYa.

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    Louie Role Feb 17, 2008

    Hi again,

    "re-save your "book" as pure text" - has to be done at the word processor where it was originally written or where the original file resides.

    Format of course would erase any and all contents of the diskette.

    perhaps you should try a recovery if at all your PC would be able to read the contents of the diskette this is again assuming that the file system is recognizable by your OS.

  • Louie  Role
    Louie Role Feb 17, 2008

    and Hello again,

    Am I correct in my understanding that:
    1. your new PC is an Acer with Windows Vista;
    2. you have successfully connected and installed a Dynex DX-EF101 External USB Floppy Disk Drive to your Acer PC;
    3. you wrote a book in a Word Processor;
    4. in that word processor, you saved your "book" into a diskette;
    5. you are now trying to copy that "book" in the diskette to your Acer PC;
    6. when the diskette is inside the Dynex DX-EF101 External USB Floppy Disk Drive, the ACer PC will not read the contents of the diskette and you are asked to format it;

    If yes, then my original post still stand:
    a. the format of the diskette from the word processor is not compatible with your Acer Vista;
    b. you need to copy again the "book" in pure text form. The diskette must be formatted to suit the Windows Vista.

    Perhaps it may be to our mutual advantage if you can post the brand and model of the word processor.


  • Louie  Role
    Louie Role Feb 17, 2008

    Thank you for your patience and update.

    I was about to request the specific model number so as to look for an online manual. However this Smith Corona FAQ "Where do I purchase Owner’s Manuals" says manuals are for sale hence nothing available online for free.

    On another page of the FAQ, Is the information on my personal word processor diskette computer compatible?

    Smith Corona personal word processors diskettes are computer
    compatible. These are usually the ones that use the standard 3.5 inch
    If the Smith Corona personal word processor uses the 2.8 inch diskette,
    the files are not computer compatible. This data was saved in a
    proprietary language and must be converted in order to use with a
    computer. You may want to contact Pivar Computing Services, Inc. at
    1-800-266-8378 for data conversion.
    If you have a specific question concerning PWP data compatibility with
    computers, please call the toll free number at 1-800-448-1018 and have
    your PWP model number ready

    From what I can gather, those models that can save the files to a 1.44 diskette uses ASCII which can only be read by a PC using a specialized program an ASCII to TEXT Converter such as here, here and here.

    Alternately, what can be done is to scan the printed pages of the book and use an OCR to convert them to plain text.

    I'm sorry but there is no easy way to go about this.

    Additionally, there are a few programs that are designed for this sort of conversion (Smith Corona Files to other file extension) ., such as this one. Still there are firms who do this sort of conversion such as Avanstar, Inc.

    This I'm afraid is the extent of assistance that can be provided. Offhand, the cheapest would be to use the scanner/OCR but that of course would take some time depending on the number of pages.

    Again, good luck and thank you for using FixYa.



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