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Floppy discs duplicatine by themselves

I have two users at the school that I support that have reported to me the following situation:

They both had floppy disks in the Windows XP machines (both identical IBM 8303s, identical images) and have some how managed to take the contents of that floppy drive and have it copy over another floppy drive (exact same files as first floppy, all other files have disappeared).

It's a really weird situation and I hope that I have explained it correctly.
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WatzmanCommented:

There is nothing wierd about that.  There is a program that comes with Windows that will do that, it's an old DOS program from the original version of MS-DOS version 1.0 in 1981, but it is still supplied with 2005 Windows XP, it's called "Diskcopy".  The syntax is (from a comand (DOS) prompt):

C:\>Diskcopy A: B:

the first drive letter is the source drive, the 2nd letter is the destination drive.  Both letters can be the same, and it will prompt you to change the diskette.

You could "sort of" do this in Windows Explorer or "My Computer" with drag and drop, but Diskcopy produces an exact, sector by sector clone, while windows "drag and drop" will copy the files, but the result won't be an exact clone of the source disk.
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nobusCommented:
if you right click on the floppy drive in explorer, you get the choice : copy diskette; this will do this also
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mikebroAuthor Commented:
Yes, I understand that you can copy disks but, these occurences (according to the users) happen without them being prompted to change the contents.  It justed seemed to happen "all by itself".  Of course the users could be leaving out some vital details as to what they were doing at the time...

Thanks.
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nobusCommented:
things do not "happen by themselves"; there is
-an individual starting a chain of events or
-an application which is started at certain moments
you can check in msconfig, or task manager for such incidents
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WatzmanCommented:

It can't happen "by itself".  For one thing, computers normally have only a single floppy drive, so for it to happen, someone would have had to have changed the floppy in the drive from the "source" disk to the "destination" disk, and that simply cannot happen "by itself" -- at least not unless you have a "psychic friends" brand computer.
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nobusCommented:
a "ghosted Watzman" maybe? lurking from under the keyboard?
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f-kingCommented:
Could even be a faulty floppy drive cable?
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