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Weird floppy disk problem or related

Posted on 2007-03-21
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Alright we got a camera that you can put floppy disks into to store pictures.  We made 4 disks worth of pictures.  We put disk 1 in and it takes awhile but the pictures finally show.  We put in disk 2 and it shows the pictures from disk 1 for awhile and then it shows the correct pictures.  Same thing for disk 3, and disk 4 shows the pictures from disk 3 and won't show the pics from disk 4.
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Ian Meredith earned 500 total points
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G'day ThomasBallardIT,

Unfortunately Thomas you have got your hands on one of the most unreliable storage mediums available.  Floppy disks can be a real pain.  As far a technology goes, floppy disks are the current day tech dinosaurs, well past their used by date.

My advise to you... try and use brand new disks,  format the disks in the camera before using them (if thats not possible, just format on PC).  Treat your floppy disks with velvet gloves.  Avoid any kinds of magnetic fields. etc, etc.

If your PC won't read Disk 4 correctly, you have lost any pictures you have taken, Sorry.  

Ian.
Aussie Aussie Aussie....
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by:nobus
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what model of camera is this? i never heard of one working with floppy disks
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by:ThomasBallardIT
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The camera is a Sony Mavica
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by:nobus
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i would put the floppy in a pc floppy drive; right click it, select properties>Tools>scan for errors
maybe it can repair the floppy - otherwise, they were lost in the first place

or try recovery soft ware, like getdataback or Stellar :
http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm                  pc Inspector -free
http://www.runtime.org/                                    GetDataBack
http://www.stellarinfo.com/                                    Stellar
http://www.recovermyfiles.com/                              RecoverMyFiles
http://www.bitmart.net/                                    Restorer 2000
http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecoveryprofessional/                  Easy Recovery
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/restoration.html                        Restoration
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