I have recently purchased a new PC. Mesh PC AMD64 Processor running with Windows XP (SP2. However since it did not come with a floppy disk drive I have purchased an external floppy disk drive peripheral (Packard Bell - PB-UFD100)connected by way of USB.
I am experiencing difficulties in having some of my old diskettes read by this drive, The following warning pops up:"The Disk in Drive A is not formatted". However these diskettes can be read on my old PC and work PC?
Can anyone diagnose what the problem is/what the solution might be? Have we purchased a rogue Drive Unit?
Not the drive but the way that XP reads floppies as far as I can tell - the web is inundated with documentation relating to the inability of some XP machines to read floppies formatted in other machines - even others with XP.
I am finding that the quality of floppy disks has detoriated my old ones 10 yrs old are fine, but modern ones say upto 2 yrs old fail with the message you state after about a years use. To get round this problem I try to (and usually succeed) recover the files using the following free program "Flop Show". It works very well. click here