i cant open my floppy disk

April 28, 2010 at 16:37:36
Specs: Windows XP
I have a floppy disk from the hospital where my son was born (back in 2003). they said it ether had pics on it of some kind of program to do things with pics...really i dont know what is on it....but when i go to open it,it asked me if i wanted to format it and i dont want to erase what is on it.......please help....I know a little about computers but not a whole lot

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#1
April 28, 2010 at 16:46:20
If it's been sitting around for a long while (especially in "non-ideal" conditions), there's a good chance that it's toast. As a last resort, find someone else with a machine that has a floppy drive (and a CD-Burner or USB port) and see if their machine can open it. If so, copy (don't move) them off to some format (flash, CD-R) you can use to make a real backup. Flash can at times be "iffy", so ultimately you want this to be some sort of an optical-media backup.

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#2
April 28, 2010 at 17:20:51
Do you know what operating system was used when the disk was written to? Might be a media descriptor byte problem. If that's not set then stupid XP assumes the disk isn't formatted. Older OS's don't use it. Here's some info in this previous thread:

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

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#3
April 30, 2010 at 08:23:39
no not sure what operating system they used......what is the media descriptor byte, what does that mean?

do you think it mite work on someone elses computer......the floppy has been kept in a folder this whole time..did that fry it?


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#4
April 30, 2010 at 08:57:52
please explain to me exactly what I need to do....I read and read what u all told me but i dont really understand.. thanks so much

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#5
April 30, 2010 at 09:42:34
I don't know for sure, if this is your case, but Medical Images
are stored as Dicom.

This is a medical standard.

You can try a Dicom viewer.

http://dicom.online.fr/

You might be able to convert or export to avi or jpeg.


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#6
April 30, 2010 at 11:05:12
Being 2003(when Apple actually had a market share), it might have been from a Macintosh, may want to try it out on a mac before you give up.

PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
512mb RAM
50gb SCSI
ATi 9200 PCI


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#7
April 30, 2010 at 13:06:22
I have never heard of an Ultrasound machine that uses a Mac


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#8
April 30, 2010 at 17:06:21
DAVEINCAPS has the answer (a media descriptor byte problem). Check the link that he posted in response #2. Mechanix2go wrote a script to add the media descriptor byte to the floppy diskette.

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#9
April 30, 2010 at 18:28:48
The disk ought to be physically OK as long as you've kept it away from magnetic fields, dirt or anything corrosive.

Here's what MS says about the descriptor byte:

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

It says there the disk can be read by older Dos and windows 95. I guess those don't set the byte while later OS's do. But I'm pretty sure 98 will still read a disk without the byte set.

Or, as Outlander says, maybe it's from a Mac.

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