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By matchett ·
When my students save their data on floppy disks and then take them home to work on them the disk is corrupt. This happens almost everytime. Is there a problem with xp and floppy disks and if so is there a fix. I have installed allupdates

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by TheGodfather In reply to xp and floppy drive error ...

It sounds to me like you have NTFS (encryption) at School and the students are all running FAT32.
Also, I would never suggest putting floppies into a school network PC and let people take them home to put into their PC's. This is a major way of spreding viruses through your network. Which could also be the cause. ?

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by matchett In reply to xp and floppy drive error ...

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by cglrcng In reply to xp and floppy drive error ...

If you "are" going to continue to use this "media sharing" system you need to make sure all your school puters are formatted in the FAT32 file system instead of (NTSF) and I would also highly suggest that you get together an old but reasonably fast(update it) computer, equip it w/ nothing but the basic OS and a real strong AV (Norton's SystemWorks 2003 Pro), and anti-spyware setup (Lavasoft Adaware 6.0, or Pest Patrol), and install a couple of FDD drives, a ZIP drive and 2 CD drives or more. Make sure said system is as fast as can be both in CPU power & RAM.

Set the computer up in the Admin. Office where it is in direct line of site of the Head Secretary (nearest the front door if possible), and it is set to automatically run all maint. and AV updates a few times a day and at night (do not under any circumstances put this puter on the network, or allow it's use for anything but checking off site/on site media).

Set a very strong and rigorous policy of virus/spyware checking w/this unit of "any shared software media, between computers on the network, and/or any software media going off the school grounds." Require all to use this system to check all the media immediately upon entry every time, w/ no exceptions to the rule for any possible or imaginable reason. (Our penalty is payment of the normal charges of $70.00 per. tech. hr. for every violation of the rule that requires virus or spyware removal tech. time + a time period suspension of the "off site media exchange program" of a month per infraction).
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by cglrcng In reply to xp and floppy drive error ...

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We set this up 2 years ago after a few virus removals from the network and indiv. classroom puters, as the teachers use their home puters for their grading programs and for document creation also, beyond using both classroom puters and computer lab computers. And that there will always be student owned media making it's way onto the grounds no matter what you say or do as far as policy setting.

So far everyone (once we fully explained the consequences of media sharing to all including the parents of students, via both informational letter & direct parent/teacher meetings), proudly and gladly uses the system upon each re-entry to school (we also provided a plastic 25 disk carry case to each teacher to help protect the media), and have had a zero virus rate so far since setting it up (still crossing fingers here!).

We do make sure the system is fast though to keep down the time required to check the media to a minimum. Hope that helps a lil' if you are going to keep up the practice of take home media sharing.

Good Luck. (I do however think the original answer is the FAT32 FS vs. NTSF FS).

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by matchett In reply to xp and floppy drive error ...

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by Ann777 In reply to xp and floppy drive error ...

It could also be a physical problem with the heads' alignment in the floppy drive. Check the hardware... check some floppies used in this system on another physical system with WinXP (ntfs) as the os to rule out a physical drive problem or the floppies your students use.

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