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Computer Help Required

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Tough Love, Aug 30, 2005.

  1. Tough Love

    Tough Love Senior Member

    Joined: Oct 10, 2004 Messages: 1,894 Likes Received: 2
    aight heres the run down. I have a disk(floppy) with some shit that i need on it. HOwever, i cannot open it because every time i click to do so, it says the disk is not formatted and gives me the option of formatting it or not. If i click no, it doesnt open and nothing works. Now, im not a genius, but i do know that formatting a disk will erase all the shit on it? (or am i wrong) what can i do to open this thing without losing any stuff thats on it? Or am i completely screwed and there is no way of opening this disk without losing my shit.
  2. Tough Love

    Tough Love Senior Member

    Joined: Oct 10, 2004 Messages: 1,894 Likes Received: 2
    oh yeh, if it makes a difference, the disk is "Double Sided, MFD-2hd" whatever the fuck that means, and im using windows XP
  3. Biggus Dickus

    Biggus Dickus Senior Member

    Joined: Jul 21, 2005 Messages: 1,371 Likes Received: 1
    What kind of computer was the data written on? PCs can't read mac floppies easily.

    If it was written on a PC, Windows will give you that error because the partition table and or boot sector have been destroyed. Magnetic disks tend to self destruct like that. It doesn't help that modern Windows computers don't check for whether writes succeeded when writing to floppies because it increases perceived responsiveness when they don't.

    I've written small files to brand new floppies before in Win2k, walked them to the next room, put them in, and had another Win2k computer say they weren't formatted before because windows just threw a bunch of data at the floppy drive as if it was a hard drive without seeing if it was being written or not.

    Basically unless you know how to do low level recovery on floppies and have something with DOS on it to boot from, you're probably screwed.
  4. Tough Love

    Tough Love Senior Member

    Joined: Oct 10, 2004 Messages: 1,894 Likes Received: 2
    aahhh thats what i was afraid off...well im getting the person to email me the files...me and computers dont exactly speak the same langauge...
  5. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Aug 25, 2002 Messages: 14,783 Likes Received: 14
    there's a program that does this, it's called spinrite, i have it or you can get it from emule. you'll need to boot from something besides your floppy drive