3.5 format

Posted on 2003-04-01
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Last Modified: 2010-04-03
I just wrote a report and saved it on a 3.5 floppy. Now when i am tring to acces the data it askes me if i want to format the disk. Any sugestions?
Question by:irefay
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Expert Comment

ID: 8247732
Try the disk in another computer.


Your disk is corrupt.  Try another floppy disk.
The disk drive you used to do the writing is faulty.  Try another disk drive on another computer.
The disk drive you used to do the writing is dirty.  Try a disk drive cleaning kit.
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Christopher McKay earned 500 total points
ID: 8247872
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I've tried a few of these on floppy disks and found they work well.

Hope this helps!



Expert Comment

ID: 8253189
Was the disk formatted in the first place ??? I do not believe you are having disk problems.  Place a new disk blank disk in the drive and format the disk.  Then copy the file to disk.
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Expert Comment

ID: 8253860
Try accessing the data from a dos box ;) the old ways are always the best!!

Expert Comment

ID: 8256992
Hello Jake
are you sure the floppy drive haven't any problem?
if you don't know try by another floppy disk in the floppy drive.
if floppy disk did format, you can use the recovery software to unformat the floppy disk.
I have a recovery software to use unformating any disk.
you can send mail to me.
my e-mail is : hpoora@yahoo.com
Very Thanks

Expert Comment

ID: 8256995
Hello Jake
are you sure the floppy drive haven't any problem?
if you don't know try by another floppy disk in the floppy drive.
if floppy disk did format, you can use the recovery software to unformat the floppy disk.
I have a recovery software to use unformating any disk.
you can send mail to me.
my e-mail is : hpoora@yahoo.com
Very Thanks!

Expert Comment

ID: 8267613
Usually when you can write to a floppy it's formatted.

Being unable to read it again from another drive often indicates the drive used to either read or write it is faulty.
If you can't read it anywhere except the drive it was written in, suspect that drive.
If you can't read anything from the drive but can read the floppy elsewhere, the drive you're reading from is faulty.

If you can both read and write other floppies fine in both drives but can't read this floppy anywhere, the floppy itself is faulty.

Maybe one of the tools Bartender suggests could retrieve something in that case.

Expert Comment

ID: 8299280
As far as i can tell there may be only 2 problems:
1 -> floppy is bad...so you can throw it away or format and loose all
2 -> the floppy drive may be bad so try another friend or floppy.
You could also try remairing it...bu i don-t think it will work

Expert Comment

ID: 8481335
My company uses the registered version of finaldata for this type of problem. If you actually saved the file to the disk, it can almost always be receovered. the fully-functional demo is available here


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