Solved Why is my brand new Floppy Disk Drive blocked?

August 6, 2018 at 22:58:47
Specs: Windows 10
Checking contents of old Floppy Disks on old Compaq - suddenly the drive does not accept floppy. Bought a brand new yesterday and continued the work. Suddenly the same thing happened. Thought it must be a diskette that did someting bad. Checked all the diskettes and discovered that three of them have not got the "shield" on top that moves. Is this the problem OR have I removed the diskette too soon and destroyed something? The diskettes are important since they hold research info. of my son who died six years ago. Must buy a new one but need to know what causes this disaster! Thank you for your help.

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August 7, 2018 at 12:53:36
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Presumably the drive(s) is (are) usb connected?

I note you’re on win-10 and that version seems to have innumerable issues for many.

Per chance, can you get access to a non win-10 system? If so then try your drive(s) on that system?

Similarly a Linux booted system may help.

I’m not overly knowledgeable re’ Linux and others here may be more able to help there. My approach would be to boot your computer with a Linux dvd, and perhaps try accessing the drive and disk from Linux. The link below is just one of many discussions along this line.

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August 8, 2018 at 01:27:54
Good morning,

Thank you for your answer! I am so happy that I could explain it so it became
understandable for persons who know computers well. I just read this and will
reread it and follow your instructions. I have read on the internet that W 10 can
cause unwanted problems because of too much of everything. Too much of
things is not good in any field of Life, I think.

Thank you again.

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August 8, 2018 at 02:56:30
From 2010 to 2015 I used an internal floppy drive under Ubuntu, a
very popular version of Linux. It worked fine, but required downloading,
installing, and configuring several files to make it work. I've forgotten
the details of the somewhat complicated setup.

The drive also worked fine under Windows 7.

It was a Sony MPF-920-Z, purchased new in 2009 for $12.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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August 8, 2018 at 08:38:06
Hallo everybody,

My floppydesk drive now functions as it should.
I thank you for your help. :-))))))!

There will certainly show up other computer problems
for me, and now I know there is a place to go to for
help from professionals! I am so relieved!!

By for this time and all the best to you!

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August 8, 2018 at 09:00:16
Thank for the feedback; how did you resolve/fix the problem?

Incidentally there are few here who are full time (professionals); but many are retired and some full or part time working - and not necessarily in the IT field as their main source of pennies (for tea 'n cakes/cookies - even ice cream...).

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August 9, 2018 at 01:02:27
Feed back!

I went back to the shop and brought the whole stack of floppydisks with me.…
Turned out that one of them was ruined and I did not know. Got a new one
and now I am extremely careful in handeling them. Felt rather ashamed of
my negligance… Good to know that this place is a little like Dr Phil..i.e. a
safe place to talk about tough things :-))!

All the best!

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August 9, 2018 at 01:20:09
Would be wise to duplicate the content of the good disks to another storage media; e.g cd or dvd, and also to an external hard drive. Having data stored on at least two different systems/media covers you against possible problems with either one in the future?


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August 9, 2018 at 07:22:38
Will do that asap! On my way first thing tomorrow.
Thank you.

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