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    Read Floopy Disk (XP Pro)

    I am trying to "read" a floopy disk,and get " No ID address mark was found on the floopy" . I searched what need to be done and HELP said that I have to "format" the disk. I understand that by doing this it will erase all the data on the disk, and I need to use the data billing forms sent to me by a customer.

    Can you please explain to be what to do.

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    Re: Read Floopy Disk (XP Pro)

    Hi RJ,

    Have you tried reading the floppy on another PC? If it works on another computer then that would point to a possible hardware problem with your diskette drive on the original PC.

    When was the last time you were able to read or write a floppy on your PC?

    Have you been inside the PC recently and possibly loosened the ribbon cable?

    Over to you...

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    Re: Read Floopy Disk (XP Pro)

    Hi Bob,

    Thanks for replying.... <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    I have a 3 XP Pro PC's networked, and can't remember ever reading a floopy on any of the PC's since we've had . I get the same pop-up when the disk is inserted.

    A: is not accessible- No ID address mark was found on the floopy.

    When I check the system it says there is no problem with the Floopy Disk drive, yet I get the same Error message on all 3 PC's. I haven't as of yet looked inside the PC's yet because for me it is a chore. :-(

    Suggestions appreciated.

    Roberta

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    Re: Read Floopy Disk (XP Pro)

    Floppies are notoriuosly unreliable. Can you have the client send the forms on a different media (i.e. CD, DVD, or USB memory key)? Possibly e-mail? Was the floppy even created on a Windows based PC?

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    Re: Read Floopy Disk (XP Pro)

    Joe,

    Thank you for the suggestion, I'm in the process of trying to cut though the red-tape to get forms e-mailed. From what I've read/understand XP is sensitive to reading disks that haven't been formated. Great question; "Was the floppy even created on a Windows based PC?" It never crossed my mind that creating a floppy on a different OS could be the problem.

    Roberta

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    Re: Read Floopy Disk (XP Pro)

    Hi Roberta,

    In addition to Joe's suggestions, you could also try formatting a blank diskette on your PC and send the media to your contact for them to copy the files onto your newly formatted diskette.

    Cheers, Bob
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    Re: Read Floopy Disk (XP Pro)

    The Operating System that was used is important.

    Although it is probably not related to your issue, see Floppy Disk is Not Accessible, Not Formatted, or Not Recognized by Windows (Microsoft KB 140060). There it says that in earlier Windows versions, when a diskette was formatted, the media descriptor byte was not written on the disk. Newer Windows versions are not able to read those diskettes, while they are still accessible using an older Windows Operating System. So even diskettes formatted using Microsoft Windows 95 may not be accessible using Windows 2000 or XP.

    Keep this in mind when recycling your old Windows 95 computer and you have "backups" on diskettes.

    Martin

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