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How 2 recover from corrupt floppy disks?

By raticus ·
I had a problem with my floppy driver- drivers recently, fixed problem but now have discovered two important floppys have become corrupt due to this problem. Must have added data to it after problem began without realizing. I really need to recover this data either from one or the other as one is the 2nd copy. Any ideas or shareware programs that can enable me to recover the data? Puter Specs: pentium 3-750mhz,320mb ram, running win98se. Can not afford to pay for recovery.

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by raticus In reply to How 2 recover from corrup ...

Response from myself may be a little delayed.

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by Cr@zy@ssM@g!c!@n In reply to How 2 recover from corrup ...

Here are some freeware sites with Floppy recovery software.

http://www.jufsoft.com/badcopy/floppy_recovery.asp

http://www.mjm.co.uk/floppy.html

http://datarecovery.altervista.org/zip_drive_data_recovery.html

http://www.fixdatarecovery.com/index.php?PHPSESSID=5235d00f92b3a627725bf73d5377a29c

http://www.quetek.com/download.htm

http://www.r-tt.com/?GGLAW030


hope one of these helps... you can do what i did and just google it. Search for your topic...

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by sgt_shultz In reply to How 2 recover from corrup ...

depending on your os, try scandisk with automatically fixed turned on or chkdsk /a from dos prompt

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by raticus In reply to

Os= win98se. Cannot scan disk as disk will not open, kept saying disk not formatted. which it is. thanks for trying

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by cglrcng In reply to How 2 recover from corrup ...

Problem is usually caused by removing the floppy after it has been accessed, but before closing the My Computer and/or Windows Explorer window(s) or document window(s) or not saving after editing the files.

The files were accessed & read, but not yet written back to & closed out (though floppy driver(s) errors can also come into play like your situation).

Scan Disk & Defrag of the affected disks usually helps as do those other data recovery utilities listed above. (Do make sure that the "Fix Errors" box is checked, and try both Standard and Advanced if it is a Win9x or 2K machine), if it is XP only you have chkdsk, chkdsk /r, or chkdsk /p though there are other extensions you can use (check out the KB article @ MS website...enter chkdsk in the search box when you get to the MS site for more info).

chkdsk can also be used via the Recovery Console on your Hard Drive though I have not tried it on a floppy (A:\Drive)from there so I can't tell you 1 way or the other.

Good Luck.

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by cglrcng In reply to

Have you run an updated AV scan on the floppy disk(s) itself? Sometimes a disk can be infected (floppy boot sector) or the files themselves (if there is a virus infection of the machine), by leaving the floppy in during a shutdown or re-start.

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by cglrcng In reply to

This will usually tell you how many boot sectors and files are still present on the disk and if it's worth going after the data too. IE; If there were 50 files and now there are 5. Ooop's, it may not be worth fooling with.

Does the disk just say it isn't formatted or what? Will the files open, or are they seen in My Computer A:\? Are they just gibberish when opened? Are you reading them w/ the proper program, and is the application that created them actually installed on that computer you are using to attempt to read them? IE: You created the file in Corel Word Perfect, reformatted your puter then switched to MS Office (or something else), and did not re-install your Corel Office (done properly those files can still be read via MS Word if set to translate into MS Word, and WP files can be created in Word 97 or higher). If done the other way a free MS Word, Excel, or PowerPoint viewer is avail. from MS to read, but not edit those files.

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by raticus In reply to

See extra comment at top regards original problems.
Says disk not formatted, do you want to format. can see nothing unable to open disk to scandisk, AV check, etc... Tried open thru Word-prog I created files in. No luck says-A device attached to the system is not functioning.

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by raticus In reply to How 2 recover from corrup ...

Original Prob=A Floppy was taken from my puter to kids school puters.floppy unable to be accessed when brought back to my puter.Discovered AV program had failed, installed another AV prog, scan found Redlof virus,cant have been on for more than few weeks,cleaned puter and all floppys. all floppys, existing and straight out of box, failing, tried diff brand-same, existing all gave message"this disk is not formatted do you want to format now?" New would allow transfer of data at first 1-3 tries then failed giving same error message. Finally removed drivers, reinstalled.Workd for few days but unable to access certain floppys.Now floppy drive,refused to work-different louder sound,like excessive spinning.replaced with different floppy drive works but still no luck with certain floppys.

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