Where can I get a floppy disk for Sharp PA-W 1200 Word Proce

March 13, 2013 at 15:18:37
Specs: Windows 7
I have found an old Sharp 1200 word processor I used to use as a kid.

I want to use it again, but it says there is no disk is inserted, so I'm assuming the 'Sharp 3.5 floppy' that came with it has become corrupted.

Where can I buy a compatible floppy disk? The manual states the disk is a 2DD type micro floppy disk. What types of floppy disks can I get now that would work with the processor?

I also want to be able to transfer files fro the processor onto my laptop. The 1200 can convert files accordingly, but can anyone recommend an external floppy disk reader for my laptop?

Many thanks, I hope I can use my machine again soon.


See More: Where can I get a floppy disk for Sharp PA-W 1200 Word Proce

Report •

March 13, 2013 at 18:27:01
Try Amazon.


Most of the are HD but should work in a DD drive. There are also a couple of drives in the list.

Bear in mind that the format of the Sharp 1200 floppy drive may not be compatible with a PC. Everyone had their own formats in those days before they became standardised.


Report •

March 13, 2013 at 22:18:21
Are you looking for blank disks on which to store the data or do you need some kind of Sharp system disk in order to make the word processor work?

Report •

March 14, 2013 at 12:52:57
HI Russ, start by cleaning out he floppy drive.

Remove its covers and blow out with a hairdryer set to cold and maximim blast. Use a long thin soft brush to assist.

Carefully clean the heads with a bent cotton bud/q-tip dipped in isopropyl alcohol (liquid that comes with cd/dvd cleaning kits).

Make sure everything moves easily as maybe some grease has gone sticky where it has been applied (screw spindle?) as the drive has not been used for some time.

Also disconnect/re-connect both ends of the interface cable, 2 or 3 times, to clean the contacts. Maybe same for power cable.

Regarding transferring files rather than buying a floppy drive, why not have a friend with one, email you the files.

Please advise back on progress.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

Report •

Related Solutions

March 17, 2013 at 08:47:32
Thanks for the advice everyone.

1. 'Are you looking for blank disks on which to store the data or do you need some kind of Sharp system disk in order to make the word processor work?'

I'm looking for blank disks to store information on as I think the old one has degraded.

2. 'Try Amazon.'

I certainly will, these look exactly like what I need. Cheers Stuart.

3. 'HI Russ, start by cleaning out he floppy drive.'

I'd be a little worried I'd do something wrong, but if a new disk doesn't work I think I'll have to look at something like this - although will probably try to find someone who knows what they're doing first :P.

Will keep you all posted on how I get on - have just ordered new floppy disks from amazon for memory space.

Many thanks,


Report •

March 17, 2013 at 17:43:25
You can use 1.44 disks. The 720 K drive won't know the difference. (Of course you'll need to reformat the disks as 720 K.) But when you put the reformatted disk in the laptop's 1.44 drive you will have to have the disk's sensor hole covered with tape. Otherwise the drive will see it as a 1.44 disk and won't read the 720 K format.

Report •

March 18, 2013 at 10:01:43
Hi Russ, I feel you should have waited before ordering disks.

Had you explained better your requirements in the first place, better answers might have been forthcoming.

e.g. if the Sharp is not IBM compatible, am not sure you will be able to re-format or format, as in the early days each manufacturer, tended to use their own standards in order to lock you in to them as the supplier of disks etc.

Hope the new disks work ok for you.

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

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

Report •

Ask Question