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Old 10-14-10, 11:56 AM
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Angry Floppy Disc.

Hi everyone

Does anyone know what might be the problem when I install four different floppy disc in the 3 1/2" disc drive (two diff. PC) and get the following message. NO ID ADDRESS MARK WAS FOUND. It also will not let me reformat the same disc. HELP

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Old 10-14-10, 02:23 PM
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I googled your problem and most suggested you try a full format not a quick format. If that is not possible the suggestions were to update the drivers for the floppy drive.
That failing they suggest getting a new floppy and trying it to verify the drive is working. But since you say it happens on 2 different pc I think we can rule that out.
From what I gather if they other 2 ideas do not work then most likely the floppy is bad. Hope I helped some anyways.
 
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Old 10-15-10, 08:32 AM
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Hi Bad
I tried a floppy that has never been used,even tried to format it. NO WORKIE on both PC.

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Old 10-15-10, 08:50 AM
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Discs can go bad, floppy or any other media, at any time, even if they've never been used. It's probably been sitting around a long while. Just toss them, because there's no fixing them.
 
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Old 10-15-10, 08:53 AM
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What's a floppy disc?

They're pretty cheap - if I ever had one give me any kind of trouble, I just pitched it, not worth the risk of a failure
 
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Along the same line, I found a bunch (200 - 400) of 3 1/2" floppies that had files on them.

I want to read the contents and export/save elsewhere before I toss them.

I tossed my last laptop with a 3 1/2" drive about 5 years ago even though I could operate it with XP. Now I have nothing to read them with. I seem to have 2 choices:

1. Buy a 3 1/2"external drive(new) from EBay and hook up to my desktop of lap top - or

2. Find a service that will read and dump the contents on to a card or other media.

Any thoughts?

Thanx - Dick
 
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If you want to hook up a floppy drive inside your PC, they're really cheap

I've never looked into externals, can't imagine they cost much
 
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Old 10-15-10, 01:11 PM
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On another note, they probably contain nothing you need or want anymore. May not be worth the money or time it takes to go thru them.
 
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There definitely is something worthwhile in there after my years of using them as back-ups on all my international work.

After thinking about the value, I think I will go the route of buying a new external 3 1/2" reader using a USB connection and save what I see is good. I can go at my own rate and sort/save as I go and not have to go through it again since I may find the other half of the floppies. Since I have about 500 GB internal storage and 1 TB external hard drive stored remotely, I will now be able to securely keep my information - finally.

Thanx - Dick
 

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