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Can't read my floppy

The disc manager has just suddenly stopped reading all floppies containing stitch files. It can't even read the original Embroidery Disc 100. Please help. What can I do. I have tried to restart my PC, but its still the same problem.

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Do you use any powerful sewing magnets? May have scramble something with those....

If not may be sewing machine version of the "mother board" fried. Time to send it in for repair or replacement if that is the cause - they need to replace a tiny little expensive part to give it back its brain.

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