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Need help and have a question about floppy disk drive.

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    Need help and have a question about floppy disk drive.


    Hi, I'm running windows 8.1, and I got a external floppy drive and I got new floppy disks 1.44mbs, but when I put in the floppy in to my external drive it will not let me format it or even open it in windows 8.1 it takes a long time and still does nothing , windows sees the drive as a: but when I put a disk in it just keeps showing a red light on the drive and then it comes up saying that there is no floppy disk in, when there is. Dose this have to do with windows 8.1 or am I not doing something right , and I went to device manager and it is installed, I don't know what to do. Please help.


    andrea

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    Just tried a USB floppy drive -NOT USED for at least 6 years with the only floppy I could find. Format available with R click in explorer tried and failed with an error message.

    This was the most noise I could get out of the drive
    C:\Windows\system32>format a: /FS:FAT /F:1.44
    Insert new disk for drive A:
    and press ENTER when ready...
    The type of the file system is RAW.
    The new file system is FAT.
    Verifying 1.44M
    Invalid media or Track 0 bad - disk unusable.
    Format failed.

    So I don't know if there is an error with the floppy, W8.1 , the drive or any combination.
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    NO problems here.

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    Hi, I got mine to work, the problem I had was that my external floppy disk drive had a plastic black thin it so it came out and now it works.
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  5. #5


    Quote Originally Posted by peterk10 View Post
    Just tried a USB floppy drive -NOT USED for at least 6 years with the only floppy I could find. Format available with R click in explorer tried and failed with an error message.

    This was the most noise I could get out of the drive
    C:\Windows\system32>format a: /FS:FAT /F:1.44
    Insert new disk for drive A:
    and press ENTER when ready...
    The type of the file system is RAW.
    The new file system is FAT.
    Verifying 1.44M
    Invalid media or Track 0 bad - disk unusable.
    Format failed.

    So I don't know if there is an error with the floppy, W8.1 , the drive or any combination.
    Most likely it is the floppy disk but it could also be the drive. Neither were ever very reliable. This is a common situation. Try another disk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by peterk10 View Post
    Just tried a USB floppy drive -NOT USED for at least 6 years with the only floppy I could find. Format available with R click in explorer tried and failed with an error message.

    This was the most noise I could get out of the drive
    C:\Windows\system32>format a: /FS:FAT /F:1.44
    Insert new disk for drive A:
    and press ENTER when ready...
    The type of the file system is RAW.
    The new file system is FAT.
    Verifying 1.44M
    Invalid media or Track 0 bad - disk unusable.
    Format failed.

    So I don't know if there is an error with the floppy, W8.1 , the drive or any combination.
    Most likely it is the floppy disk but it could also be the drive. Neither were ever very reliable. This is a common situation. Try another disk.
    No I won't bother. Any more 3.5" disks are behind my emergency stocks of 5 1/2" and 8" floppys
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