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How might I fix a recurring problem that causes my computer to freeze about 20% of the time when saving documents from ClarisWorks (Mac v4.0 rev6) directly to a PC-formatted floppy disk?

The computer is a PowerComputing PowerBase 180 macintosh clone machine running MacOS 8.1 with the version of PC Exchange shipped with that software.

Reformatting the PC disks to Mac format eliminates the problem, but is not a useful solution in my situation.
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by:packratt_jk
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Is it a pc version of ClarisWorks?
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by:packratt_jk
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Is it a pc version of ClarisWorks?
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by:nlove
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Unfortunately in my history with Macs. Sh*& happens if ya know what I mean. You're better off hauling to the store and kicking down a few bucks for mac preformatted disks. It saves a lot of heartache.
good luck
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Due to variations in the position and angle of drive heads in your pc and your mac floppy drives, disks that are formatted in one drive may have errors in the other. Try using PC Exchange on the mac to format the pc dos floppy, in dos format. This should let your pc read the floppy, as it's drive may be less sensitive to the variations.
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by:bisbee
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My own preference is to use Mac disks on this machine, but it is in a public area where most other users must use PC disks in order to access their files on other PC machines.  In addition, there is security software in place that prevents users from re-formatting disks on their own.  (Most of them wouldn't be able to copy the data off of their disks, reformat them, and copy the data back on without supervision, anyway).

The solution that I need, if such a solution is available, would be software-based; something to correct the problem without requiring awkward workarounds or user retraining. That, of course, assumes that the problem is software-based, like an extension conflict or an issue with this particular version of ClarisWorks.

If the problem is actually hardware based, as 'nlove' suggests, then I suppose the question is moot.  I'll just have to live with the freezes.
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by:rickyr
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What happens if you save to the HD then copy it across afterwards?????
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by:rickyr
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What happens if you save to the HD then copy it across afterwards?????
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by:bisbee
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Saving first to the hard disk and then copying it to the floppy avoids the problem, and in fact, that is the workaround method I use and encourage others to use.  Unfortunately, this is tedious and, for some reason, confuses the hell out of beginning computer users.  I really need a way to save directly to the floppy disk.
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