Help! I'm Trying To Retrieve Floppy Disc Data

Microsoft Windows xp home edition - comp...
July 31, 2010 at 18:24:42
Specs: Windows XP

Okay. Here is my issue. I put my old floppy disc into the exact same computer that I saved or recorded the files on. Now, it's telling me that my disc needs to be formatted. But I know that formatting the disc will destroy all of my precious data that I saved on it.
So since i can't format my disc that is full of data. How else could I get my computer to open up the files from the floppy disc?? Furthermore, If that fails, then is there a way i could just transfer all of my files from my floppy disc, to another area in my computer system? Without actually opening up and viewing the files? Since my computer refuses to open the files now? What Can I Do??? THANKS!!

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August 1, 2010 at 01:34:53
Could be that the old floppy disk has gone to floppy heaven but...

Try running chkdsk a: /f /v from the command prompt

Can the floppy drive read other floppies?

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August 1, 2010 at 08:05:22
If you don't use the floppy drive often, the heads inside may be "dirty". In that case, the drive probably won't read other floppy disks as well. Use a floppy drive head cleaning floppy in the drive. If you don't have one, you may have a hard time finding one these days. Try looking at a place that has lots of computer parts. If you don't find one, they are available on the web.
Or - you could remove the floppy drive, remove it's top cover, and manually clean off the heads, etc.

If the floppy drive reads other floppies fine ....

I have found that floppies made since 2000 or so have a greater percentage of them that develop bad sectors over time, and sometimes even over a short time. Floppy disk quality control isn't as good as it used to be before 2000.

There are programs you could try to repair the data damage, but often there's nothing you can do if certain data in both copies of the FAT table is on bad sectors.
E.g. if you happen to have or can borrow Norton Disk Doctor or Norton System Works (which has NDD) new enough to be used in Win 95 and up, it can replace a damaged FAT with the other FAT if the other FAT is not on bad sectors.
You can run NDD from the CD without having to install anything, but in that case, you can't undo changes you make.

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August 1, 2010 at 09:14:26
I am not sure if it would work but you could try running a file recovery software to see if files show that way. Below are a few links.

PC Inspector (freeware)
Zero assumption Recovery
The demo is limited
It will only recover 'up to' four folders per run
But you can make multiple runs
GetDataBack - not free

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August 1, 2010 at 09:19:19
See if it will fix it if you get and use a floppy drive cleaning kit.

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