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Can't access a Floppy Disk

By mak15 ·
I'm sure this is a common question, but I can't find any related answers. I tried to access a floppy disk with WIN2000PRO, but it keeps ask me to format it. I can open it with WIN98-2nd, I can read some files, but some of the files are corrupted, I guess. I can read the size of all the files, but just can't open all of them. I tried ScanDisk, but didn't work!

Question 1: Reason can read in WIN98, is it because the floppy is in FAT not FAT32?
Question 2: Is there any solution to it, except reformat (Datas are very important)?

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by Ann777 In reply to Can't access a Floppy Dis ...

It sounds as if the floppy is going bad. copy all the files you can to your hdd and put them on another floppy. If the second floppy develops the same problem, then look at replacing that fdd drive. The heads can become misaligned and since floppy drives are so cheap (around $10), it's easier just to replace the drive.

If the second floppy does not develop these problems, then it's just a problem with the first.

Question 1 : no -- if the floppy is ntfs then you will not be able to read it from Win98. But fat and fat32 should not make any different in read/write ability.

Question 2 : copy the data to your hdd and then to another floppy. You can try to reformat the floppy, but it will probably have some bad sectors on it...and that usually gets worse over time. Once you have gotten all of the data off of the floppy, then Format the floppy, and trash it if it does not format perfectly.

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by Ann777 In reply to Can't access a Floppy Dis ...

You can also try this:
http://www.rundegren.com/software/floppyimage/

To recover corrupted disks, the Help Desk uses Disk Doctor, a software program that is included in the Norton Utilities Package. The software is primarily known as a programfor managing files on a hard drive.

Unfortunately, total recovery of all the files on a corrupted disk is not guaranteed. If files can be recovered, they are usually only partially recovered ? and the rest is gone. A disk which has become corrupted can be rendered useless as anything other than a coaster or a Frisbee.

The best cure for data loss is prevention. Users should save multiple copies of their files in more than one location ? on their hard drive at home, and on more than one floppy disk. Even if a disk becomes corrupted, chances are still good that a student will be able to download the file from a backup.

Proper care for disks is important, too. A disk can be destroyed unnecessarily by poor handling. Disks are treatedas if they are indestructible, when in fact the recording medium in the disk is fragile.

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by Ann777 In reply to Can't access a Floppy Dis ...

A good portion of the above comment comes from :

http://www.asu.edu/it/fyi/insideit/2001/11/article2.html

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by mak15 In reply to Can't access a Floppy Dis ...

I can't copy the disk the another disk, coz the computer can't read from the disk or no disk in floppy drive. Is there anything that I can do? Thanks for your comments!

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by opatzg In reply to Can't access a Floppy Dis ...

obvious #1 back up diskette on a working system. Other than that floppies are very fragile and not that unexpected to go bad. They can be detroyed or rendered useless walking through a libraries scanner in a backpack or exposure to heat or cold, or dust, or just plain old written to too many times. Hence backup and backup up often to multiple sets of diskettes if that is your only option. Good luck. I would definately start with salvaging what you can before running to many diagnostic programs on the diskette. And yes different floppy drives will read diskettes differently. Hopefully you are not carrying a virus on the disk, scan for that first then recover what you can and try a couple machines.

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by opatzg In reply to Can't access a Floppy Dis ...

Every floppy disk has it's own calibration and range where its tracking so try the disk on different pc's. I know for a fact most diskettes formatted on my old work IBM microchannel pc's were readable only half the time on my home pc. But they were always readable on the work pc. And even at work the diskettes were readable on some machine and not on others. I don't know if it's dependent on where it was formatted or where it was written to.

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by mak15 In reply to Can't access a Floppy Dis ...

How is it possible that each floppy drive can read differently? In my mind, there are only can be read or cannot be read. Once it had been read, then those PC will display the same info as others, is this correct?

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by ShaunJanzen In reply to Can't access a Floppy Dis ...

I had a similar problem and tried scandisk, but it was unsuccessful. I then tried running CHKDSK.exe at the command prompt with the "r" switch and it worked.

Let me know if this works for you.

Shaun

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