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    The parameter is incorrect (WinXP/W2k/DOS)

    Sometimes when I attempt to read a diskette, I receive the error, "The parameter is incorrect." It is listed as Windows error code 87 0x0057 The parameter is incorrect but I have been able to find no information on what the source(s) might be other than the Windows default, "The disk is unformatted. Do you want to format it?" ... which is incorrect. It is formatted and has files on it. I have MacOpener installed and I've been able to read Macintosh diskettes. Some of these diskettes are years; some aren't.

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    Re: The parameter is incorrect (WinXP/W2k/DOS)

    When we start to migrate to WinXP from Win95 and WinNT, our Help Desk starts getting increasing number of complains about bad diskettes/ floppy drives. It looks like WinXP is much less tolerable for floppy errors. Many times the diskette that reported "unformatted" on XP machine easily opens on 98 machine. I think it's a plot aimed to force users to switch to CD-RW instead of floppies (remember computers like HP e-Vectra without floppy drives at all?) <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> I have no solution except "make a copy on another floppy" <img src=/S/innocent.gif border=0 alt=innocent width=20 height=20>

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    Re: The parameter is incorrect (WinXP/W2k/DOS)

    Since, of course, these are backup floppies, "make a copy on another floppy" won't exactly work ... I guess, as you infer and as I've read elsewhere, the solution for backup floppies is - find a W98 system, read the files and "make a copy on another floppy." <img src=/S/heavy.gif border=0 alt=heavy width=40 height=34>

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    Re: The parameter is incorrect (WinXP/W2k/DOS)

    These "Backup" copies, were they made by using the "Backup" command from a older OS like me, 98 or 95 or even 2K?
    If so you will find out that "Backup" has never been able to open disks that were made using an older OS. <img src=/S/devil.gif border=0 alt=devil width=15 height=15>

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    Re: The parameter is incorrect (WinXP/W2k/DOS)

    No, the files were dragged and dropped. Never have used Microsoft Backup, although I've read that the version with XP is much improved and more reliable.
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    Re: The parameter is incorrect (WinXP/W2k/DOS)

    Have you tried reading them in any other machine? including another XP machine?

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    Re: The parameter is incorrect (WinXP/W2k/DOS)

    No, I haven't. Sounds like a good suggestion. I'll try my laptop and try a few others at the office tomorrow.
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