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3 1/2 Drive Would Read then Wouldn't Read Disk

I have a 3 1/2 disk reader that plugs into a USB port on a PC with Windows 10. I tried my first disk and it read it. The next three disks it said that the format was wrong. I went back to the first disk and it will not read it now, either. These disks all have pictures on them and they worked when new, in a computer that had a 3 1/2 inch drive and probably Windows 95. Files were made from 2000 to 2002.

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The old floppy woes.

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I have such drives and they are used to get files off the media first before anything else is done. At the 16 to 18 years you are well beyond the time you can expect these to last so if it read you were lucky and the FIRST THING TO DO is copy the files out if they are important. Folk continue to forget backups and posts about can't read this or that are all too common.

What to try? Recuva. It's on the web, free and lots of tutorials.

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this dvd drive is less then a month old.. brand spanken new and it wont read it. i know it works cause ive installed games with it, ripped cd's.. seriously this is a crock. now i gotta digital download off ur slow nets being owned by mass bandwith.. what was the point of buyen the cd, if it comes faulty.

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First try it on another PC. If it fails there also, it's a warranty issue; most likely you'll get a new one.

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Are you talking about a hdd or a floppy?

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