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    XP and floppies (XP Pro)

    I'm encountering increasing numbers of students being unable to access work on floppies at an FE College in England. I'm very familiar with the "Sir, I've lost all my work" excuse but I'm beginning to think that so many can't be just having me on! Whilst I've seen cases of floppies removed before the light goes out and mobiles are everywhere I have recently spotted some remarks about "XP not liking floppies" on forums here. Most messages appear to say that the disk in A drive is not formatted etc. Can anyone provide a bit of real foundation for this and suggest a solution. Yes, I know we shouldn't be using floppies any more and, yes, they should back everything up and yes, students think up brilliant excuses but I feel that there is something else going on here and I'd like to get to the bottom of it.

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    Re: XP and floppies (XP Pro)

    Andrew,

    From one FE lecturer to another <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

    <post#=79474>post 79474</post#> and <!post=this thread,179878>this thread<!/post> might give you some pointers.

    Many of my students now use USB drives - the floppy is only used for submitting assignments on.

    HTH

    (Perhaps a list of good excuses from students might be a giggle?)
    Steve H
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    O2K SR3/O2010; Win7Pro

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    Re: XP and floppies (XP Pro)

    I think that you will find that there is no one magic bullet that cures all of these woes. It isn't that XP does not like floppy disks, it is that they are an unreliable form of media. If the disk works in the system that formatted or wrote to it initially, it is likely that it is an alignment problem. A disk that appears fine in one system could be unreadable in another, usually due to misalignment of the drive heads.

    Floppies also have a tendency to go bad since they are exposed to a much wider array of elements than is the hard drive in a computer (or USB drives, which have no moving parts). XP most likely is less tolerant of errors on the disk itself to protect the integrity of data, but that is only a theory.
    -Mark

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