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How to reformat diskettes that contain write-protected files

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Hi, all!

Hope this is in the right section!  I wasn't sure where to post ...

I have a bunch of previously used diskettes that I have been trying to reformat but cannot -- I keep getting messages that the files contained on the diskettes are write-protected.  (Several of these are old Windows 95 .cab files, and some are just regular boot diskettes.)

I'm using Win98 (not SE), if that makes any difference.

Thanks in advance!

Deanna   ;-)
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by:CrazyOne
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Yeah flip the flopp over so you are looking at the back. Now in the upper right hand conrer there is a little tab that slide up and down. If it is in the UP position then the disk is write protecte just slide the tab down.


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That is upper left hand corner not the upper right hand conrer
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by:war1
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Greetings, DeannaRV!
   On the upper right corner of the diskette is a hole. On the back is a switch. Pull it down. Now you are no longer write protected.

Best wishes, war1
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by:Dufo G. Belski
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CrazyOne , you are fast today!  Just to clarify what is up and what is down, you should be able to see through the hole where the tab is.

If that doesn't do it, in Windows Explorer right-click on the files, click on Properties, and, make sure read-only is not checked.
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by:CrazyOne
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LOL asyscokid
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by:DeannaRV
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Hey, CrazyOne, you ARE fast today -- but in your "fast-ness" you didn't read the question carefully!!  <G>

I said the FILES were write-protected, not the diskette.   Hey, I'm not *that* stupid!  (Well, at least not today <LOL!>)

Anyway ... it's not the tab that's the problem.  It might actually be my floppy drive, but I'm not sure yet.

Another related question:  If I have a bootable floppy, can I view the contents of it using Windows Explorer?  When I try this, the whole computer locks up tighter than Fort Knox. Is this normal?  And can I reformat over the files?

Thanks!

D.
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by:CrazyOne
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Change the attributes on them

ATTRIB -s -r -h TheFile
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by:CrazyOne
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I think you can to the whole disk like this

Start > Run command.com

ATTRIB -s -r -h A:\*.*
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by:CrazyOne
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See if you can delete them.
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>>>If I have a bootable floppy, can I view the contents of it using Windows Explorer?  When I try this, the whole computer locks up tighter than Fort Knox. Is this normal?  And can I reformat over the files?


Weil it is pointing to a problem with the floppy drive. Do you have another one you can use for testing.
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by:CrazyOne
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>>>And can I reformat over the files?

Yes.
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by:oldgreyguy
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or if you want

DELTREE *.*

this will rid you of the offending files, then you can format the disk

bill
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by:CrazyOne
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Also double check for viruses. Especially scan your floppies.

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http://security2.norton.com/ssc/vc_about.asp?langid=us&venid=sym&plfid=22&pkj=RKNYPJUIYCZRWEJGSSK

It needs to download a few file so as to activate the scan so you may see a message like this.

"The Scan for Viruses uses an ActiveX program to scan your computer. The download is approximately 1.5MB and can take about 10 minutes over a 28.8 modem.

The scan can take more than 20 minutes depending on the speed of your computer and the number of files that you have. Please do not browse away from this page unless you intend to abort the scan.
 
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by:DeannaRV
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Thanks, CrazyOne, for stating what I suspected -- floppy drive went bad.  I pulled one out of an old system and tried it ...  At first, this one didn't work, either, so I switched the ribbon cable around ... "then I got a floppy drive not recognized" message on bootup, so I switched it back  ... <LOL>  Talk about aggravating!   What a way to waste an hour, tinkering around inside a computer case ...

Finally I was able to get everything working and make the drive format the diskettes.   What  a relief!

So -- problem solved!

Thanks again for your help.  See you on the next one!

Deanna   ;-)

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by:MichalJ
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Your floppy drive is broken or just cable is bad. Try to jiggle the cable or, better yet, reseat it. If it doesnt help be prepare to spend $7 to $15 for a new drive, or get it free from the street...
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:>)
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