FDD won't access disks

  mousey 09:32 02 Nov 2006
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Each time I try putting a floppy in I get the message The disk has no ID Identifier after a long wait, I try taking the disk out and re-inserting only to be told that the disk is not formatted. The drive was used regularly over the last couple of weeks on the same disks. Does this mean my FDD is now broken and needs replacing - and how hard is this to do? Any advice gratefully received.

  BRYNIT 10:32 02 Nov 2006

It could be the floppy disk is corrupt. Have you try the disk in another computer.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:39 02 Nov 2006

Is this the same with all floppies?

Make sure ribbon cable is firmly pushed in at drive and motherboard.

A new drive is approx £5 to fit:

1 switch off uplug
2 remove side panels
3 remove screw from side of floppy dride
4. remove ribbon and power cale from rear (not pink stipe on cable position)
5. slide flopy out front of case
6. slide in new floppy
7. insert cables (note pink stripe position, if cable is wrong way round Floppy ligh will stay on and PC will not boot)
8 secure floppy with screws at sides.
9.refit side covers
10 plug in and reboot PC (refer to 7 if wil not boot)

  mousey 11:40 02 Nov 2006

Thanks for the quick and helpful response guys - it seems like a new drive is in order and doesn't look too bad to attempt. If there are any problems with the fitting I'll get back to you, but after printing your fitting directions I'm going to give it a go.

Many thanks once again.

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