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25-03-2005, 12:42 PM
Hi there!

Why would PC stop recognizing its own floppy disks? The message says that it might be not formated. After formating it cleen it works ok.
The PC itself went through reinstallation of XP, so the problem must be with PC, not the disk. But some disk it does recognize.

Any ideas?

25-03-2005, 12:47 PM
Floppy discs aren't the most reliable of things.
They can fail for any number of reasons, including being old

25-03-2005, 02:12 PM
XP tends to be more fussy about floppy discs that have damaged sectors than for example windows 98.

My guess is that the floppy disc is getting slowly worse and a format will help not when the bad blocks are encountered again by reading/wrting to the disk.

Alternative problem at dos and win95 formatted floppies under xp (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;140060)

Also look at this forum thread (http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Q_21215623.html)

Getting the floppy drive cable inserted the wrong way also does bad things :p

Buy a USB pendrive ... :2cents:

25-03-2005, 06:59 PM
You can buy a replacement floppy drive from Dick Smith for about $30 or a USB2 floppy drive for about $50.

25-03-2005, 07:10 PM
Hi Taly. Xp and floppies have history. I run XP Pro and Office 2003. Every time I copy anything at all to a floppy I get the following response: "The target cannot handle this type of document." Nevertheless, the file is copied to the floppy and can be be used from the floppy or transferred to another machine. This happens on old and brand new floppies, straight out of the box or specially formatted. :cool: Cranky bastard.

25-03-2005, 07:12 PM
Did you format them as DOS or FAT?

25-03-2005, 09:52 PM
Did you format them as DOS or FAT?

I'm not sure what you mean Growly - as far as I know if you are talking Microsoft, there is only one file format used on floppies and that is FAT12 (even in XP). See:


If you used a more modern FAT, the file allocation table itself would take up too much room on the measily 1.44MB disk.