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External floppy drive

I can not get this to work. It says i have to format the disks and that will erase what is on them. I want to view the disks. Please help

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  • mklb52 Sep 05, 2008

    cd suppliedby circuit city does nothing, al when it tries to work pop up saying to foor mat disc,but this would erase it i am using vista system any help would be appreciated,thanks

  • Anonymous Sep 06, 2008

    Help.......I have the same disc needs format issue. I don't want to lose the important items on my disc. I just want to transfer them to my computer which does not have an enternal floppy drive. Any help would be greatly appeciated.

  • Anonymous Sep 21, 2008

    I have the same problem. I put in numerous type of disks, some with just data from programs like WORD and QUICKEN, one that was an installation disk for Windows 95 Microsoft Project. I wanted to transfer the information to my computer and with each one I came up with the same error that the disk was not formated properly and would I like to reformat.

    I tried compatibility wizard on windows for W95 in case backward windows compatibility was the issue but it did not help.

  • johnnyvandal Jan 24, 2009

    i can not read my floppy disks on my nexxtech usb floppy disk drive

    it asked me if i want to reformate the floppy disk

    but if i do that i will erase my floppy disk

    what do i do

    johnnyvandals@yahoo.com



    please fix this or i will return to you for refund

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I have this usb external floppy disk driver and it says I have to fromat the disk nd that will erase what is n the disk. Please help me.

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I called the store where i purchased it and they helped me for free. Thanks anyway.

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This would erase all the contents of your C: hard disk drive. In other words, unless you wish to erase all your computer's information, this command should not be done unless you're planning to start over.

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UNABLE TO READ A NEW, UNUSED FLOOPY DISK THAT I PUT NEW INFORMATION ONTO. THE ERROR, AS I CALL IT ASK ME IF I WISH TO FORMAT THE FLOPPY. IT REFUSES TO READ THE FLOPPY DISK WHICH HAS MY INCOME TAX INFO...


The disk may have unrecoverable formatting errors making it useless. Or your hardware could be on the failure.

If you absolutely must , try purchasing or borrowing an external floppy drive and try to save the information to the disk on the external drive. If if formats and works then you know your internal floppy drive is bad.

If it has the same problems as formatting it in your internal drive, then the floppy itself is bad.

If I may suggest , in the future it would be wiser to save all your data to a removable USB Flash Drive. They are very very inexpensive and cost a lot less then a box of floppies :)

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