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dewar
07-01-2003, 04:47 PM
I have installed WinXP. I am unable to format a floppy on A drive. All other functions work ie, being able to delete and transfer files to the A drive. Anyone know what the problem is?
Thanks.

Billy T
07-01-2003, 05:17 PM
What happens when you try to format the floppy? Is there an error message or does nothing happen? More info gets quicker better answers.

Cheers

Billy 8-{)

Kame
07-01-2003, 05:41 PM
When formatting the floppy make sure you aren't seeing what's on the floppy.

Best way to do it is, if in Windows Explorer make sure the floppy drive isn't hilighted or anyone of it's subdirectories. Right click the floppy drive and select format and then do what you want. In my computer right click the floppy drive and choose format.

dewar
08-01-2003, 01:19 PM
Billy,
Thanks for the query. Nothing at all happens. The normal format prompt is listed umder the file menu.
Thanks.

Billy T
08-01-2003, 01:30 PM
Hmmm.............

I don't use XP so I'm unlikely to be able to progress this. Sounds like the format facility has been disabled. I'd investigate the Windows help file and take a look at formatting to see if such an option exists. It would be a bit crazy to provide that but crazy never stopped MS before.

Cheers

Billy 8-{) ?:|

godfather
08-01-2003, 01:46 PM
Are you logged on as Administrator? Some functions are not available unless you are.

-=JM=-
08-01-2003, 02:28 PM
Is the disk write-protected?

Have you tried formatting from the CLI.

Heather P
08-01-2003, 02:45 PM
Did you try a second disk?

Billy T
08-01-2003, 03:54 PM
Ummm.......

Dewar's original post said he could write to the disk and delete files. That would suggest that the disk is OK.

:D

Heather P
08-01-2003, 04:33 PM
Oops, was skim reading again. :8} Nasty habit. Ignore previous suggestion.

dewar
13-01-2003, 10:10 PM
Thanks all for the info;
Floppys ok, no write protection, I am administrator and everything else ok.
Seems like some link from the prompt missing.

Elephant
14-01-2003, 08:58 PM
In WinXP click Start, My Computer. Locate the floppy in the pane and right click the icon. One of the options will be Format.

Does this work?

dewar
14-03-2003, 10:03 PM
There is a "Format..." line but clicking on it does nothing, no message, nothing.

IanJ
14-03-2003, 10:49 PM
Open up a Command Prompt (Click on start, run, type in "cmd" - delete quotes) From here type format a: and see if this works.

Ian

onlyme
14-03-2003, 10:52 PM
like on a vcr have you clicked the little tab from down to up or up to down (one is right)