Can't access floppy disks with Windows XP

July 15, 2015 at 00:06:26
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Celeron 1.30GHz
My PC has Windows XP Pro (SP3). It has a cd drive, hard drive and floppy drive. I've had it several years and have had no major problems, but about a week ago, when I tried to use a floppy disk, an message came up stating, "A:\ is not accessible. No ID address mark was found on the floppy disk." This happens with used or new disks.

What causes this, and what is the fix? As I said, this only began a week or so ago.


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#1
July 15, 2015 at 00:55:53
Do you have another Floppy drive reader?
Most likely the Floppy drive is faulty.

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#2
July 15, 2015 at 07:29:00
Double check that the internal cable connections are OK - as in disconnect and reconnect them. Very long shot but who knows it "might' just be...?

When you insert the disks presumably they go in OK (all the way) at least?

Also double check the status of the floppy drive in Device Manager; is it showing as OK?


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#3
July 15, 2015 at 15:21:58
I've had to change floppy drives before now - like most things they can definitely fail. I note that it was working OK a week ago but that's life. Whenever you get a fault on something it must have been working before that.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#4
July 15, 2015 at 16:12:03
"Whenever you get a fault on something it must have been working before that."

That pearl of wysdum rivals the other olde saw...

It (whatever it is you're searching for) is always found in the last place you look...


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#5
July 18, 2015 at 10:29:54
Hi Derek, JWR advises he tried it about a week ago and it failed.

I wonder how long ago it actually worked.

JWR - suggest trying another drive, or first removing old one's top and blowing out any accumulated fluff with a hair dryer set to cold and maximum blast. Use a thin childs paint brush to assist.

While open, also gently clean the (two) read//write heads wth a bent cotton bud/q-tip tipped in ipa

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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#6
July 18, 2015 at 12:15:25
"Use a thin childs paint brush"
But most kids are fat these days.

Sorry - just been struck by and exceedingly silly mood.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#7
July 18, 2015 at 13:42:19
And in the olde days kids generally weren't "thin", just nicely slim... Although occasionally perhaps a wee bit to slim... But then it was wartime or just after...; and sweeties etc. were in short supply - as was junk phood in general...

The days of a penny carrot or a penny apple are long gone...


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#8
July 19, 2015 at 05:43:59
I see what you mean Derek - no doubt caused by eating all those McDonalds.

This have created another problem in causing Cemeteries to become full.

Reason being the build up of preservatives in ones body, when you die it no longer deteriorates! :-)

Regards - Mike

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