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No ID address mark found on the floppy disk

by tew45 / January 9, 2010 2:00 PM PST

This problem is all over the net without an answer but I will try one more time. Most answers are bad disk, disk degradation, bad drive, hooked up wrong,quick format only, or bad drivers. I assure you that none of these answers are correct.
Floppies formatted on my GT5408 Gateway using Vista will work just fine. Older Floppies formatted on other computers will not work. I have tried the disks on other newer computers and they will not work. I feel like the Microsoft software will not support the older floppies. There may be software, a change of BIOS, register change or something that will help and if so what is it. I have over 100 floppies to recover data. Please Help!

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You see that too.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 9, 2010 9:17 PM PST
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Re: floppy error
by Kees Bakker / January 9, 2010 9:35 PM PST

Well, it's either current state of the floppies, or the hardware, or the drivers, or the OS. All you've got to do is find the right combination that works:
- other floppies
- formatted floppies
- other drive
- other (older?) OS
- other driver (but that comes with the OS, and it's unlikely it can be changed independently)

My experience with floppies is that they aren't suited for long term data storage.

Kees

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Addition.
by Kees Bakker / January 9, 2010 9:38 PM PST
In reply to: Re: floppy error

With "formatted" I meant "freshly reformatted". And with the hardware I forgot the cable and the motherboard.

Kees

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