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by Xp / October 26, 2004 3:24 AM PDT


I have recently reformatted my C: drive from FAT to NTFS; now my floppy drive doesn't work. Lights on the floppy come on when the disk is trying to be read but can't read anything. It always asks me to reformat the floppy. If I say "Yes" to the reformat, I receive a message that the disk is bad and can't be formatted (even with new floppys). Am using Win 2000 Pro. and have 3 partitions on my one 160 MB hard drive using Acronis partitioner.
Can I get some suggestions on how to fix this problem?


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by Yew / October 26, 2004 3:38 AM PDT

Well, I can tell you that your using NTFS has NOTHING to do with the problem you're having, which is probably of little to no comfort.

Given that it sounds like you did a new install, are you sure your system is free of viruses and spyware? Have you installed all the latest updates available? Are you certain that the floppy drive hasn't given out?

Just some basic things to try before moving on to other possibilities.

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by Xp / October 26, 2004 7:33 AM PDT


Thank you for your response.
Computer is virus/malware, etc. free; and registry settings that I know about do not hide or disable the floppy.
Was trying to avoid opening up computer case (just lazy I guess...haha) but I guess I'll have to try and replace the floppy, connectors, etc. with another on.

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by GWallace / October 28, 2004 9:12 PM PDT

The 2 computer I have running with xp have the same problem, when I use floppies that have been formatted by my 3rd one runing 98. Try going to the start,run,browse and select the A drive. Sometimes it works.

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use start menu, if 2000 has it...
by reefurbb / October 29, 2004 11:06 AM PDT

holding f8 or ctrl at boot takes you to a boot menu, safe mode option...etc. Choose "command prompt only", at C:\> prompt, type "format A:" and have the floppy in drive. This does a hard format to replace the floppy boot sector....I think...

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Re: use start menu, if 2000 has it...
by Xp / November 1, 2004 5:01 AM PST

Thanks reefurbb,

Will give it a shot.

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