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External FDD

by B.Ratneser / February 23, 2006 8:12 PM PST

I have a HP Notebook XE3 with Windows XP. I recently installed a external FDD DB Tech UF 0001. When I try to run my old floppies recorded on WIN95 & WIN 98; I get a message the disk has to be formatted. What should I do to run the old floppies??

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Odds are
by joesmithers06 / February 23, 2006 9:03 PM PST
In reply to: External FDD

The floppies have degraded beyond repair. Floppies are incredibly unreliable for long term storage, because they fail quite regularly.

You can try putting the floppies into another computer to see if it has better luck, but it seems doubtful you'll get anywhere. If you do, I'd recommend making backups immediately. Preferably on more reliable media, such as a CD-R.

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While I know why this happens...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 23, 2006 11:34 PM PST
In reply to: External FDD

It will do you no good. http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics/browse_thread/thread/ed6f6bc11b8f59d7/0267946d8a17b3f5?lnk=st&q=xp+diskette+read+problems&rnum=2&hl=en#0267946d8a17b3f5 writes about this too.

The issue is the media descriptor bytes on the floppy. While DOS, Windows 95,98,ME (other OSes) pretty much ignored these bytes, XP's authors went ahead and wrote the code to see the media descriptor bytes were proper and if not toss up the format dialogue.

Fix? None.

Workaround. Take it back to dos/otherOS and copy the files out. Format the diskette on XP and then copy the files to said diskettes.

Bob

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