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29-09-2001, 09:06 PM
Is there any way to retrieve data from a floppy when it will not even open or read.
can you help please. Keith.

29-09-2001, 09:30 PM
Try running scandisk on it. Although it wont be able to fix it if the disk is completly fill.

29-09-2001, 10:21 PM
Floppies often fail when track 0 goes bad, and it becomes unreadable/unwriteable.
Here's where good old DOS comes in (dont snigger).

If you browse through the msdos/diskutil section of the Simtel archives at http://www.simtel.net there are several DOS programs that attempt to recover data from bad floppies, including:
badflpy4.zip; track0.zip; drs120.zip
Being Dos programs they are of course very small, so you could download all these and try them.
Good luck.

02-10-2001, 07:56 PM
Scandisk will destructively repair the disk. You would be lucky to get a good file.
I would be inclined to try the old DOS progs: at least they will try to read the disk, not 'FIX' it.They come from a time when a single floppy cost $15 at Dick Smith's, so there was an incentive to keep using a flakey disk. Thus a need for programmes to pick off the good stuff.
A commercial programme you might find is NDD: the Norton Disk Doctor. Ask at your local PC Users Group! Even the DOS version of NU (Norton Utility), (with the /m option)can pick out sectors.
Of course, the old rule still applies: One copy is not safe. Two copies are not a 'backup'. Three copies, one in a different place, is a bit better.

02-10-2001, 10:56 PM
Thank you all who gave advise.
tried the Fixes but could not retrieve any files.
Have used the Floppy as a coaster. Keith.