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    Reformatting Floppy disks!

    Ok i have had a floppy disk with very valueble codes etc that i need on, and all of a sudden it says it needs formating. Is there a way around this without losing the information i have on that disk and if so how?

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    I doubt there is, usually with a floppy if its broke, its broke...... Dont give up yet though, someone may know!

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    20/20 hindsight . . . backup, backup, backup.

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    You can try a Recovery Utility on it like Disk Doctor in Norton Utilities. Could be that only the File Allocation Tables are bad and the data is still okay. Then again, I have never been able to recover a floppy in this way. Have done it wilth hard drives but not floppies.
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    how would i go about doing this mate?

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    First of you would have to get hold of norton disk doctor or disk diag.

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    Then run the program on the disk checking for errors and have them automatically fixed.
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    you might want to give this a try, I haven't used it personally but its worth a try.

    http://www.downloadatoz.com/badcopy-pro/
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    try to clean your floppy drive with alcohol
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    Here's a little thing thats kind of weird about floppies and floppy drives. Sometimes when your drive starts to go, the disks it writes to can only be read by itself. Put that same floppy in a different drive on another PC, it won't read it. Take it back to its original drive and it reads.

    I'm only mentioning this because I've run into this a handful of times and I usually get the data back by going to the original machine/drive. Then I explain to my clients about USB pen drives and backups


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