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Floppy disks are formatted but when inserted it tells me it isn't formatted and I cannot format then because all the information will be lost. Can you help?

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This often happens when the Floppy Disk drive head is faulty or out of azimuth. Usually when this happens you need to replace the froppy disk drive unit, which is not an expensive part.
If you do not want to take apart your PC to change the internal FDD, you can also buy an external USB floppy drive, in this case ensure you have a free USB port on your computer.
Here is USB external FDD:
External Floppy Disk Drive - Black
Here is internal one:
1.44MB Floppy Disk Drive

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