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3.5 floppies will not operate on Vista!

by tew45 / August 21, 2009 2:33 PM PDT

My 3.5 floppies that I have a great deal of information on will not work on 5 different computers. Three have 3.5 drives and two have external drives. I have a format error and have been told by "experts" that my disks have deteriorated. but they still work in my older camera. MS Works and Word Document files will not work at all. I am using a Gateway GT5408 and my lap top is a Sony Vaio all use either XP or Vista. The other is a Dell and two off brands. I don't believe my disks are at fault. I think it is a Windows fault. How can I recover the data from around 50 3.5 disks?

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Lets do a little test;
by ahtoi / August 21, 2009 3:00 PM PDT

Take a spare floppy and format it then write some file to it. Now can your computer read it?

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This problem is well known.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 21, 2009 10:08 PM PDT

I don't have an easy fix but our second reply at shows a quick workaround. Bypassing Windows for this is likely to be the works every time answer.

Sorry but I don't feel like going over the Vista Floppy issue again. It won't solve it. But I will share that a diskette formatted in Vista works across the machines fine but not the other way around.

THIS ISSUE IS NOT NEW! We saw this in XP too. Old DOS formatted diskettes came up with "Format Y/N?" but worked fine on the same machine when booted back to dos.

Again, the issue is well discussed so I'll stick to solutions, not discussions.

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re format request
by tew45 / August 22, 2009 12:36 AM PDT

Formatting a new disk and writing to it works perfectly!

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