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I connected an external USB floppy drive to my computer and it will not read the floppy disks, it says they need to be reformatted, but if I do that I lose the information on the disks, which is what I want to download.

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It is possible that you need to slightly blow air into your floppy,(air can)
The reader could be covered with dust and it can't read them.
How old is the info... and what language are you using in those discs

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