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Lost info on floppy

by bently / November 21, 2004 11:59 PM PST

Win xp home SP2

I have a box of 3 1/2 floppies kept together in plastic box.

Yesterday a particular floppy worked, today I get message "DISK NOT FORMATTED".

Just curious, why disk would lose (?) info. All other disks in box are OK.

Is there any practical way to recover/save the info that was on the disk?

Thanks

Ben

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Re: Lost info on floppy
by Steven Haninger / November 22, 2004 5:19 AM PST
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Sometimes another drive will read a marginal disk. Remember, their media is made of microscopic magnets. Magnets are vulnerable to any nearby electric field and also tend to lose strength over time. I have even dropped a good disk and had it no longer read...can't figure that one. Some disks lose their ability to be formatted as well. Usually you will get a message saying track 0 is bad. It's time to toss it.

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Re: Lost info on floppy
by bently / November 22, 2004 5:29 AM PST

Thanks Steven,

Really was hoping some miracle out there would allow me to save lost data. Don't care about disk, if it lost my data, I wouldn't trust it.

Ben

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Re: Lost info on floppy
by Steven Haninger / November 22, 2004 8:54 AM PST

You can still try the disk in on another machine. I always made a habit of making multiple copies of anything that came or I put on floppies. I learned the hard way then. I rarely use them now.

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Re: Lost info on floppy
by daylilly / November 26, 2004 2:36 AM PST
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Hi Bently,

It seems a truth universally acknowledged that floppies are undependable.

Good luck, Dan S

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