Is there any solution to opening/reading an old floppy disk

December 24, 2012 at 16:27:48
Specs: Windows XP
I'm trying to open an old 'imation 2hd ibm /1.44mb" floppy disk...
2 different computers have said"disk is not formatted, would you like to do this now"...
Very important data was put on disk in 2006; how can I retrieve my information. - (Won't I wipe out all pre-exsisting data on disk if its re-formatted? )
Thank you

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December 24, 2012 at 17:16:10
Sadly, the disk is already probably inaccessible, and yes, you'd basically wipe out the data with re-formatting. Floppies are very unreliable, even when kept in cool and dry condition (the ideal way to store them). You may be able to try reading it on other machines with a floppy drive, or use a utility to help (though I don't know of one specifically for floppy disks). Storing data on multiple optical media discs (and then keeping that media in the same conditions) would be the best bet for saving the data, should you be able to retrieve it...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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December 24, 2012 at 17:17:26
Does the floppy show in Windows Disk Management? If so, is there a drive letter assignment?

You might be able to run recuva in it, or Easeus Partition recovery.

Get both at the links below.

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December 24, 2012 at 21:46:30
You might try debug just to test the disk:

If it loads...(ie: no error)...

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December 25, 2012 at 01:44:43
Hi Elizzabeth,

try reading the floppy on the slowest pc you can find.

Was the floppy written to on a pc,or something else, like a mac?

If the floppy is very old, could it have been used as DD, when it has the extra hole for HD?

Not sure what you mean by 2HD when describing the floppy.

Nbrane - surely debug will not work, if the pc does not see the floppy as formatted.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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December 26, 2012 at 00:53:51
Tank you, will try this too

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December 29, 2012 at 00:16:07
If the disk was previously used only with older OS's it may be a problem with the 'media descriptor byte':

There's a script fix in # 10 here:

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