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    Unformatted diskette

    Good afternoon -

    Brought home a diskette from work to work on its files over the weekend. I copied the files at work as "Local save as" and checked that all the files were copied over (Local, Open...). At work, the 6 files were on the diskette.

    You know the end of this story by now. Opened the disk at home and received message: "The disk in Drive A is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?" After saying No, & without hope of success, I tried coping A to A. Received message: Windows cannot read the disk you are copying from. Make sure it is not damaged or in use."

    I have successfully copied over files before, on disks I brought in. Are not all disks pre-formatted? Is there any way I can salvage the files on the "unformatted" disk?

    What did surprise me was that the disk from the office is a DD. But, that shouldn't affect anything, right?

    Thank you for any insights.

    (I have Win98; at office I believe its WinNT. But, as I said, I have copied files successfully in the past.)

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    Re: Unformatted diskette

    Curious,
    Have you tried any other disks or just this one?
    All disks are NOT pre-formatted, but it would not have allowed you to copy to it if it was NOT formatted.
    DD (double Density) is OK , in fact most floppies are DD these days.
    Have you tried to copy a disk at home to see if you can read it at work?
    What format did you save the files "as"? )txt, doc or what) <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Unformatted diskette

    Bob -

    Thanks so much for your QUICK answer.

    Yes, I've tried other disks and they were ok.
    That's what I thought about formatting: if not formatted, I couldn't have copied files to it. And, as I said, when I checked that all files were copied over, yes, they are were on the floppy. I even brought one "up" to verify it.

    "Have you tried to copy a disk at home to see if you can read it at work?" - Yes, and I can.

    The formats are doc (they are tables, created in Word2K that I have successfully , in the past, copied to disks to work on at home, on Word97).

    When I did a little further sleuthing, under Properties for the floppy Free and In Use showed 0 byes! So, how did I access the files at work??

    When I tried accessing the floppy from another computer, same messages....



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    Re: Unformatted diskette

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    Yes, I've tried other disks and they were ok.
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    Looks like you just got a "dud" disk. Possibly, when you tried it at work, it was it's last gasp or damaged after that point. Didn't put it in your pocket next to your cell phone did you? <img src=/S/nope.gif border=0 alt=nope width=15 height=15>
    I would try to full format another disk (not quick format) and try it again at work. <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>

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    Re: Unformatted diskette

    Bob -

    Thanks for the follow up. Nope, not next to cell phone.

    I had thought of emailing me the files, but I wasn't sure how to do it from the office (they're on a network and I don't know the procedure from a network setup)...

    Have a good weekend,
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    Re: Unformatted diskette

    Hi Curious

    If you can copy the files from your network, you should be able to email them.
    Since they are .doc you can probably save some bandwidth by "zipping" them first.
    Open the New Message window in your email program, enter the appropriate 'who to' and 'what about', then drop your cursor into the text area.
    Select "Insert" or "Attach", select "File", browse to your zipped file(s) and select it. An icon should indicate its presence in your email.
    Send the email.........should be on its way home. Of course, you'll have to "unzip" them at home.

    You can try it at home first by sending a small attachment to yourself.

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    Re: Unformatted diskette

    Ken -

    Much appreciate your response. I know how to send email from stand-alone pcs, but there wasn't anyone around at the office to ask about the network setup, and I didn't want to risk who knows what by experimenting. Don't even know what email program they use. Will surely inquire Monday.

    Thanks for your time.
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    Re: Unformatted diskette

    You might want to bring a disk that you formatted at home into the office and see if it works. Sometimes floppy drives get out of alignment, and this would help determine whether the problem was (a)

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    Re: Unformatted diskette

    Thank you, Jefferson, for your resonse.

    Yes, I have brought in disks from home and used them on the office computer w/o problems.

    When I tried the disk from the office in the office today, of course it showed all the files...maybe the computer gods were telling me not to work [on that project] over the weekend.

    I have decided from now on to only use disks that I bring in. Paranoid? Perhaps...

    Again my thanks; will be 'reading' you and 'speaking' with you.

    Curious

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    Re: Unformatted diskette

    When you format a floppy disk, the data is laid out in the way that the drive writing it is lined up. If this drive has an alignment problem then other floppy drives will report that the disk is not formatted.

    The most likely cause of your problem is that the mechanical alignment is wrong on one of the two floppy disk drives, either the one that formatted the floppy or the one that couldn't read it. To find out which one is faulty...
    <UL><LI>Format one floppy disk at work and one at home
    <LI>Copy files to each floppy disk from the system that formatted it
    <LI>Try reading each of these floppies on as many different PCs as you can
    <LI>If one of them often gives the "not formatted" error then replace the floppy disk drive on the PC where that one was formatted[/list]StuartR

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