Solved Im sure this is a dumb question for a floppy disk

July 30, 2018 at 07:11:50
Specs: Windows 10
How can I tell if the floppy disk I have is 720kb or 1.44? I am trying to find a flopy drive so I can get the info off some old floppy disks. I have tried using two different floopy disk drives and they won't read them Of course it could be the person who really does not know what they are doing which would be ME!

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July 30, 2018 at 08:05:15
A 1.44 floppy disk will have the letters HD (high density) printed on it, normally on the metal slide.

There are a number of reasons whey you may not be able to read a floppy disk. It may have "gone bad" over time, or it may have been recorded on a different computer - e.g. an Amiga or a Mac rather than a PC.

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July 30, 2018 at 08:37:37
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This article - which discuses converting a 1.44 to 720... clearly shows the physical difference between the two formats

This one also explains the physical difference - ad why they are so.

Which floppy drives hae you used thus far; and presumably they are/were usb connected?

And as ijack comments - are you sure they were formatted/created etc on a dos/windows pc; or was another system (Mac, Amiga etc. used)?

btw.. The only "dumb" question is the one not asked... Every question has its value.

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August 1, 2018 at 05:41:28
Thank you both for your responses. I checked one of my floppy disks and some have just HD and some have 2HD and some have 2SHD. I'm not sure about the USB connected question. These disks are about 10 - 12 years old and the computer i was using was older and had been refurbished. The floppy drive I ordered from amazon had a broken part on it so I have sent it back. Don't know if i shoukd get another one. Thanks for your help.

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August 1, 2018 at 05:47:22
The drives I have used are Tendak USB Floppy Drive and Esynic USB Floppy Drive

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