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Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by unstresst, Dec 17, 2003.

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  1. unstresst

    unstresst Thread Starter

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    I have 3 floppy disks.
    I fill these with files, then copy the files to another location.
    once this is done I delete the files from the floppy.
    ..Lately these floppys will not accept files.
    .....Is that to be expected after reusing them over and over?
     
  2. pyritechips

    pyritechips Gone but Never Forgotten

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    It's possible. After copying files from them why not just reformat them? It only takes a few seconds.
     
  3. unstresst

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    ....uhhh......reformat??
    ...Forgive my ignorance, but how is that done?
     
  4. pyritechips

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    Hello again:

    Very easily:

    1) Make sure the "write-protect" tab on the floppy is down.

    2) Insert the floppy into the drive.

    3) Double click "My Computer" then right click 3½ Floppy (A: ), then click "Format..."

    4) You need not change any of the options. Let the computer keep the displayed default settings.

    5) Click "start" and then you will see a warning box appear. If you are not sure you want to format click "Cancel" if you are sure click "Ok".

    6) When finished you will get a "Format Complete" message.

    That's all there is to it!

    :)
     
  5. kiwiguy

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    If the floppy disks are giving problems, dump them now.
    They are quite unreliable now even when new, and should be considered a temporary form of storage, unless you make several copies onto different disks.

    While formatting may work, the underlying signals are there now that these ones are not to be trusted.

    In my experience floppy disks are much lower in quality now to when they were once universally used.
     
  6. unstresst

    unstresst Thread Starter

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    .....The write-protect tab:
    .....the "down" position??
    ....is the slot open or closed in the "down" position?

     
  7. starman2002

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    If you are going to keep using the floppy disks,buy some new ones...the ones you are having problems don't have much life left in them.
     
  8. pyritechips

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    Hello again:

    The floppy is "unlocked" and the slot is open with the tab in the down position. This is unprotected and the floppy can be written to. If you try to format with the tab up you will get an error message:

    "The disc is write protected"
     
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