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A drive disk not being Detected!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Murdoc2k, Sep 24, 2003.

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  1. Murdoc2k

    Murdoc2k Thread Starter

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    Hi, I had this weird problem lastnight... I was working on my assignment for school and I saved on my floopy "A"... everything was working until I unplugged the disk and re-inserted...

    all of a sudden, when I told my computer to access A drive, it just kept loading non stop and when I removed the disk it said "Would u like to format this disk now?"

    I am confused... its happened to me a few times already and then after a while it reads again..

    does anyone know why this is happening and how to prevent it? :rolleyes:
     
  2. McTimson

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    Do you mean that you unplugged the whole drive, or you just took out the disk and put it back in?
     
  3. Murdoc2k

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    took out the disk and put it back in
     
  4. ~Candy~

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    It sounds like the drive may not be completely level inside the computer and/or you aren't giving it enough time before you click on it. Also, the floppy drive itself may be in need of cleaning....grab a can of compressed air and blow the dust out of it.
     
  5. Murdoc2k

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    but it works all the time and never failed until recently...
     
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    Then perhaps try cleaning it.....and if it has an oval opening, I've seen those start to do funny things after awhile, if they are just a teeney bit off of being exactly up to the front cover.....it's a hit and miss at times.
     
  7. Triple6

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    "its happened to me a few times already and then after a while it reads again.."

    If a can of compressed air doesn't remedy it, its probably time for replacement. Floppy disks and drives are highly prone to dying. You have tried another disk?
     
  8. Murdoc2k

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    are there ways to maintain it so it wont' break so easily? :rolleyes: and if so, is there a way out of this problem?

    I tried with second disk and gave me same problem
     
  9. Triple6

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    All mechanical/electrical things break or fail - its a fact of life. keeping everything dust free is a good place tp start. A can of compressed air is a cheap thing to have - and can help with dust in the computer. There's also drive cleaning kits.

    I suggest trying another disk drive - they're quite cheap (probably around the same price as a Compressed Air and a Drive Cleaning Kit together).
     
  10. ~Candy~

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    You might also try hooking it up outside of the case to be sure it's not a situation where it isn't level in the case, or pushed far enough forward to where it picks up the disk you put into it.
     
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