Windows recovery floppy disck failed

March 27, 2011 at 10:46:23
Specs: Windows XP, Intel core 2 duo 2.40 GHz/2GB ram
I just finished a general back up of my computer,but it looks like the floppy disck for auto-recovery failed.If i try to open it to se what's in, the machine ask me if i want to format it.Can anybody please help?can i steel fix it or the back up is been only a waste of time?

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#1
March 27, 2011 at 12:01:13
" floppy disck for auto-recovery failed.If i try to open it to se what's in, the machine ask me if i want to format it."

"floppy disck for auto-recovery "

What floppy disk for auto-recovery ?
Does it have a title printed on it ?

For what make and model of computer ?
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Do other floppy disks read fine in the same floppy drive ?

If NO floppy disk reads fine in the same floppy drive, either you have a problem with the floppy drive's data cable or the floppy drive has been damaged.

If yes, other floppy disks read fine in the same floppy drive, then try reading the floppy disk in a different floppy drive - sometimes they will read fine in one floppy drive but not in another one, because of slightly different head alignment.

If the floppy disk does NOT read fine in ANY different floppy drive, the disk has probably developed bad sectors - that's a common problem with floppy disks.
Usually that problem can't be fixed, but you could try using a program that can fix problems caused by certain data damage - e.g. floppy disks have two partition tables- sometimes the second one is okay and can be copied to get the floppy disk to read okay again.

If the floppy disk DOES read fine in a different floppy drive, then copy the data off of it to another floppy disk, try that disk with your computer
-or - better - copy the data off it to a flash drive, copy the data off of the flash drive to a floppy disk on your computer, to ensure that the floppy will read properly in your floppy drive.

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#2
March 27, 2011 at 15:04:51
I did a general backup following the instructions from Microsoft Help & Support,at the and of the back up i was asked to inser a floppy disck in the drive A to ceate a "Windows Automated Recovery Disck"I did what the machine said,but it looks like the disck failed to write.My question is:can i still try to obtain this Recovery Disck or,my backup is now useless?Thankyou in advance.
Roberto23

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#3
March 27, 2011 at 15:50:36
Apparently, you can only create a "Windows Automated Recovery Disk" if you have XP Pro .
Is that what you have ?

The floppy disk may have had previously undetected bad sectors on it. That's also a common problem.

I recommend you have Windows check the floppy disk whenever you're going to be using it for anything essential or important, and that you make at least one copy of the resulting floppy or the data on it after it has had data copied to it or placed on it.

The best, most reliable way to have Windows check the floppy for previously undetected bad sectors is to do a Full format of the floppy, which automatically checks for bad sectors as it's formatting.
Insert the floppy in the drive, RIGHT click on the A drive letter in My Computer or Windows Explorer, select Format, DO NOT select Quick format, Format the floppy.

When it has finished, RIGHT click on the A drive letter, select Properties.

The Capacity should be the full 1,457,664 bytes, NO bytes in bad sectors should be listed.
If ANY bytes in bad sectors are listed, DO NOT use the floppy for anything important - it will probably spontaneously develop more bad sectors as time goes by. Start over and Full format another floppy, etc..

As far as I know you should have no problem making a "Windows Automated Recovery Disk" with a non-defective floppy disk at any time, but on the other hand I have only fiddled with my own and other's systems that have XP Home or MCE versions on them, not Pro.


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#4
March 27, 2011 at 16:45:38
Yes i have XP Professional,and i did exactly what you said,on rigth click the available choices are Quick format andCreate an MS-DOS sturt-up disck i choosed the secon one and it look like it is working OK but when it finishes it says format completed,and when i return in properties it show no bites avilable and no bites written!!!! Sorry mate i'm dumb,i just checked it now and it all there it is done it took its time but it did it.Thankyou very,very much Regards
Roberto23

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#5
March 27, 2011 at 18:35:15
Okay, sounds good.

I didn't say to use Create a MS-Dos disk (it installs files that makes it a Windows ME boot disk) when you're doing a Full Format to check the disk, but the results should show the same - NO bytes in bad sectors when you look in Properties.
Full Format is slower than Quick Format but it checks the disk for bad sectors while formatting - Quick Format merely deletes the file allocation table information and does not do that.

Making the "Windows Automated Recovery Disk" may format the floppy anyway and place data on it while doing that, but if you do the Full Format first and then make sure there are NO bytes in bad sectors in it's Properties, then you can be pretty sure the floppy's data will be okay for a while.


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#6
March 27, 2011 at 20:30:06
When i click in format the only two option are:quick format or Create MS-DOS startup disck.There is no other option but it worked OK.Thanks again

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#7
March 27, 2011 at 20:59:58
The default is Full Format.
DO NOT select Quick Format when you want to make sure the floppy disk has no bytes in bad sectors.

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