floppy disk errors

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tbeatham

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Why is it I am able to use a floppy disk in the morning and then all of a sudden the system says that the disk is not formatted and there is nothing on it? Has happened quite a few times now sometimes with old disks and now with one that has never been full and is only a couple of weeks old.
Is there any way of retrieving the information from the disk when this happens?
 
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My guess is you that when you are writing to the floppy you are taking the disk out too fast. After writing your data to disk the system has to update the "FAT Table" (file allocation table). Without that update, the FAT table is in limbo so the system thinks your disk is not formatted. Had this happen to me in the early days of computing.

Always wait until the light on the drive goes out before removing the disk. If no light, then wait 5 secs or more before taking the disk out.

As for retrieving data on the disk, suggest you do a search on data recovery programs. Since you can't have written anything further to the disk, your data should be on it and be recoverable.
 
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You're not putting the floppy disk near any magnetic fields, monitor speakers etc? That will wipe it out and make it not readable.
 
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