XP cannot read (non-bootable) floppy disk. FAT problem. Can it be fixed?
Posted on 2011-02-14
I have a floppy disk that contains 3 important files.
In Windows Explorer, when I click on the A: drive, I get a prompt: Do you want to format the disk now? I click "NO" (do not format).
When I run a chkdsk on the floppy I get:
Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.
C:\>chkdsk a: /F /R
The type of the file system is FAT.
An error occurred while reading the file allocation table (FAT 1).
Volume Serial Number is 1731-18F5
Windows is verifying files and folders...
File and folder verification is complete.
Windows is verifying free space...
Free space verification is complete.
Windows has checked the file system and found no problems.
1,457,664 bytes total disk space.
741,888 bytes in 3 files.
715,776 bytes available on disk.
512 bytes in each allocation unit.
2,847 total allocation units on disk.
1,398 allocation units available on disk.
Some file allocation tables (FAT) are unwriteable.
The volume does not contain a recognized file system.
Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the v
olume is not corrupted.
It is the 3 files (741,888 bytes) that I must recover.
How can I recover the 3 files.
Your help is GREATLY appreciated.