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Floppy disk does not read Excel spreadsheet

I have a floppy disk that contains an Excel file on it. When I insert the floppy I can hear the drive trying to find the information on the floppy [somewhat of a buzzing and clicking sound being emitted] but when I try to click the file that is on the floppy or click and drag it to my desktop nothing happens [the buzzing and clicking sound can still be heard]. Note: I have a Word doc. on the floppy that I can open but not the Excel spreadsheet ......[FYI- Running Windows 2000]

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alguerrero
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CallandorCommented:
You may have a bad sector on the floppy, which can happen with this media.  If you can, copy the Excel file to another floppy and try reading that one.
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alguerreroAuthor Commented:
Callandor,

Thanks for the speedy reply!!!!! Unfortunately I only have one copy of the file...and it is on the floppy!!! With this in mind is there another avenue of approach I can take to retrieve the info on the floppy??

AG
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CallandorCommented:
Try GetDataBack for FAT: http://www.runtime.org/gdb.htm - it is one of the best recovery programs I have seen.
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sacpCommented:
Try running a scandisk on the floppy, and choose to mark the bad sectors. Or try a program such as BadCopy http://www.jufsoft.com/badcopy/ I'm not sure if the trial version can save the data, but at least it will tell you if it is able to get the total file.

Maybe is best to try the second solution first, as the first will for sure write something on the disk (as it marks bad sectors it copies the sector content to a good sector).
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J-A-LCommented:
Try reading the floppy from another computer... if you can't read this file or copy it off from multiple computers... then the file is probably lost due to corruption.
Possibly try a recovery program as a last hope the one mentioned by Callandor.

Jeff
at yourtechonline.com
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alguerreroAuthor Commented:
Note to all; I ran scandisk [opting to download another freeware programs was going t be a last resort:)] ...ran scandisk and checked off the two options...and let it do its thing...a few minutes later I was "In like Flynn!!"...Funny thing is I use scandisk once a month for my "C" drive and never thought about using it on correcting the sectors on the floppy!! I would like to thank all of you for your time as well as the great info!!!! Now the tricky part of allocating points to the three of you....let me get my scandisk out again........
Cheers and thanks again!!
****Another satisfied Experts-Exchange Customer!!****
-AG-
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alguerreroAuthor Commented:
Admin; Thanks for reopening the question so that I could split the points accordingly!! I hope all the techs are somewhat satisfied with their points...they ALL did a SUPER job at delivering informative remedies!!!!!!!
Experts-Exchange ROCKS!!!!!!!!
Over and Out!
-AG-
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