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#1 Sallie48

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 08:05 PM

I am trying to use floppies made with Windows XP on my Windows Vista computer. It keeps telling me that the floppies need formatted, even though they have data already on them. The floppies just have text for a newsletter made with MS Word 2002. Is there anyway to get my Vista computer to recognize the discs?

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 08:10 PM

I am not sure about this but I think that Vista has floppies formated a differen't way... I am not sure as I've said cause all Vista machines I've used do not have floppy drives.

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 08:49 PM

The floppies just have text for a newsletter made with MS Word 2002.


if the floppies have been stored next to anything magnetic(speakers/monitors) they have lost their data and formatting

some get so bad they can't be reused
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Posted 30 July 2007 - 10:33 PM

Thank you for the replies, but these floppies will still work with my old computer so they are not corrupted. It's something in the Vista that is not compatible. I just know I need the info on them to put into documents I am creating on my new computer.

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 05:25 AM

There shouldn't be any significant difference between XP and Vista floppies as they're both formatted using the same standard. But, I've noticed "hiccups" when using floppies with XP, and would assume that these hiccups might transfer over to Vista. I'd suggest trying the disks on another computer.
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Posted 31 July 2007 - 09:47 AM

Thank you for the replies, but these floppies will still work with my old computer so they are not corrupted. It's something in the Vista that is not compatible. I just know I need the info on them to put into documents I am creating on my new computer.

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your vista floppy drive works otherwise????

I have noticed disks and drives decreasing in quality the last 2-3 years

old ones seem to work better

Edited by DaChew, 31 July 2007 - 09:49 AM.

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 03:03 PM

Floppies are extremely unreliable. Look for usb ports on your computer. If you have some get a usb flash drive. they are about the size of your thumb and can hold as much as hundreds of floppies. if you want something even better get a usb external hard drive.

Edited by cssiscool, 14 August 2007 - 03:04 PM.


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Posted 15 August 2007 - 09:53 PM

1. Are you using MS Word 2002 on both machines?
2. When you try to open a file on the floppy, what format extension is the Vista machine looking for?




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