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my pc is not reading a floppy disk it is windows xp home

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Could be ...

In reply to: floppy disk

a defective floppy or a defective drive. Impossible to tell without more information.

Put in a floppy, go into the command window and type things like
dir a: (+ enter key)
scandisk a:
and note the error messages.

Retry with another floppy that has no problems on another computer.


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Floppys are dead

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PC World announced that it is to stop selling floppy disks and with most computers now not coming with floppy drives (my mother board doesn?t even have anywhere to plug one in). Its probably worth considering another form of storage such as a pen drive which are now very popular.

However, if you have a permanently green light on your floppy drive this probably means that you have the floppy cable in the wrong way round.

Also, it?s worth looking in the BIOS to make sure your floppy drive is set to 1.44Mb A: drive.

Try a few disks as they are easily damaged, if after trying a few (from another batch too) you still cant get any to work, its probably a faulty drive. You can get a new drive for around

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I've added one new toy to my collection.

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It's an USB Floppy drive. Rarely used, but it does get use.

There are many reasons to not be able to read diskettes. A common one is that XP is picky picky picky about a bit or byte in the media descriptor (fancy words?) I found that if I format the diskette on XP and write to it on the other machine it works.


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