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Floppy Drive Directory Errors

Posted on 2000-04-11
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The first time I put a disk in the floppy drive it gives the proper directory listing. If I put a second disk in the floppy drive, it lists the directory of the
first disk. If I remove all disks from the drive, it still lists the directory of the first disk even though the drive is empty. This only changes if I reboot the computer. I believe it also may be writing the first disk's directory on all of the other disks as well, but I am not sure. I get the same results from Windows Explorer as I do from Dos. What is going on?
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by:magarity
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Stick this floppy disk drive in another computer and see if it does the same trick there.  Unfortunately, I bet it does.  This is a classic case of a mechanically messed up floppy drive.  

If you can get to another computer to swap the drives, put the other one's floppy drive in your machine and see if it works normally.  I'd bet that  it probably will.

I've had this happen and if it's still dead in another computer then the solution to your problem is to buy a new floppy disk drive.   You might be able to get it fixed, but the repair bill will at least equal a new one.

Let me know if this works so I can switch it comment to answer.

regards,
magarity
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Tmaq earned 25 total points
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The problem is either the sensor or the light which activates the sensor the drive uses to detect a changed disk.   Change the disk, and the floppy drive doesn't know.

Since it thinks the disk is unchanged, it doesn't bother to unload the original disk's FAT and read the new one.  Try to get a file from that second disk, and the problem might go away, as it re-reads the FAT, or it might get worse, as it decides the FAT and the actual directories are mis-matched.

Try using an air-compressor to blow it out, maybe the light is obscured.  

If it doens't work, get a new one.  They are so cheap, they aren't worth much trouble.  pay $20 or less.

-Tom
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by:gcolgat
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Thank you Tmaq for your answer.
I will give it a try.
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