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Why can't I format a 1.44 floppy as a 720 under win95, NT or dos 6?

Posted on 1998-06-11
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I get a "track 0 bad" error even though I know the disk is good.  We have tried several disks on several machines with no luck.  My co-worker knew this was a problem under NT, but why everything else?
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Two reasons for this error:

1. You must completely cover the media hole on the floppy.  That's the hole opposite to the write-protect.  Sorry, if this sounds too basic for you, I don't know your skill level.

2. Misaligned floppy drive.  Try in another floppy drive.

3. Dirty read/write head or spindle motor, clean with cleaning disk then compressed air.

I've never heard of this as being a problem with NT.  Someone has given you incorrect information.
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by:pleaj
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Ouch!  I didn't know that the media hole had to be covered, but I've only been fixing computers since '93 and haven't needed to know yet.  I guess it shows that no matter how much you think you know, computers know more.  Thanks for the quick answer!

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It happens to *everyone* of us!!   Don't be embarased, 'being there, done that' too!
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