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Have a designer 1 and the 5d embroidery .I can get the designs from the computer to the floppy, but my machine will not read them. I have done this in hus and vip sharon Habets

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The floppy disk drives are getting quite old.

They work by moving a small magnetic coil over the disk similar to the needle on a record player. The magnetic coil (known as a "read/write head") must be very close to the disk to read the data. Unfortunately, dust tends to gather under the read/write head and lifts it up away from the disk.

Option 1)
A simple thing to try is spray some "canned air" into the drive unit. This will hopefully blow the dust ball off the read/write head. Canned air is available at target, walmart and office supply stores near the electronic departments usually. When you use this method, the canned air is not really just air, and it causes the surface it is sprayed on to get cold. This can cause some condensation (liquid water) to form on the sprayed surfaces. Allow the sprayed surfaces to warm to room temperature and water to evaporate before putting your disk in. It should take less than 15 minutes. If any water is present, it will cause read/write errors and possibly damage your disk too. Take your time and try a couple of sprays. If you can get the disk drive open on the sewing machine, you might be able to simply pull the dust ball off of the read/write head. Be careful not to bend it - it is very delicate piece of sheet metal. Any bend could cause the disk to scratch. Don't be afraid to touch it, just be careful when you do touch it.


There could be other issues associated with the computer on the sewing machine, the cables from the disk drive to the computer (all inside the machine). We can get into that if needed. Let me know if the can of air cleans things out.

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You need to use either Organizer or Disk Manager to put designs on the floppy disk. Both of these are Husqvarna programs, not part of your computers operating system. If you copy shv file directly, the machine does not have all of the information that it needs to read the files. If the folder containing your original shv files that you purchased contains additional files, you just need to copy EVERY file within that folder to the floppy disk and it might work. Don't attempt to move individual files to the floppy. You will need them all.

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You can buy embroidery software from Viking that will allow you to write design files onto floppy disks, but you can find other embroidery software packages that support the D1 which cost quite a bit less - make sure that file type .sv1 is supported before you buy.

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Push the floppy drive lid inwards and do the following:

First of all, check for any visible thread or dust inside the floppy drive.

Secondly clean the drive by blowing it with compressed air.

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