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ComputerGirl76

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Hi, I have a question about a diskette (the small, hard, squarish kind) that I had been using until a few years ago. Yes, I know, old school - it was all I had at the time, some 8-9 years ago. Anyway, I like to dabble in creative writing now and then and I would write something, maybe a page or two long (or just a paragraph or two) and save it to said diskette. Well, one day I put the diskette in the drive and tried to open one of many many many saved files on there only for my old desktop, a Dell, to tell me that the diskette was not formatted, and do I want to format it? I was so shocked and very upset as you may imagine. I was like, "What the...? NO! I don't want to format it!" Does this mean that all the information on the diskette is gone? Or is it still there somewhere and, if so, is there a way to retrieve it? I got no message saying it was corrupted and I researched this a little and read that if I format it that the info will still be there just rearranged somehow. Is this true, I wasn't sure I believed it and therefor never formatted it.

My desktop runs Windows XP if that helps. Sorry I don't remember what other specs I'm supposed to supply for you. :blush:
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Your 3.5" floppy Disk drive may had done it's time, I would suggest you try the said diskette in another floppy that you may know works good to see if your diskette can be read there.

If you format the diskette you will erase the data on it and only with a program to retrieve deleted files may you find (no guarantee) your files again.

If your 3.5" floppy disk drive is finally good and your diskette as been damage another option is to use a program to read the said idskette and try to see if it can find your files on it before you format it.

Try this free program http://www.piriform.com/recuva


Hope that helps
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Thanks. I'm actually on my laptop now but the next time I'm on my desktop I'll give that program a try.
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Floppy disks are not reliable. I'd use a CD burner instead. Just don't close the CD after each session and you'll be ok.
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