dos program gets messed up from a floppy with a bad table.

Microsoft Windows xp home edition with s...
March 14, 2012 at 17:15:37
Specs: Windows XP, pentium/512
dos program . how can i stop this?
i use the floppies to back up & transfer to another computer.it happens at the second computer.

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#1
March 14, 2012 at 17:39:34
Time to update. Stop using floppies.

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#2
March 14, 2012 at 18:42:51
you did not answer the question.

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#3
March 14, 2012 at 20:09:19
So you're making good disks on one computer but the second PC can't read and/or copy them? Maybe the second one has a failing floppy drive, or one of the drives is misaligned or the disks are bad.

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#4
March 15, 2012 at 02:18:33
Hi Irv,

There may be a mismatch between the floppy drives.

Try formatting the floppys on the the second(failing) pc
then write to floppy on first pc
then try reading on second pc.

Are these 3.5" HD floppys? if not, what?

Which backup program are you using?

If a set of disks is being created, are you loading the last disk written first? This is the one containing the table of contents.

Run (dos) CHKDSK on each floppy to see there are (preferably) no errored sectors, although very few should not cause a problem.

Please advise back on progress.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.



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#5
March 15, 2012 at 09:33:35
thanks for your prompt reply..
yes-3.6 hd
backup with pkzip/unzip.
it asks for the last disk when i put in the first.
the error is after i format and write on the second pc and it messes up the first.
if i write again with new disks it works & corrects the first pc.
[i did not try with old formatted disks- the formatted disks do not show errors]

thanks again..
irvg


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#6
March 15, 2012 at 09:37:07
is it possible that the ribbon is not on properly?
i had changed floppy drives a while ago.

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#7
March 15, 2012 at 12:59:02
If you put the ribbon cable on backwards on a floppy drive, the light will stay on constantly.

As Dave & Mike have both suggested, it could be the heads on one of the drives is out of aligment. I'm leaning heavily on this being the issue.

What operating systems are on the two computers? It could be a security descriptor issue as well.


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#8
March 15, 2012 at 13:41:51
Go out and buy two brand new exact same brand floppy drives. Then buy some brand new floppies.

Test it again.

If it fails then the problem could be with floppy cable, floppy controller or ram or cpu.

I'd think a $2 usb flash would have been easier and much more reliable.

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#9
March 15, 2012 at 15:33:16
cp #1 is win 98


cp #1 is win 98
cp #2 is xp home



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#10
March 15, 2012 at 22:38:11
If you're going to be doing these backups and transfers on a regular basis, as already mentioned, you should probably try a newer medium. A flash drive might be a problem for the 98 machine but you could add a cd burner to it with no problem or even an old 100 meg zip drive. They're cheap enouigh on ebay.

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#11
March 16, 2012 at 03:31:25
Network the computers and enable file sharing...

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#12
March 16, 2012 at 03:35:11
Hi Irv,

as others have advised above, a thumb drive may be prefable if you have usb ports available. But dos may complicate its usage. However floppies are fine if you prefer and PKZIP works fine with them.

I do not understand this:-
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the error is after i format and write on the second pc and it messes up the first.
if i write again with new disks it works & corrects the first pc.

[i did not try with old formatted disks- the formatted disks do not show errors]
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It suggests you are using the PKZIP quick format command, but surely format and write occurs on the first pc, not the second?

I still think you should try my earlier instructions. A quick format will not cause a problem with them.

Advise the PKZIP/UNZIP parameters if you like.

I suggest you spend more time carefully explaining yourself, as the problem itself and later posts (e.g. #9) are not as comprehensive as they could be. You can use the edit facilty to change them for clarity if required.

I wondered if there is incompatabilty between the ZIP programs. This might occur if you have are using a PKUNZIP that is an earlier version to that of PKZIP.

As a matter of interest, where are you based? I am in Hammersmith, West London.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#13
March 16, 2012 at 09:12:58
"cp #1 is win 98, cp #2 is xp home"

It's probably a security descriptor issue. Have a look at this article.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/140060


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#14
March 16, 2012 at 13:07:33
It can't be that,. The security was a dos/95 issue.

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