Solved new floppy disk drivr has gone raw

May 17, 2020 at 03:18:36
Specs: Windows 10
New floppy disk drive bought
On first day it worked ok
Then after a few hours it won t read disks
Message comes up Drive is inaccessible
It wont format
In dos - chkdsk says it cannot work with a RAW Drive
This happens with Windows 10 and XP
It won t format in dos either
Anti virus off with Dos command as administrator
A:/ format x doesn't work
This is the second Floppy Drive this has happened to this week
Can the drive be put back to Fat from Raw?
Many thanks to anyone who can help

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#1
May 17, 2020 at 03:28:13
See if you can get a result using a Linux live CD.
https://wiki.debian.org/FormatFloppy

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#2
May 17, 2020 at 03:37:29
"This happens with Windows 10 and XP"
To use Windows, you probably can only use W95 - ME.

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#4
May 17, 2020 at 04:54:25
supposedly in win-xp it works as below

https://tinyurl.com/ya7c6l8x

and this from another forum re' win-10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials...

and this is M$-land discussion - at some length... about it win-10

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us...

(for some odd reason tinyURL wouldn't with with this last link)


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May 17, 2020 at 04:58:58

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#6
May 17, 2020 at 07:54:35
Does this happen with any floppy inserted?

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#7
May 17, 2020 at 09:20:35
tak for that one Johnw; and if one browses for similar utils - there are lots of 'em...

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#8
May 18, 2020 at 11:10:15
Yes with any disk and also happens with the two USB Drives that I have

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#9
May 18, 2020 at 12:09:09
What make/model is the computer; and have you made any changes to the operating system, or done anything re’ the bios?

Did this happen after any particular wi does update!

I’m using around motherboard drivers/chipset being involved...

Long shots I know but “one never knows“ (cue the Inkspots...)


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#10
May 18, 2020 at 12:44:17
Just to be clear, any USB drive you now connect yields the RAW message? If so, you MAY have corrupted the file system on all of them by removing them while the computer was still writing to the drive. Are you using the "safe to remove icon in the tray by the c lock to verify it is OK to unplug the USB drive?

If that is the case you may be able to repair the file system on these drives. When you connect your USB drives do they show in Computer?

Once a partition is corrupted you need to delete that partition and create a new partition. OF COURSE you don't want to do that if you want to save the data on the drive. In the case of the USB floppy drive were you simply reading previously written disks or actually writing to the disks?

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#11
May 18, 2020 at 15:51:57
Thankyou for your interest
No I haven t removed whilst pc writing to them
I always use safe to remove
Yes the drives show as a:floppy drive
I was simply reading existing disks

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#12
May 18, 2020 at 16:07:50
Is there any chance to test the disks on another computer? Ideally one that is known ok with floppies; and even better with an earlier windows OS?

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