Floppy disk problem

  geoff47 18:03 02 Feb 2008

I am trying to use my Floppy drive.
When I feed a disk into the drive and click on it in My Computor, it asks to Format it, rather than open it.
After a moment it tells me "windows cannot format"
Is this a problem with the drive itself or have I installed the drive wrongly ?


  Clapton is God 18:12 02 Feb 2008

It may be a problem with the disk.

Have you tried an alternative one to see if it can be read?

  geoff47 18:24 02 Feb 2008

I have two with data one it and several empty ones.It does the same to all of them.Although it did open one earlier, as it should do, then it became obstinate.
When I tried to use an empty one it refused.

  tullie 19:03 02 Feb 2008

I now its no help but nows the time to join the 21st Century and use cds

  geoff47 19:29 02 Feb 2008

I have only recently installed this drive, from advice on this site.
CDs hold too much to be any good for what I am wanting to do.

  woodchip 19:32 02 Feb 2008

If the disc as not been used for some time it may stick, so tap on edges on you hand. but the info on it may be lost

  geoff47 19:48 02 Feb 2008

Some are brand new discs, but they have been laying about for ages, its worth a try.

  geoff47 19:53 02 Feb 2008

Right clicking and asked to scan I get a message.
"The volume does not contain a recognised file system"

  Technotiger 20:29 02 Feb 2008

I would check that the ribbon cable on the back of the floppy drive has not become slightly dislodged/loose.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 23:15 02 Feb 2008

ribbon cable loose or wrong way round.

  tullie 00:06 03 Feb 2008

CDs hold too much!!Does it matter,they only cost pennies.Dont understand why you cant use something that holds too much?

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