XP and 3 1/2 Floppies

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Larry Bevard, Apr 3, 2004.

  1. Larry Bevard

    Larry Bevard Guest

    I am trying to set up a couple of older computers that have been upgraded to
    XP. The problem I am having is that now the 3 1/2 floppy drives in both of
    these do not read the older disk that was saved from other computers. I
    returns the message that the disk are not formated and offers to format
    them. Only thing is that they will not format. I have tried this with 1.44 M
    and 720 K disk and can only find 1 or 2 disk that will work in the floppy
    drive. Is there a problem with XP or is there something else that I can do.
    I have even went so far as to buy a new drive and install it, and it still
    doesn't work.

    Larry Bevard, Apr 3, 2004
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  2. Larry Bevard

    Unk Guest

    1 - First, check the Bios and make sure that the option to hide the FDD from
    Windows is not enabled.

    2 - Format a floppy, copy something to it and see if you can read it back.

    2 - Open a command prompt and see if you can read the floppy from there.

    3 - This usually works:
    Click Start, Settings, Control Panel, System, Device Manager tab,
    Expand the Floppy disk controllers, double click on Standard floppy
    disk controller, check the box "Disable in this hardware profile",
    Shutdown & restart.

    4 - Microsoft's radical, and complicated, fix:
    Floppy Disk is Not Accessible, Not Formatted, or Not Recognized by Windows
    Unk, Apr 3, 2004
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  3. Larry Bevard

    Plato Guest

    It's a feature of XP.

    ps No guarantee that links on old pages still work.
    Plato, Apr 3, 2004
  4. Larry Bevard

    Unk Guest

    Unk, Apr 3, 2004
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