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I have a lot of floppy diskettes full of photos I want to transfer to my Windows vista PC or my Mac. The PC recognizes the floppy drive, but wants to format the diskette before I can use it. But I don't want to format. I lost my husband to pancreatic cancer 7 months ago. I long to see the photos we took together years ago including our wedding pictures. Is there a software I can buy to transfer the photos to my PC for me? Thank you for your help if you can. Annie

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  • watcheson Feb 08, 2010

    Dear Stephan:


    thanks for your email. I have hundreds of floppies. I don't know if I can afford to have recovery specialists.


    I have a PC running Windows Vista. I have a Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.2
    My mom is using a laptop running Windows XP.


    Annie

  • watcheson Feb 08, 2010

    Dear Stephen:



    I am sorry that I did not let you know that I no longer have the camera. I just have all the floppy diskettes and a new floppy drive that I just bought not too lonh ago.



    Annie

  • watcheson Feb 08, 2010

    Dear Stephen:


    The Tools disk check gives me this message:


    The disk check could not be performed because Windows cannot access the disk.


    Annie

  • watcheson Feb 08, 2010

    Dear Stephen:


    I downloaded DIskDigger. WHen trying to run, I have this error message:


    Warning:
    error while getting information about the drive A:
    50: the request is not supported.


    This time I inserted an empty diskette. I formatted as suggested. I have this message:


    Windows was unable to complete the format.


    So I don't whether this is a problem of Windows or disk drive. The drive certainly responded.


    Annie



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Two ways this can be done. if you go to a photo shop... most stores seem to have the machines now even walmart you can take the diskettes and put them into the machine and print out the pics or all the pics from each diskette. the other way is to find someone that has a computer running xp. if it's asking to format the disks they may have failed (sorry to be the bearer of bad news). if neither of these methods work please let me know as i can direct you to further methods. i do data recovery for a living so all isn't lost.

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Hello Annie

I'm sorry about your husband. The problem with floppy disks are that they are corrupted very easily as is. They also tend to get corrupted with age.

I would recommend you take the floppy's to recovery specialists but here are some basic steps that you can try that will not compromise the integrity of the data if you wish to take it to a recovery service.

I have some other methods but these are too dangerous and I cannot recommend them knowing what these photo's mean to you.

Okay , firstly , I will need to know what operating system you are using so I can give you the correct instructions.

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Stephan

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    Stephan Reichert Feb 08, 2010

    Okay , we'll take it step for step and see what works. The first thing I need you to do is insert a floppy into the camera and then connect it to the vista computer.

    Then , once turned on and your PC recognizes the camera , right click on the camera (or camera floppy drive) in "my computer" and select properties.



    Then , follow the instructions on the following image to run a disk check.


    This will analyze the disk and try to repair bad sectors. If this does not work , let me know and we can try the next step.

    Also , have your tried using the floppy's in a floppy drive other than your camera? If you have one available , test it.

    Stephan


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    Stephan Reichert Feb 08, 2010

    That's fine , insert the floppy into the drive and follow the same steps as described. The process is the same.

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    Stephan Reichert Feb 08, 2010

    Okay , then do the following.

    CLICK HERE and download disc digger.

    Download this free tool and run it on you floppy and it should be able to recover all pictures if it can access the disk.

    After downloading and running (no installation required) , simply select deep scan and your floppy drive with the floppy inserted and it will start scanning, To recover a found file , right click it and select save.

    Please note that the file names will not be available and also that some of the properties of the photo like date taken could be lost.

    Stephan


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    Stephan Reichert Feb 08, 2010

    For a test , go out and buyan empty disk and try coping anything to it. If this will not work ,the drive is probably faulty. Otherwise , I have one more option to try.

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