cannot read/write from/to floppy disk



Tricia
07-10-2005, 12:45 AM
Hi I posted a while back that I could not read/write to floppy disks in
windows xp but could readwrite to them in dos or even boot from them using
a windows 98 boot disk and was given various answers that did not solve the
problem and made out that I did not know what I was doing and that the disks
and or drive was faulty. I have found the answer and explanation.
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;140060

Locke
07-10-2005, 12:45 AM
How do you still have floppy disks that are that old? They are about as
reliable as rain in the desert.

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"Tricia" <tricialal2000@yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
news:eC6lLVfYFHA.2796@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
> Hi I posted a while back that I could not read/write to floppy disks in
> windows xp but could readwrite to them in dos or even boot from them
> using a windows 98 boot disk and was given various answers that did not
> solve the problem and made out that I did not know what I was doing and
> that the disks and or drive was faulty. I have found the answer and
> explanation.
> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;140060
>

Pegasus \(MVP\)
07-10-2005, 12:45 AM
"Tricia" <tricialal2000@yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
news:eC6lLVfYFHA.2796@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
> Hi I posted a while back that I could not read/write to floppy disks in
> windows xp but could readwrite to them in dos or even boot from them
using
> a windows 98 boot disk and was given various answers that did not solve
the
> problem and made out that I did not know what I was doing and that the
disks
> and or drive was faulty. I have found the answer and explanation.
> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;140060
>
>

Thanks for the feedback. This is fascinating stuff . . . The moral
is: If a floppy disk is not recognised under Win2000/XP then it
needs formatting under DOS or Win9x.

Keep in mind that you should use floppy disks sparingly,
and certainly not for backing up data. My experience is that
out of 10 floppy disks, 5 exhibit serious flaws after spending
three years in the box.

HeyBub
07-10-2005, 12:45 AM
Pegasus (MVP) wrote:
> "Tricia" <tricialal2000@yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
> news:eC6lLVfYFHA.2796@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
>> Hi I posted a while back that I could not read/write to floppy disks
>> in windows xp but could readwrite to them in dos or even boot from
>> them using a windows 98 boot disk and was given various answers that
>> did not solve the problem and made out that I did not know what I
>> was doing and that the disks and or drive was faulty. I have found
>> the answer and explanation.
>> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;140060
>>
>>
>
> Thanks for the feedback. This is fascinating stuff . . . The moral
> is: If a floppy disk is not recognised under Win2000/XP then it
> needs formatting under DOS or Win9x.

Backwards? If it's not recognized under XP, it needs formatting by XP.

Pegasus \(MVP\)
07-10-2005, 12:45 AM
"HeyBub" <heybub@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> Pegasus (MVP) wrote:
> > "Tricia" <tricialal2000@yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
> > news:eC6lLVfYFHA.2796@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
> >> Hi I posted a while back that I could not read/write to floppy disks
> >> in windows xp but could readwrite to them in dos or even boot from
> >> them using a windows 98 boot disk and was given various answers that
> >> did not solve the problem and made out that I did not know what I
> >> was doing and that the disks and or drive was faulty. I have found
> >> the answer and explanation.
> >> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;140060
> >>
> >>
> >
> > Thanks for the feedback. This is fascinating stuff . . . The moral
> > is: If a floppy disk is not recognised under Win2000/XP then it
> > needs formatting under DOS or Win9x.
>
> Backwards? If it's not recognized under XP, it needs formatting by XP.
>

I suggest you read the KB article quoted by the OP.

andy smart
07-10-2005, 12:45 AM
Pegasus (MVP) wrote:
> "Tricia" <tricialal2000@yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
> news:eC6lLVfYFHA.2796@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
>
>>Hi I posted a while back that I could not read/write to floppy disks in
>>windows xp but could readwrite to them in dos or even boot from them
>
> using
>
>>a windows 98 boot disk and was given various answers that did not solve
>
> the
>
>>problem and made out that I did not know what I was doing and that the
>
> disks
>
>>and or drive was faulty. I have found the answer and explanation.
>>http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;140060
>>
>>
>
>
> Thanks for the feedback. This is fascinating stuff . . . The moral
> is: If a floppy disk is not recognised under Win2000/XP then it
> needs formatting under DOS or Win9x.
>
> Keep in mind that you should use floppy disks sparingly,
> and certainly not for backing up data. My experience is that
> out of 10 floppy disks, 5 exhibit serious flaws after spending
> three years in the box.
>
>
I don't think that they make either disks or drives as well as they once
did; I used nothing but disks in my old Atari ST and never had a faulty
one - and stuff I wrote for my degree 12 years ago is still on the
original disks, which I can open on my PC to access files without any
issues (apart from converting the files from Protext for ST of course).
They're standard DS/DD disks, but when you handle them they are much
more solidly built than modern ones a lot of the time.

Here we get faulty diskettes all the time,

Ken Blake
07-10-2005, 12:45 AM
In news:uzUL8ofYFHA.3164@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl,
HeyBub <heybub@gmail.com> typed:

> Pegasus (MVP) wrote:

>> Thanks for the feedback. This is fascinating stuff . . . The
>> moral
>> is: If a floppy disk is not recognised under Win2000/XP then
>> it
>> needs formatting under DOS or Win9x.
>
> Backwards? If it's not recognized under XP, it needs formatting
> by XP.


No, the point is that if it came pre-formatted, it was probably
lacking the media descriptor byte. Reformatting it under any
version of Windows (any recent version, anyway) will put the
media descriptor byte in place and make it usable. So it can be
Windows 9X *or* Windows XP.

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Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
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Plato
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
Pegasus (MVP) wrote:
>
> Thanks for the feedback. This is fascinating stuff . . . The moral
> is: If a floppy disk is not recognised under Win2000/XP then it
> needs formatting under DOS or Win9x.

Nope. If XP has trouble with a floppy disk then format it using XP. It
will make it also compatible with win9X systems.







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Bill Sharpe
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
"Plato" <|@|.|> wrote in message
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Nope. If XP has trouble with a floppy disk then format it using XP. It
will make it also compatible with win9X systems.

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Formatting with XP is fine unless there's data that you want to retrieve
on the floppy. Then you need to resort to the fix mentioned in the KB
article.

Bill


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