floppy disk not formated message

  jarani 17:01 16 Sep 2006

i desperately need help with the above problem

no doubt my own fault - for some reason after inserting a floppy to read it i suddenly got the message that the disk is not formatted - do i want to format it or not , which would ofcourse deleat it , and i cannot access it or copy it - it has years of sesitive financial information on tax etc - jarani

  Diodorus Siculus 17:04 16 Sep 2006

Time to look to your backup I think; was this disk used in a non-XP machine and then put into an XP machine?

  jarani 17:06 16 Sep 2006

ps - the way i damaged the floppy , i think , was to start the computer with a usb external floppy drive already holding the disk in it - the files are there but cannot be accessed - jarani

  Jak_1 17:06 16 Sep 2006

What os are you using? What os was used to write to the floppy? Is it possible that the floppy was used on a mac?

Formatting will overwrite what may or not still be on the floppy. Also floppy's do deteriorate as to be unreadable over time.

  Mark5001 17:06 16 Sep 2006

click here

Try downloading this free floppy recovery tool.

  VoG II 17:07 16 Sep 2006

Try this to recover the files click here

  jarani 17:11 16 Sep 2006

Dio - i use the floppies to avoid the need for backups but even they need to be backed up - i stand corrected - we live and learn

the disk was originally formated in win95 then used in win98se and have since been used successfully in winsp - jarani

  jarani 18:01 16 Sep 2006

VoG - am i right in reading your suggestion that it only scans the hard drives ? - jarani

  VoG II 18:13 16 Sep 2006

No it will scan a floppy as well. I have used it to recover files from a floppy that had been formatted.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:11 16 Sep 2006

Floppy recovery click here

  jarani 20:17 16 Sep 2006

thanks for the links - i have downloaded but somehow cannot find a way of using any of them - some use a free download that will scan but not repair, others like drive rescue i cannot activate to do the repair - i am not normally that thick, or am i ! - jarani

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