Solved

3.5 floppy drive will not read  (or  write) disks.

Posted on 2003-11-02
3
389 Views
Last Modified: 2011-09-20
"Floppy disk drive not accessable"
So the error message said. It has been suggested that the (3.5 inch) drive needs cleaning. A cleaning kit costs>$20. A new drive less. Suggestions welcomed on how to clean it. (Put alcohol on an old floppy disk?)
0
Comment
Question by:aburr
3 Comments
 
LVL 32

Expert Comment

by:_
ID: 9668960
Try borrowing a drive to see if it works. It might be a bad/loose cable.
What kind of kit cost 20.00 dollars? The ones I have look like a floppydisk with a white thing in it that you put cleaning solution on ( 99% alcohol works well ) and cost just a few dollars. Don't put it on a floppy, it's not good.  : (
0
 
LVL 8

Expert Comment

by:qfren
ID: 9671283
hi:

make sure the floppy can works...try to boot a bootable disk http://www.bootdisk.com/..if it can boots from floppy then it means it can works and maybe u need to reinstall the driver...


q
0
 
LVL 32

Accepted Solution

by:
jhance earned 125 total points
ID: 9678202
In general the floppy cleaning kits don't work well.  The problem is usually dirt/dust clogging up the mechanism in the floppy.  The cleaning disk can only clean the head.  The dirt in the "works" remains.

My advice is to replace the drive.  You're right, new floppy drives are LESS than the cost of a so-called cleaning kit.  Yes, it's a ripoff but I guess people are willing to pay MORE to clean an old drive than to buy a new one...  Go figure...
0

Featured Post

Is Your Active Directory as Secure as You Think?

More than 75% of all records are compromised because of the loss or theft of a privileged credential. Experts have been exploring Active Directory infrastructure to identify key threats and establish best practices for keeping data safe. Attend this month’s webinar to learn more.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
IT Support 4 24
Sharing an old Panasonic Dot-Matrix from a Windows 7 machine to an XP network attached computer 8 74
Boot off SSD - UEFI Asus 9 119
Windows 10 Graphic issue 12 79
Like many organizations, your foray into cloud computing may have started with an ancillary or security service, like email spam and virus protection. For some, the first or second step into the cloud was moving email off-premise. For others, a clou…
Skype is a P2P (Peer to Peer) instant messaging and VOIP (Voice over IP) service – as well as a whole lot more.
This video demonstrates how to create an example email signature rule for a department in a company using CodeTwo Exchange Rules. The signature will be inserted beneath users' latest emails in conversations and will be displayed in users' Sent Items…
The Email Laundry PDF encryption service allows companies to send confidential encrypted  emails to anybody. The PDF document can also contain attachments that are embedded in the encrypted PDF. The password is randomly generated by The Email Laundr…

929 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

11 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now