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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.


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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.


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