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Will not format floppie


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b1caez01

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This is a first for me...and I am an old hand at computers [over 10 yrs] but not a programmer, just a wannabe techie, bummer :help:

Bought a new box of floppies...the usual...FAT 32 formatted out of the box...they won't format to NT from the W-XP command line...maybe they are not supposed to, is that it?

XP formatting will kill a good floppie for any other uses, but this won't even get started!

The format begins, starts at the 0% level, then shuts down and the command pop-up disappears as if nothing happened...and it didn't... Is it because it is already formatted?

What's up :whistling: :blink:

Any ideas?

I can still save XP files to the disk, but just cannot format it...

Edited by b1caez01, 17 September 2006 - 06:32 PM.

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Are you doing quick format or full format? Some of the Diskettes, you have to full formatted.
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Floppy disks do not format to FAT32 or NTFS, they use FAT12. There is no support in XP for floppies formatted in any other capacity, short of 720k which nobody uses anyway.
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Aware of the FAT12 issue...

They must format to FAT32, because that is what they are reporting to be...and always have been.

I have not had to buy any floppies for my XP-NT prior to the last box. Both were FAT32 but after I had used that other box, and tried to go back to load FAT32 files on it...it was reporting itself as damaged goods...useless.

Coming to this formum with the problem, I find that once NT gets it mitts on a floppie it is dead in the eyes of anything that needs FAT32. That proved to be the case...I could only ever load my XP-NT files on it.

I was just curious about the issure...ever the learner.
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