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    can we increase the capacity of floppy disk?

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    by cyrusmak ·

    I mean can I re-format the floppy.
    I don’t want to compress it.

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    • #3379128

      Reply To: can we increase the capacity of floppy disk?

      by simon monaghan ·

      In reply to can we increase the capacity of floppy disk?

      Yes, there used to be a 1.7 meg format program for floppys. I have a copy on CD somewhere, though I would prefer it if you tried a google search for a download since I am not sure if I still have my copy!

      Simon.

    • #3379116

      Reply To: can we increase the capacity of floppy disk?

      by deadly ernest ·

      In reply to can we increase the capacity of floppy disk?

      As said above you can, but you are then VERY limited in the sue of those floppies as they will only work on a syatem that has the same special floppy formatting program installed. Better to just burn to CD or get an external Zip drive or a USB drive.

    • #3380027

      Reply To: can we increase the capacity of floppy disk?

      by thechas ·

      In reply to can we increase the capacity of floppy disk?

      On a practical basis, you cannot increase the capacity of a floppy disk.

      You can squeeze a bit more out of the disks IF you format them on a PURE DOS 5 or 6 system.
      Windows loads a few files onto a floppy when it formats. That is why a floppy has 1.38 instead of 1.44 MB free space.

      To transfer large files via floppy, you can either use a compression program to span files over multiple disks. You can set the program to use no compression. Or use 1 of the file splitting utilities to span the file over multiple disks.

      Other options:
      find a 2.88MB “floptical” drive.
      USB thumb drives.
      Flash media readers.
      CD-R / CD-RW

      Chas

    • #3379934

      Reply To: can we increase the capacity of floppy disk?

      by jackofalltech ·

      In reply to can we increase the capacity of floppy disk?

      Assuming you’re using W98 or lower, there is a freeware DOS program FDFORMAT (www.cdrom.com). It will format any floppy to 1.7MB and it WILL be readable on any other drive EXCEPT where the OS is NT4 or higher.

      Ralph

    • #3379858

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      by cyrusmak ·

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