formating floppy disks

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Trying to copy files on a floppy disk(first time trying). Windows told me disk was not formated would I like to format now? Pushed yes, a few seconds later message appeared saying the size 1.44 did not compare with disk or that disk was damaged. Disks are brand new. Any suggestions?
 
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You may have a bad batch of floppies. I would say return them. You can do a scandisk on a floppy too and see what that says. If your floppies are bad, there's no sense in trying to force the issue.
 

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Mosaic,

Thanks for your reply. Tried to scan but got message saying disk was not formatted so could not scan. Will return the disks and try some new ones.

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It could be you mistakenly bought 720KB floppies, try to alter the format to 720kb and see if it works, if it does you have the wrong size disks
 

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Brian,

Thanks for your reply. Tried both sizes 1.44 and 720. Niether one worked. The disks are Memorex. IBM formatted 2SHD and have 1.44 on them. Will take them back tommorow and get some new ones.

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To expand on brianf's logic. Have you checked your BIOS to see what the Floppy size is set at?
 

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Mosaic,

No I have not. Actually I do not know how to check my BIOS. I will do it if you can tell me how.

Thanks

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To get into the BIOS or CMOS or Setup it depends on your computer.
When you get in there, check what you have your floppy set to and change it if necessary. Save Changes and exit. Be very careful in there.

Here's a list of possibilities. Excerpted from: http://www.computerhope.com/help/cmos.htm#02
New Systems

New computers are commonly using one of the four keys to get into the computer setup

F1 during the boot process.
F2 during the boot process.
Esc during the boot process.
Del during the boot process.

Older Systems:

Ctrl + Alt + Esc during the boot process.
Ctrl + Alt + Ins during the boot process.
Ctrl + Alt + Enter during the boot process.
Ctrl + Alt + S during the boot up process.
Page up during the boot process.
Page down during the boot process.

You have to enter the BIOS early in the boot process before Windows is started. On my older computer, I pressed the Delete button as soon as the Starting Windows95 message appeared. I have a blue HP screen which comes up on this machine.As soon as I see that I press the key to enter the BIOS.
 

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Mosaic,

Got into my BIOS. Drive A said 1.44M 3.5 inch. Drive B none. Floppy 3 mode support-Disabled. Thought I should let you know before I change anything.

Thanks Danboy
 

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Mosaic

Just got back from Staples with some new disks. Tried again and got the same results. Thought you would want to know this.

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Be more specific about what you are doing. Are you sending files to the floppy from Windows Explorer?

Have you tried putting one of the blanks in the drive and right clicking your A drive in Windows Explorer. Select “Format” and see if it will format that way.
 
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What kind of floppies are you buying? They should be PC Compatible and therefore should be pre formatted.
 

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Mosaic & slipe

The floppies I purchased are Imation. They also say 2HD IBM 1.44mb and do say formatted on them. What I am trying to do is copy my work records from the My Documents icon on my desktop to a floppie. Just tried the right click idea that slipe suggested and the format got almost finished and then the message appeared again. Tried to scan for virius with Norton and was informed the drive was locked by a utility. Dont know if that means anything or not. Thanks very much for your help.

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ME TOO!!! I have the exact same problem with my floppy drive. But I know exactly when it began. I tried to print a file that I created on my home PC at Kinko's via the floppy. But Kinko's only had the software I needed on a MAC, so I stuck the disk in the SuperDrive on the Kinko's machine to see if it would work. The MAC read the disk (sorta) fine. When I got home and tried to access the disk on my own PC, I began getting these same "formatting" and "wrong size disk" errors. I get the errors on ALL other disks as well; new disks, old disks, formatted, non-formatted, blank, full.

Have tried:
Uninstall floppy in Windows and let Windows find it
Physically remove drive and secure all cables, mounting screws
Check BIOS for irregularities
Run Norton DiskDoctor (unable to determine disk size)
Searching in Microsoft Tech Help on-line
Screaming/ Pulling hair/ Cursing
 
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MAybe it is the drive or the floppy ribbon cable. I've had a computer with a bad floppy drive a few times. Will it read other disks?
 
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