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    Floopy Disc Problem

    I don't know it this is the right part of this forum for this question. I have a floppy disc that I put info on two years ago. I have often used it to look at the info. Yesterday I tried to open the disc and I got a message telling me that the floppy disc was not formatted. I can not open the disc and I know if I format it, it will erase all the info on the disc. There are twenty six disc in the box that i keep that disc in and none of the others have this problem. Is there a way to open the disc without formatting it.
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    Re: Floopy Disc Problem

    Try it in another floppy drive.
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    Re: Floopy Disc Problem

    See if you can do a chkdsk /f on the A: drive floppy.
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    Re: Floopy Disc Problem

    Thanks Doc for your reply. I tried it in three spare floppy drives that I have. I get the same results. It seems that that one floppy disc is the only one out of the 26 that i have in that box that I am having this problem with. What can cause a floppy to need to be formatted all of a sudden?
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    Re: Floopy Disc Problem

    Thank you Bob for your reply. I tried doing a CHKDSK/f on the floppy disk and got this message. "The type of the file system is RAW. CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives." Can you tell me what that means.
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    Re: Floopy Disc Problem

    The diskette has "gone bad", to the extent that Windows thinks it is unformatted (or RAW), and so won't run CHKDSK.

    If you have an ancient DOS box, try Norton Utilities' NU, around version 5 (1989)...
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    Re: Floopy Disc Problem

    Floppy disks (and even floopy disks) do go bad after a while. I don't use them any more, but when I did, I ran into one that had become unreadable several times a year.

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    Re: Floopy Disc Problem

    By definition, RAW is:
    The term raw disk refers to the accessing of the data on a hard disk drive (HDD) or other disk storage device or media <big>directly at the individual byte level </big> instead of through its filesystem as is usually done.

    To have this happen on a floppy most times indicates that the floppy partition has failed. I don't think it is actually formatted as RAW but the OS sees it as an unrecognized format and says it is a RAW disk.

    You might try to Google for a file recovery program to get your data back but I don't think your prospects are good.
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    Re: Floopy Disc Problem

    Following Bob's lead... take a look at this recovery software. Relatively inexpensive, depending on how important that data is to you. Get yourself a USB flash drive or 3 and use them for backups, alternating between them. It will save these sorts of headaches in the future.
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    Re: Floopy Disc Problem

    Pauliez,
    I had a similar problem but fortunately I had copied the floppy to my external hard drive. See Post 658714
    I tried putting the program on my Western Digital Pocket Drive, and that failed as well. For some reason it appears that the memory stick is the key. Even the program that Doc posted mentions a Memory Card Reader under System Requirements.
    I would be curious as to why that would be if anyone knows.
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