windows was unable to complete the format - why?

  s99Raj 20:18 08 Aug 2003

I have XP Professional and every time I try to format a floppy I get this message

windows was unable to complete the format

I can quite easily take the same floppy to a Mac, and it will format it in PC format without any problem.

The floppy drive is on a laptop Dell Latitude 500 if that makes any difference. The floppy drive has no problem reading or writing files.

  JIM 22:38 08 Aug 2003

Try disabling antivirus first,if that fails see

click here

  s99Raj 23:15 08 Aug 2003

Disabling the antivirus didn't help.

In DOS I tried format a:/x but that just came up with the following message

The type of the file system is FAT.
FORMAT is not available for FAT drives.

So now what?

  JIM 23:52 08 Aug 2003

what happens if you don't select the Quick format box just click the start button?

Start, Run, type in chkdsk a: /f

  s99Raj 00:39 09 Aug 2003

I didn't select Quick Format anyway. With and without it ticked I get the same message: "windows was unable to complete the format"

chkdsk a: /f tells me that "chkdsk is not available for FAT drives"

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