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floppy drive corruptted! pls help

Hi Experts,

Ive been using some old floppies on my floppy drive and tried to format the same. After doing this, for any floppy or even a new floppy used on my desktop(Windows ME), it says "Do you want to format" and it does not read the contents at all.
If the drive is corruptted, is there any free tool/kit online that i can download and use to clean the drive.

Pls advice!!!
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If the drive is not reading correctly and not writing correctly, it's on its way out ..... or gone already.   Try it with a known good floppy with info on it to see if it reads.  

Don't know of anything free.....the repair would be mechanical

http://www.cir.com/pc/clndisx/clndisx.htm    ....tho a new floppy drive would probably cost about the same.

When those guys wear out, they go out of alignment  and can't read/write the tracks properly.  Companies like Spinrite specialize in software that deals with that sort of problem, but it's hardly worth the cost of their software for the price of a floppy drive.
....and you could always try cleaning it yourself ....
Information about cleaning computer components.

General cleaning tips
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Never spray or squirt any type of liquid onto any computer component. If a spray is needed spray the liquid onto a cloth and then use that cloth to rub down the component.
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Although many companies have created products to help improve the process of cleaning your computer and peripherals users can also use household items to clean their computers and peripherals. Below is a listing of items you may need or want to use while cleaning your computer or computer peripherals.

Keep in mind that some components in your computer may only be able to be cleaned using a product designed for cleaning that component, if this is the case it will be mentioned in the cleaning tips.

Cloth - A cloth is the best tool used when rubbing down a component, although paper towels can be used with most hardware we recommend using a cloth when ever possible.
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Portable Vacuum - Sucking the dust, dirt, hair, cigarette particles, and other particles out of a computer can be one of the best methods of cleaning a computer. Over time these items can restrict the airflow in a computer and cause circuitry to corrode. Do not use a standard vacuum as it can generate a lot of static electricity that can damage your computer.
Cotton swabs - Cotton swaps moistened with rubbing alcohol or water are excellent tools for wiping hard to reach areas in your keyboard, mouse, and other locations.
Foam swabs - Whenever possible it is better to use lint free swabs such as foam swabs.


Why? Keeps the appearance of the computer looking new. During cleaning if ventilation locations are found these can be cleaned helping the case keep a steady airflow to the computer keeping components cool and in good working condition.

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Why? A dirty CD-ROM drive or other disc drive can cause read errors with CD discs. These read errors could cause software installation issues or issues while running the program.

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Why? Dirty read/write heads on the floppy drive can cause errors during the reading and/or writing process.

Procedures: The floppy drive can be cleaned two different ways. The first method of cleaning a floppy drive and our recommended method is to purchase a kit at your local retail store designed to clean the read/write heads on your floppy drive.

The second method of cleaning the floppy drive is only recommended for experienced computer users. Open the floppy drive casing and physically swab the read/write heads with a lint-free foam swap soaked in pure alcohol, free-on, or trichoroethane. When performing these steps be extremely careful when cleaning the heads to ensure that you do not lock them out of alignment causing the floppy drive to not work. To help prevent the heads from becoming out of alignment use a dabbing motion lightly putting the swab on the head and removing it, do not perform a side-to-side motion with the swab.

sorry ....bad cut and paste ...only the last dozen lines or so apply

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