How to convert raw floppy to ntfs

November 15, 2011 at 07:24:35
Specs: Windows XP, X86-based PC/512MB
How to convert raw floppy to ntfs file system? I am using XP with NTFS file system.NTFS cannot read FAT32 floppies. I would like to recover data from those floppies.

When PC tries to read them message appears "Disk in drive A is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?" If I say "Yes", Formatting box appears, pressing "Start" button it gives warning and a final message "Windows was unable to complete the format."

Using Command prompt shows similar information. "The file system is RAW. The new file system is FAT. Invalid media or Track 0 Bad."

See More: How to convert raw floppy to ntfs

Report •

November 15, 2011 at 07:43:02
You misunderstand what a file system is.

Floppies can only be formatted to FAT12. They are far to small to warrant any other file system, not even FAT16 or FAT32.

The fact that Windows XP is installed on an NTFS files is irrelevant, Windows XP can still read FAT and all its variations regardless of which file system it is installed on. The same goes for Windows XP installed on a FAT32 files system, it can still read NTFS partitions.

You problem is that the floppy disk is corrupted. When formatting a floppy the formatting procedure can isolate bad track and ignore them with a reduced capacity. But it cannot do that with track 0. Track 0 is absolutely required in order to store the Boot Record. The only thing you can do with this floppy is bin it.


Report •

November 15, 2011 at 07:44:26
Floppies can only be formatted as FAT12. In any event doing anything but a quick format on a floppy would destroy all data, assuming the format could actually be done.

Most likely the disk has physical problems. You may be able to recover some data with recovery utilities but I wouldn't hold out much hope. Floppy disks should never be used as primary storage of important files. They are probably the least reliable of all storage media in common use during the last 30 years.

Try the disk with a different computer if possible to rule out drive problems.

Report •

November 15, 2011 at 07:45:11
Windows XP supports both NTFS and FAT32 on hard disks, while floppies can be formatted as FAT12 only, this under any MS operating system since original DOS.

The message you get is due to an invalid media, i.e. your floppy is unreadable because hardware is corrupted.

Report •

Related Solutions

November 15, 2011 at 12:10:37
Even if you could format to NTFS, the reformatting procedure would destroy all data on the floppy anyway. If the floppies are unreadable, it's doubtful they can be saved. Did you try them in another system?

Report •

November 15, 2011 at 12:54:35
Test these floppies in some other systems before you get too far along.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.

Report •

November 15, 2011 at 14:57:29
Well, there is always Roadkils Unstoppable Copier for recovery of data, it is free, and found here:

Report •

November 16, 2011 at 07:19:16
Is it possible the floppy disk has 2 square holes (high density) but has been formatted on an old pc as single density?

If so, a new pc would be unable to read, unless you blank off the 'extra' hole with black tape.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

Report •

Ask Question