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MSWindows 1.44MB floppy drive - software problem

On a Win2K SP2 system: I'm unable to format any floppy disk:
Note: I'm able to read/write already formatted diskettes just fine.

C:\> format /q/x a:
The type of the file system is RAW.
the new file system is FAT.
Quickformatting 1.44M
Cannot lock the drive. The volume is still in use.

The /X switch is supposed to dismount the drive first, in case any
process is using the drive.

What I've done already:
         1. killed all backup software processes (3)
         2. tried to kill all anti-virus processes (2 of 3 won't let me)
         3. killed all processes (2) from some Kodak USB camera software
I didn't think that the camera software would cause any problem, but I
zapped all its processes anyway, just in case

Doing all of the above still does not fix the problem.
- the problem is difficult:
1. How do I determine which process is using the drive?

Thanks for any suggestions/help - will try to answer my own question
this week by trying to figure out what a Windows "file handle" is...
Is it an FCB (File Control Block)?

My training and terminology harken back to VAX/VMS and BSD4.x Unix.

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  • qwerty_tech Feb 25, 2008

    Additioinal info to my above problem: I am logged in as administrator when this
    problem occurs.

  • qwerty_tech Feb 25, 2008

    Additional info for my floppy drive software problem:
    I update my anti-virus software AM and PM, and scan 2X/day.
    The head(s) on the floppy drave are good, since I can read and
    also write to the drive without difficulty.
    I was looking for a nifty command/task mgr screen that would
    simply display on 1 screen all open files held by each process on
    the system. The closest I can find is C:> mem/p (which suks),
    The closest Win2K seems to get is: Task Mgr>PROCESSES,
    (which also suks).


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Won't do anygood to bye new one Einstein !! Its not the floppy drive it your operating system or some program. Mine did the same thing and i switched floppies out and still did the same thing !!!

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Floppy drives are,nt really worth giving yourself a headache over.
Why not try to purchase a new drive for about £5-£10 or get an external for not much more.
they read similar to a tape device, and if the heads are gone, it,ll always read faults.
Alternative, check the system with anti-virus software, to eliminate, the possibility of a virus trying to lock the drive Off.
Mike @ compurepair.

Posted on Feb 25, 2008

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