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Floppy Dive wont work?

When ever i try to open a file from my floppy drive my computer says that the disk is unformatted.  when i bring that same disk to my other computer that computer opens that file wiht no problrm.  
the computer (where the floppy drive wont work) when i put a floppy in it makes a funny sound.

and suggestions of what could be wrong?

thank you,
Matt :-)
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mattjp88
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lorddefCommented:
Could be anything from misaligned drive heads to somebody putting smarties in it, did it work previously? does it function okay with other disks? it is a 1.44mb drive isn't it?
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the_modderCommented:
I suggest taking it off and putting it into the working computer. If you get the same probelm you're gonna have to spend $10 and get a new floppy drive.
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CovenantCommented:
Classic bad floppy drive symptom - splash out and get a new floppy drive (and cable).
Put it this way, if this doesnt work the only thing left is the floppy controller on the motherboard which you cant do anything about unless you get high from soldering surface mount components.
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mattjp88Author Commented:
so the only way to fix it is to get a new floppy drive?  iight
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Kyle SchroederEndpoint EngineerCommented:
Does the light come on on the drive when you click your A: drive?  If not, or if the light is on constantly, then you have a cabling problem.  No light = no power, always on light = data cable inverted or connected incorrectly otherwise.  To eliminate a Windows problem, can you boot from the drive in DOS (under Win98, you can make a boot disk in start/settings/control panel/add\remove programs/Startup Disk) or www.bootdisk.com

-dog*
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JerMeCommented:
How old is the computer with the funny floppy drive? My old Pentium 120MHz's A:\ drive had issues exactly like what you described. It had Win98, but wouldn't read the floppies, even though the same floppy read on other machines. I got it to read a custom boot disk successfully, but that was about it...

If you're really determined, you can try swapping out the A:\ drive for a new A:\ drive, but personally, I haven't had any success in with that route.  If I wanted to ship files off my old computer, I'd use the modem. =( Cross your fingers that it's just a bad floppy drive.
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mattjp88Author Commented:
yup.  i hope it is.  i hope windows isnt screwed up.  thanks for all of your help you guys.  
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mattjp88Author Commented:
well none of the suggestions you said worked for me.  well maybe the new floppy drive will work but i dont have enough time to Comp USA and buy one.  I think that dog was the most informative so i will give the points to him.
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Kyle SchroederEndpoint EngineerCommented:
Well, whatever you do, don't buy the drive from CompUSA.  I haven't checked their prices, but I know Worst Buy charges like $30 for a Teac floppy drive in the "retail" box.  You can get them online (i.e. www.newegg.com) for ~$9 for a Teac or Sony drive (either will work fine).  You might want to get some other stuff too if you're needing anything to offset the shipping cost.  Or check your phonebook for a local PC repair/sales shop, I think you'll save some cash.

-dog*
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mattjp88Author Commented:
thanks doggg!
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