Stroppy Floppy

  jack 21:17 18 May 2005

A friend has a floppy disk on which are many treasured items - 951 Kb worth.
When he put it into his machine (Win2000)to retrieve an item. he was informed that disk needed formattig - whould he like now!
As the disk cantained his data he ejected it and passed it to me to have a look at.

I put it into my machine(XP Pro) an it opened with all his stuff.
This I saved- E-mailed it to him and burned a disk as well.
Why would the disk appear to need formatting on hs machine when it had opened previously?

  woodchip 21:21 18 May 2005

Windows is a queer Operating System, We all get um

  Jak_1 22:01 18 May 2005

Win2000 is based on the NTFS system, the disk may have been formatted in fat32. XP can be either. For some reason NTFS will sometimes read fat32 based disks and sometimes not, I have heard of this happening more than a few times.

  woodchip 22:02 18 May 2005

And me as I have both

  jack 09:16 20 May 2005

The FAT32/NTFS conclusion is a reasonable assumption will pass it on to my 2000 chums.

Thank you all

  Stuartli 09:27 20 May 2005

You have a lot of chums - it will take a while...:-)

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