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Recently, a disk got stuff in the floppy drive.  The little metal covering was stuck so I had to yank the floppy disk out.  Unfortunately, the drive can no longer read or write to floppies any more.  I think I might have broken something inside.  Is it possible to open up the floppy drive and try to fix it? Or is it just better to go buy a new floppy drive?
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The later definately, at approx. $12.00US each, floppies are pretty much play and toss items, plus, they are easy to get apart, but, getting them back together is a tough one all around, I found that out the hard way, doing exactly as you did....

Best bet, just get another.... and check the slide covers on your disks before inserting them, I have lost two floppy drives that way.. thankfully, I have two sys admins in the family that have parts readily available...

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by:jlauster
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I have repaired a drive that a user had forced a floppy into the wrong way. It may be repairable, but for the cost of a new drive (about $15US) you may be better off replacing it.
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by:Wakeup
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www.pricewatch.com lists them starting at $2.00 for a teac brand.  But shipping appears to be $11.00.  Maybe you can figure out a place close by and pick on eup.
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The read/write head was probably stuck on the metal cover and when you pulled it out the head broke.  As the others have already recommended, get a new unit.  Next time this happens, remove the drive from the machine, stuck floppy and all.  Use a small screwdriver to remove the floppy drive's top cover.   CAREFULLY disentangle the metal floppy cover from the read/write head.  You can avoid harming the unit provided it wasn't damaged already by ripping the disk out in the first place.    It takes 5 minutes to do this and saves you the time and expense of ordering a new unit.

Moral of the story:  Ripping something out can break the thing in which it is stuck.
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by:tmj883
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Magarity...sounds like the story of my divorce...T
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I agree with the previous solutions, but if you do a good bit of tinkering, or have multiple computers, then I would buy 2. At $12 ea, having a spare laying around is a wise investment. Besides the shipping for 2 should be about the same as the shipping for 1, if you shop carefully. I also recommend having a "cheap" video card, CDROM, harddrive, processor fan, and memory stick. You can buy inexpensive versions (that were most likely top of the line 6-12 mo ago) of all of the above for $100-$150. That way if something goes out, you are back up and running immediately while you replace your high quality component at your convenience.
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angmar,

Generally you do not need to propose an answer.  If you read the EE guidelines you will understand and know why.
Please refrain from posting answers.  Unless you are 100% sure that your answer is the correct answer and no one else has posted the same information first.  Because now what you have done is put this question in a locked view.  So no one else will take a look at it.  My suggestion to roca, unless you totally agree with angmar and his information didnt copy any of the previous posts which is sorta has.  Then I would reject this answer.  And let other people continue posting information.
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Wakeup is right
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Thanks alot guys.
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by:Wakeup
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I was right?  then how come my comment wasn't the answer?!
ah well....This is the second time this has happened to me.
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by:jlauster
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I believe that roca was referring to your post about the proposed answer from angmar.
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by:Wakeup
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ya...I think you are right.  hehe oh well...sokay!  I'll live! :)
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I make a point to say "as the others have already mentioned" so as not to steal the credit.
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