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1.44Mb file doesn't fit on a blank 1.44Mb pre-formatted floppy

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Gentlemen:

I've seen it a few times now. When you need to download a floppy disk image of some driver update from, say, IBM or VMWare, the downloaded file doesn't fit a floppy though all file properties show 1.40 MB (1,474,560 bytes).
What could be so tricky about it?
Appreciate your advice.
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I use regular Verbatim 2HD pre-formatted flops.
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The files are downloaded via HTTP, not FTP
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Because floppy's are actually 1.38MB.  I just checked one and got 1,457,664 bytes.
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You can check your disk by Right-Clicking on the floppy drive and choose properties.  Check out what the capacity is.
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The floppy itself says it has 2MB free space when unformatted, or 1.44Mb when formatted.
So how do IBM and VMWare expect us to use those floppy images?
Thanks.
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Is there any utility to stretch a floppy to 1.5 or 1.7?
We tried a Windows-native command line, but the max size it handle is 1.44Mb.
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Are you copying the file over to a floppy or are you writing the image to the floppy with something like DiskWrite, http://www.disoriented.com/diskwrite/?
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downloading to C: > then copying to A:
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Well there's your problem! ;)

You have to write the image using software like DiskWrite.  Think of a floppy image, likely FLP file format, like an ISO is for a CD image.  You can't just burn the ISO directly to the CD, you have to specify that you are burning an image to the CD.  The same concept goes with the floppy image.  Once you do this the file gets reduced to 1.36MB.
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I see. I don't think I can use smth like Nero or Roxio?
The description for DiskWrite utility you refer to says it works with Win2K as he last top system. can it still run under WinXP?
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or Win Server 2003?
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I just used it in XP with the vmscsi-1.2.0.4.flp file.
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and no, Nero and Roxio only work with optical media.  They do not "see" floppy drives when it comes to burning images.
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correct.
thank you.
checking the image now...
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image file written to a floppy.
it's a one handy utility.
thank you very much for your expertise.
all the best,
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You're welcome.
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