RE: XP say floppy not formatted

Posted: 01-24-2009, 03:54 PM
R.G. I had this same problem sometime ago and it turned out to be my actual
floppy drive very slightly out of alignment. I recovered all my files when I
canged my Drive .. cost me £7 for new replacement. Try recovering your data
on another computer drive first.
Regards
Fred

"RealGomer" wrote:
> I have around 100 floppy discs with data I need to keep. I've been copying
> them to my hard drive and then I plan to burn them to CD. A number of the
> floppys get an error message saying there are not formatted. The strange
> thing is I had no problems with discs up to 15 years old being copied but
> these newer ones keep returning the error. Suggestions on how to work around,
> such as Linux, OS/2, or somehting else?
> --
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Twayne
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Re: XP say floppy not formatted
Posted: 01-24-2009, 07:42 PM
> R.G. I had this same problem sometime ago and it
> turned
> out to be my actual floppy drive very slightly
> out of
> alignment. I recovered all my files when I
> canged my
> Drive .. cost me 7 for new replacement. Try
> recovering
> your data on another computer drive first.
> Regards
> Fred
>
> "RealGomer" wrote:
>
>> I have around 100 floppy discs with data I need
>> to keep.
>> I've been copying them to my hard drive and
>> then I plan
>> to burn them to CD. A number of the floppys
>> get an
>> error message saying there are not formatted.
>> The
>> strange thing is I had no problems with discs
>> up to 15
>> years old being copied but these newer ones
>> keep
>> returning the error. Suggestions on how to work
>> around,
>> such as Linux, OS/2, or somehting else? --
>> Fr Elise - Support the Breast Cancer & Heart
>> Foundations
As someone else mentioned, it could be a drive
head alignment, so it would be worth trying to
read the floppies on another machine if possible.

I'm going to guess though that it's an age issue
with the floppies. 15 year old disks still being
readable is a surprise, but I suppose with quality
media and proper storage it might be possible with
today's more sensitive floppy drives.

If you can find it, there is an old DOS program
called recover.com I thin k it was. It's made to
try to recover floppies whose media has lost
magnetic strength and is disappearing. What it
does is make ten successive reads of an area of
the floppy at once, compare them, make another ten
reads, compare them, for I think 50 reads, and
then if there are enough identical reads, it
"recovers" that piece of data by writing it back
to the same location on the floppy. If it's
successful and gets the MBR and tables right, it
can usually recover the whole floppy.
This phrase:
floppy recover old
gets quite a few hits on Google that look similar.
I can't locate the archive my own copy is in right
now.

Good luck,

Twayne


 
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