Floppy Disk Problems

  K.H 14:04 14 Dec 03

Hi all


My sister has tried using a floppy disk which has all her university work on, but when she tries to open it its saying "The disk is not formatted or its formatted for a Macintosh" Strange considering we have a PC which she has saved it from, not a mac. Is there any way of formatting it to a PC type (FAT) without loosing 3 years of work.? Also is there anything that can be done to maybe convert it?




  Big Elf 14:07 14 Dec 03

I don't know the answer but don't format it as it could make the problem worse.

Try it in another floppy drive.

  AndyJ 14:22 14 Dec 03

Check it from an MSDOS window. At the command prompt type in CHKDSK A:

If you're running XP to get the command prompt click on Start / Run and type "cmd" (without quotation marks)

If there's a problem type in CHKDSK A: /F

  K.H 14:27 14 Dec 03

Big Elf and Andy J

Thanks for the suggestions.

I typed that in the MSDOS wondow, and it came up with "The type of the file system is FAT." - so it isnt Mac?

It also said "Error reading folder /."



  LastChip 14:49 14 Dec 03

First things first. If you have three years work on this disc, write protect it now, if it's not already, then at least anything you do will not make the problem any worse.

At an A:\ prompt, if you type;

dir [enter]

what result do you get?

Or, can you not get to an A:\ prompt with that disc in?

  Forum Editor 15:00 14 Dec 03

used this floppy in another machine - perhaps at university?

  K.H 15:06 14 Dec 03

Last chip

It just goes straight to C: documents, not A

FE, my sister says that this is the only PC that she has used the floppy on.



  Big Elf 15:06 14 Dec 03

FE's comments rings a bell with me now. I had problems recognising a floppy when I'd used it in Win 2000 and then tried to read it in a Win95 system. It would only be read in a system with NT, 2000 or XP.

  Big Elf 15:08 14 Dec 03

Sorry, hadn't refreshed before posting and didn't see your answer.

  LastChip 15:16 14 Dec 03

This program click here has the ability to recover files from a floppy.

You can download a trial version if you wish and see if it helps.

  K.H 16:00 14 Dec 03

Well, my sister is going to go to university and check on one of thier computers, which im not sure, but may be running Win98.

I will update you of any news.

Thanks again


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