3½ discs not formated, theres pictures on it

May 27, 2011 at 14:21:18
Specs: Windows XP
Hi, just found some 3.5 floppys that I had from 1903 but when I try to get them, a box comes up that says it;s not formatted. I was able to get pics from one floppy, but 3 more say they aren't formatted. Is there anything I can do to save the contect?
Thank you for yolur help!!!
Sherrie

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#1
May 27, 2011 at 14:25:06
If you have floppies from 1903, they're worth a million a piece.

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#2
May 27, 2011 at 15:17:20
I would love to get my hands on a floppy disk from 1903! It would be worth a fortune.

I take it you meant 1993. If that is the case I think you can wave good-by to the data on these disk. Floppy disks were never that reliable at the best of times and one that is eighteen years old is going to be past its best.

You could try a different floppy drive is you have one available as sometime heads get slightly misaligned and make it impossible to read the disks.

Stuart


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#3
May 27, 2011 at 15:20:23
try recuva, it may work, but I'm not too sure

I take that back as the disc does not function at all...my mistake

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#4
May 27, 2011 at 17:00:04
Actually recuva might work. Certainly worth a try.

http://www.piriform.com/recuva



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#5
May 28, 2011 at 01:53:53
Sherrie777, my 2¢ worth, Those disks were likely written using an older OS (assuming the disks are still viable). Make sure you can read older disks. Most of the older OSs seemed to use the FAT 32 format rather than the more modern NTSC XP likes. Know anyone still running '98 or ME? Maybe they can read the disks?
HTH
Ed in Texas

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#6
May 28, 2011 at 02:13:30
All 3.5 floppy disks from DOS to Windows 7 use FAT12. No MS Operating System ever used anything else for floppy disks. AL MS Operating System can read FAT12 disks. The file format of the hard disk is totally irrelevant.

Stuart


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#7
May 28, 2011 at 13:19:38
Try the disk on other machines maybe. The do go old and go bad too. Both drives and floppies.

Even if they were compressed it would say that in a text file.

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