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Can't Read 3.5" Floppy

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#1 MickinPlymouthUK


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Posted 06 March 2008 - 02:00 PM

Hi, all of a sudden my system can't read one of my 3.5's, but it can still read my other dozen flops.
When I insert the rogue disk and try to read it, nothing happens, the drive mechanism just ticks and whirrs with the hourglass but the screen stays blank until the message eventually appears "Disk is not formatted", or sometimes "No disk in drive"
Needless to say, it is formatted and it is in the drive.
Luckliy I backed it up a while ago but there's still some new stuff on it, and unless I can access the disk, it's lost forever.
Any ideas?

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 02:06 PM

Floppies are notorious for reliability. Your disk is likely shot.

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 02:53 PM

Billy's probably right...but the one thing you can try to make the disk readable...is to run chkdsk /r on it from My Computer.

Just right-click on the A: drive from My Computer...select Properties...click Tools tab, push Check Now, check marks in both boxes, etc. Should not take too long to complete.

If there is anything on the disk which is readable, this should make it readable from the drive.


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