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data on 3.5 floppy created on paleo-era PS/1 will not open on new system [WIN98 + MS OfficePro2000]
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by:oldgreyguy
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If your new system reads other floppies ok, then:

1/ either the diskette is bad
2/ the heads on he PS/1 disk drive were aligned/misaligned (over time it can happen)

I would be curious if you hooked up your PS/1, can it read this floppy disk? If it can, then I would copy the files back to its hard drive, get a diskette that can be read by the new system, and copy the file(s) to it.

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by:sorgie
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Will it read the disk from dos mode
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by:tskelly082598
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Data recovery will be difficult.

Original IBM PS/1 floppy drive would read and format low density floppy (720k) disk as a high density (1.44), even though diskette was not certified for use as a high density floppy. This created a big controversy in the 1980's in my office was how to save money on disks. We also purchased a hole puncher designed to add a square hole to 720k diskettes to use in other PC's, contrary to written recommendation of manufacturer of the diskettes.  We had a similar problem with floppy drives in Compaqs.

I probably still have some disks around somewhere from then, but I'd have to experiment with a commercial program called "Rescue" to see if they are readable on the newer floppy drives.
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by:revolws
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The majority of 3.5 1.44 drives will read a low density 720K floppy.  Go into you bios and see if you can change the a drive from 1.44 to 720K.  If so change it, copy the floppy to a folder on the hd, than return bios settings to normal.  You should than be able to copy data into your office application with no problem....

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sounds to me like the panel is stumped.
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smeebud earned 50 total points
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Run scandisk and defrag on that floppy.

Regards,
Bud
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Bud's Win95 Win98 Tips and Troubleshooter
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