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floppy disc problem

 
 
kev
 
Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 05:57 am
when I try to open a floppy disc I get message "disc in drive A is not formatted"

This is not with any other disc, just this one. Any ideas anyone??
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 06:25 am
Sounds like a defective disk and the floppy drive is having trouble reading the boot sector on it. Is it a brand new or old disk?
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Monger
 
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 06:28 am
It's most likely one of the following issues..

Your disk has developed problems
It's formatted for a Macintosh (or other OS)
It's formatted at a capacity your hardware doesn't support
It really is unformatted

If there's no problem with other disks well then it isn't a problem with the floppy drive -- definitely an issue with the floppy itself. Floppies go bad all the time, unfortunately.
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kev
 
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 07:00 am
Thanks each, Monger when you say floppies "go bad" all the time, can you be more specific?
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Monger
 
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 08:12 am
There be a heaps of causes, but to test out some common ones try this little experiment.. Get a brand new floppy, pull back the little flap thingy at the top, and sprinkle a bit of dust inside. Next, get a magnet and use it to hold up a 2nd floppy against a metal desk. Pass a 3rd diskette around to all your friends (almost certainly someone will have a damaged or dirty drive).

You'll have 3 bad floppies.
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roger
 
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 08:15 am
It also won't work if the tab on the window (3 1/2 diskette), but I don't recall if that produces the same error message.
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 03:40 pm
The actual drives go bad all the time as well. Alignment is another thing that causes that message. The disk might actually work on another drive.
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Monger
 
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 07:17 pm
Floppy drives (and power supplies) are the most commonly failing pieces of hardware....and yeah good point about alignment causing some disks to be readable & others not. Check the floppy on another drive before tossing it out.
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Turner 727
 
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 11:16 pm
And floppy drives are cheap. You can get one from wal mart for $10. Or get a bit spiffier and buy a USB external Floppy drive for $50 or so.

I have a lot of problems doing school work at home because of a bad floppy drive. I don't use floppies any more, I use ZIP Disks. Bought a 100mb external USB ZIP drive, and take it with me. Almost everyone has a USB port I can plug into, and since I take the drive with me I don't have to worry about that.

Sigh. . .hope the 750mb disks come down soon. I'd like to get one of those.
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Heliotrope
 
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Reply Tue 28 Oct, 2003 12:04 pm
How about using a 1gig USB flash memory stick instead ?
Yeah, that was 1 gigabyte !! Amazing huh ?
http://www.usbdiscount.com/jmtek1gbflas.html
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