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Problem with floppies in XP Pack 3

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by comtrain9, Jan 26, 2011.

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  1. comtrain9

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    I downloaded a whole bunch of internet images onto 1.44 MB floppies using Windows 98 on an older HP desktop model over a period of several years. I've stored them in various protective containers. I purchased a new computer in 2007-Power Spec 9201 with a dual core. It now runs Windows XP Service Pack 3. I was hoping to eventually transfer the pictures and mpegs and flvs to DVDs and/or CD-Rs. Problem is, I'm having real compatibility issues. The USB floppy disc drive I purchased may not be the problem. But, the USB won't allow me to open the pictures, properly. I get various messages: the diskette isn't formatted properly, or Windows tells me that it is an Unknown Disk Format, or that avgrsx.exe has a corrupt file and I need to run the Chkdisk. Sometimes, part of the image shows up and the rest is a jumble of beautiful rainbow color bands, or the image shows up totally blurred, or nothing shows.

    When I first purchased this computer back in 2007 it ran on XP 2 and I didn't have too much trouble opening these images and movies. But, I converted to XP 3, which I like. I'm just wondering if there's any way I can re-access these images and clips using different instruction, settings, software or hardware. Or, are they lost forever and I need to simply erase them-assuming my Windows allows me to. I was able to re-format one disk; I wasn't allowed to re-format a different disk, and I wasn't allowed to erase some images when I tried to.

    I still have the old desktop, but I'd like to avoid having to rehook it up and take care of reformatting or erasing the stuff on the old one, if I can. If I must destroy everything, I'd prefer to use this machine. It's just more convenient is all-and reformatting would be much quicker on this present device.

    But, I'd like to save the image so I can transfer them. Again, no point in transferring them, if you can't help me find a way to open them in this, relatively newer, device. Thanks.

    Comtrain 9
     
  2. surferdude2

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    Floppy drives are notorious for not tracking with others. If you have usb ports on the old rig, try reading the floppies with its drive and copying them to a usb flash drive.

    You can also try them in some floppy drive of a convenient friend. It the luck of the draw as to whether you hit on a drive that tracks like your old one did.

    A DCC or network hookup would also work for transferring.
     
  3. Rockn

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    What format are the diskettes? It should say on the front of the diskette
     
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