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I've installed an internal Zipdrive - (atapi/eide version) in my W95a/P200 PC
Also installed the "Tools" software.  When I run format from "my computer" it appears to go Ok but the disc still remains with the old data thereon.  After the format finishes I get the message "Format successful,
              0 bytes total disc space
              0   "   used by system files
              0       bad sectors
              0       available.  
I have tried both the short and long format, with the same results ! Deleting files from "Explorer" works. Help !   Dan.
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by:ViperOne
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exit the disc, refresh the explorer while it still shows the data on the disc that you just formatted. It should give an error message.

Restart win95 and go to the ZIP again (still not inserted), click on it, error is there again.

Insert the disc, and hit refresh ( F5, that is). Go to the ZIP again and see what it shows...

If no change, let us know, if fixed, hey, it's Win95, ain't it...

Kind regards,

Simon
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by:danM
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I tried the above.  The data is still on the Zip disc.  "Tools" format when activated starts off as usual with the "Warning all
data will be lost, etc" message, and after the 8 secs. shows the green light, and the "0 bytes ------" messages as described above.  It is as if format thinks it has worked, but no formatting has actually taken place.
But something works -- since if I elect to add the system files along with the format I get on the Zip disc ---
io.sys, msdos.sys, command.com, and drvspace.bin.       dan.

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by:danM
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I have got and run "remideup.exe" and reinstalled "Tools"
I get the Tools icon Ok on my desktop, and clicking on the Zip drive in "My Computer" gives, as before, the extra Zip items.
BUT, BUT -- clicking on "Format" still gives the four 0s
the zero bytes messages as noted in the original question !

If I elect to add system files to the attempt to format the post format message reads --- 0 bytes total disc space, 387,305 bytes used by system files, 0 bytes bad sectors, -387,305 bytes available -- (YES that is a MINUS sign !)-- and the old data is still there, plus msdos.sys, command.com, io.sys, drvspace.bin.

So remideup.exe has not altered the situation.  Wow   Dan.
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