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Floppy needs to be formatted?

By randerson7 ·
Occasionally, a floppy used in one machine doesn't work in another machine. It will say that it needs formatting. Is this XP problem or problem between OS's? Disk created on XP machine and placed in W98 machine.

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by lhatcher In reply to Floppy needs to be format ...

You are most likely using the xp box to format using ntfs, a win 98 machine cannot read ntfs. Try using fat to format the disk.

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Wow, thanks for the catch on the only fat for floppy, momentary brain problems. :)

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by G... In reply to Floppy needs to be format ...

A floppy disk can only be formatted in FAT so it's not the formatting that goes wrong but my guess would be that you're sending file to your floppy that were formated NTFS from XP and it's not working on the 98. Try to just create your files from the 98 PC.

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Anyway, why don't you use a flash stick?

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by ctrservices In reply to Floppy needs to be format ...

Uninstall floppy driver in Device Manager and reboot.

If this doesn?t correct the problem (and it can read its own disks), check for spyware. If it can?t read any disks, purchase a new one.

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by A. G. In reply to Floppy needs to be format ...

It's not an uncommon problem that has more to do with the individual floppy drive than anything else. The two drives just aren't working well together. I'd suggest a different method of transfering data such as CD ROM, thumb drive or over a network.

AG

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by wjaqua In reply to Floppy needs to be format ...

You probably have an alignment issue with one of the disk drives. 2000/XP is much pickier than W9X when reading/writing floppy disks. Determining if drive and/or disks are bad can take some simple testing.

Don't neglect the possibility of viruses, spyware, etc.

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