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Enabling Compression for floppies with XP

By castleromeo ·
How do I enable compression with the windows XP floppy format utility? The box that I am supposed to check is uncheckable. What changes do I need to make to my computer's o/s in order to get high-compression floppies?

Thanks In Advance.

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No such critter?

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Enabling Compression for ...

I don't think there is such a thing as a compression on a floppy. This isn't related to the OS; the physical design of the floppy will not support software compression by any operating system. Of course, I've been wrong before and I'm sure someone else will point it out if if I am.

Have you considered a thumb drive? Low capacity ones (256Mb) are under $50 and will hold a lot more than a 1.44Mb floppy.

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by castleromeo In reply to No such critter?

Insert a floppy into drive A. Now go to "My Computer" and right-click on the A icon. Now scroll down to "Format". A window will open. This is the floppy format utility. There is a check box that says "Enable Compression". For some reason, the box in my computer is uncheckable. This is what I'm talking about. My o/s is windows xp.

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by CharlieSpencer In reply to Reply

The check box is disabled BECAUSE you're working with a floppy. Windows routinely disables (or "grays out") a feature when it doesn't apply. If you were to try to format a hard drive, you'd be able to click the "Enable Compression" box but the "Create DOS Start Disk" option would be disable

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by castleromeo In reply to Right

I thought this utility was just for floppies.

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