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    Drive gives write prtected error

    In an older (333) Win98 system, the 3.5: a drive reads fine but cannot write to or format a disk in it. I get a message that the disk is write protected. It is not. I have been able to do both with the same disk in another computer.
    I also swapped in a new 3.5 inch drive and got the same error message from the new drive.
    If anyone know what is going on I could use the help. This is a client and I would prefer to not just start trying stuff. my next move would be to re-install windows

    Any thoughts?
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    Re: Drive gives write prtected error

    Nice thought but
    It is not specific to the disk inserted in the drive. All disks yield the same result and the disks work fine in other machines.
    Gaddy

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    Re: Drive gives write prtected error

    I read somewhere that the data your trying to backup may be corupt. You can try copying the Data to a different folder and then try backing it up again. You say you are sure that the Write Protection SLIDE is in the right spot?

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    Re: Drive gives write prtected error

    Gaddy,

    If "Device Manager" doesn't show a problem with the floppy. I would first try to replace the driver for it. If still NG, replace the floppy drive. They are cheap enough these days and not really worth spending too much time troubleshooting them.

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    Re: Drive gives write prtected error

    Bob, if I read this correctly, they've already swapped in a new 3.5" drive used several diskettes an as far corrupt data Cowboy apparently the disks won't even format. I'd have to suggest swapping the cable and if that fails, could be the drive controller and last but far from least the mobo.

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    Re: Drive gives write prtected error

    Brian,
    You are right. I skipped by that or read it wrong. <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>

    Still could be the driver or as you suggested, the cable. MB is a remote but possible problem. The drive controller is usually right on the floppy drive, so the swap out would have tested that.

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    Re: Drive gives write prtected error

    Suggest you look Very Carefully to see if there are any bent pins in the plugs at either end of the connecting cable. Going back about twenty years, we had a problem with a floppy drive on one of the IBM PCs with a 360 KB 5 1/4" diskette drive where a pin at one end was bent so that it didn't make contact with its corresponding hole in the socket. Ironically it was the wire/pin which controlled the "write-protect" circuitry!
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    Re: Drive gives write prtected error

    John may be on to something. I would say a cable or connection problem at this point has to very likely. We know it's not the Floppy Drive becuase he has tried different ones, and can't be the disk cause it works fine in other machines. If it's not the cable or the connection it has to be the MotherBoard. I really don't think it's the controller.

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    Re: Drive gives write prtected error

    I will be back at that location later this week. and replace the cable and check the pins. Since the computer is the oldest in the shop, they are ready to replace it rather than spend too much diagnostic$ - which is fine by me.
    Thanks for the ideas.
    Gaddy

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