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I'm having some trouble with using floppy disks on my PC which I built recently. When I try to access a floppy disk it says that the disk needs to be formatted. I click format, then start and it says " Windows was unable to complete the format". I've tried this on several different disks. The OS is vista home premium. Can anyone help?
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you made sure that there write protect tab on the floppy is set to being unprotected?

sometimes its the simplest things... i know about it, try formatting a floppy when you aint got a power cable plugged into the floppy lol

Anjokid

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can you open floppy disk and use them?
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Indeed check the above. Sometimes and rather often thre can be bad heads on the disk..In other words its damaged.
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sometimes its the simplest things... i know about it, try formatting a floppy when you aint got a power cable plugged into the floppy lol
Yeah, that was my first problem with the drive. I didn't notice the little power connector because I was looking for a big molex connector. I just figured it got its power off the motherboard. My second problem was that I had the FDD cable plugged into the drive upside-down. So now I'm dealing with a third problem. This is the first computer I've built and this is the only component I've had any trouble with.
The slider on the disks is set to unlock. I'll probably buy some new disks and test those incase the disks I have are damaged.
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Where did you get the DRIVE??? NewEgg?? Their floppy's have about a 1:5 DOA ratio. Also just check the ribbon cable...ie. try reversing the ends, put the end that is plugged in the drive to the mother board and vice versa
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post #6 of 10
As you discovered the FDD cable, unlike the HDD, will plug in both right side up/upside down. The Red line on the FDD ribbon cable should always be on the opposite side as that of the HDD.
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Where did you get the DRIVE??? NewEgg?? Their floppy's have about a 1:5 DOA ratio. Also just check the ribbon cable...ie. try reversing the ends, put the end that is plugged in the drive to the mother board and vice versa
Turn FDD 180 degrees (aka reverse the right/left) and try again
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The drive is the Sony one from Newegg. I swapped the new floppy drive and FDD cable with the ones in my old PC. The new drive works fine in my old PC, and I have the same problem with the old drive in my new PC as I had with the new drive. I don't see where the problem could be other than in the motherboard or in the OS.
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If I start my computer with a disk in the floppy drive it says "Remove disks or other media and hit any key to restart" and won't continue until I remove the disk. Does this mean that the BIOS is recognizing the disk but not the OS?
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post #10 of 10
It means that you have the floppy disk drive as your first boot option and it's booting your floppy before your harddrives.

When you have something in your floppy, it will attempt to read it to try to boot off it.
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