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How come I get an unknown format error when trying to access a floppy disk in DOS format? 

by on August 11, 2011

Q: I’m trying to recover some files stored in HD 3″1/2 floppies with a USB floppy disk drive, and I get an “unknown format” error message when I try to read/copy them.
The floppies were written using DOS (I don’t know which version) in a 386 computer and I’m trying to read them in a laptop with Windows XP SP3.
Is there any way I can do this? I’m sure the files and the floppies are not corrupted because they’re new (the 386 dinosaur is still alive and controling a piece of equipment at my workplace).


How can I access data on a floppy disk if I do not have a floppy drive on my computer? 

by on July 10, 2010

Q: I have some old floppy disc that I am trying to open. Some have documents and some have photos. I downloaded the floppys with a computer that had an internal floppy disc drive running with Windows XP Home Edition. Since then I bought a new computer with Windows Vista on it. How can I open these floppy disc files on Windows Vista?


Are 3.5 inch floppy drives being phased out? 

by on June 30, 2010

Q: Are A drives being phased out? From my own experience 3.5″ floppy drives ARE very reliable and you can put small amounts of information on them and take your business work home to work on later. Larger floppies are not as reliable and very cumbersome to work with. Some people do not need 750 MB, when 1.4 will do.

2. Recently, a lot of people mysteriously can not find their A drives on their computer. Is Microsoft behind this?


Reasons why a computer may not properly recognize your floppy disks 

by on November 25, 2008

Q: I need to access files that are on some old floppy disks. When I try to access the floppy disks, my computer states each disk is not formatted. How can I get to my information?

A: There are two common reasons why your floppy discs may be detected as “not formatted”.

First, you may have created your floppies in a format that is incompatible with your current computer. For example, Windows is often unable to work with floppies that were created on a Macintosh. If your floppies were created on an Apple computer, use a Mac OS X computer to both copy data from your floppies and convert any old files to newer formats. For instance, you should convert ClarisWorks documents to Microsoft Office formats. Then use Mac OS X to burn all of this data to CD-R. The resulting CD should be compatible with Windows. Read the rest of this entry »

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How do I access information on old floppy disks? 

by on November 11, 2008

Q: I have old floppy disks that I now need the information off of. When I try to access the floppy disks my computer states the disk is not formatted. How can I get to my information?

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