Floppy Disk Format

Discussion in 'Computer Peripherals & Consumables' started by Padraig H, Aug 3, 2012.

  1. Padraig H

    Padraig H
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2010
    Messages:
    160
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Ratings:
    +3
    My granddaughter while visiting me had a old floppy disk from when she was at collage with some photos, etc. on it. I don't use the floppy drive on my PC anymore but I checked it and it still works fine. When I insert the disk I get a massage saying ; The disk in Drive A is not formatted. Do you want to format it now. But that will erase the contents on the disk. Is there any way of getting
    round this , she was so disappointed.
     
  2. gary99129

    gary99129
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2006
    Messages:
    137
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Ratings:
    +20
    In days gone by, I used to use Norton Disk Doctor to recover floppy disks. It's part of Norton Utilites by Symantec, any version of Norton Utilites will do as floppy disks haven't changed for over 20 years and Norton Untilities has been around for just as long.

    However, there are no guarantees that this will work.
     
  3. SyStemDeMoN

    SyStemDeMoN
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2008
    Messages:
    4,047
    Products Owned:
    2
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    137
    Location:
    Tipton, West mids
    Ratings:
    +796
    Are you sure the discs were used in a PC ?
     
  4. limblee

    limblee
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2006
    Messages:
    2,155
    Products Owned:
    1
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    67
    Location:
    Ruislip
    Ratings:
    +235
    We still use Floppys at work, when we get the message, its either the drive hadn't finished writing data to disk or the disk had dirt/damage to it.

    Either way I would go back to source and try a different floppy disk.
     
  5. MarkE19

    MarkE19
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2002
    Messages:
    17,514
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Rainham Essex
    Ratings:
    +2,515
    Floppies were never that secure with the data they held, so an old disk is likely to have problems being read - especially on a different drive to the one it was written on.
    You may be lucky and be able to recover the data with a simple and free data recovery program - 16 Free File Recovery Software Programs (Free Undelete Software)
    but if none of them work then you are probably out of luck and anything on the disk is lost for good.

    Mark.
     
  6. Padraig H

    Padraig H
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2010
    Messages:
    160
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Ratings:
    +3
    I've got Recuva file recovery software so I'll give that a go.
     
  7. Padraig H

    Padraig H
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2010
    Messages:
    160
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Ratings:
    +3
    Didn't use the recovery software after all, after numerous attempts the JEPG icons appeared. Managed to
    get some images but some of the files were corrupted. Glad I don't have to use these disks anymore.
    Thanks all
     

Share This Page

Loading...
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice