My 3½ floppy disk drive won't recognize the disks when I put them in. I had put one in a couple nights ago, and I opened it up and saw all the files and stuff, and then when I went to "format disk" it said it couldn't format the disk because there was something wrong with it (?) and from then on whenever I put a disk in it won't even recognize it or let me click on the disk drive to open the files. It gives me a message that says the disk isn't formatted, do you want to format it now? And if I click yes, then it says the disk isn't in the right form or something and it can't be formatted. I have went through all of my disks and I know it isn't anything to do with the floppy disks... I am wondering what I can do to fix this? I have a Windows 98 hewlett packard pavilion computer. E-mail me at Chittykatt@aol.com or reply to this. Thank you.
Okay, I get how you would go into DOS mode (by going to shut down - restart in msdos mode), but how would you do a dir or format?
When I get into DOS mode what do I do/what do I edit? Thank you any help would be appreciated! I would like to try this soon though so please respond ASAP with what to do in dos mode. Thanks.
Ok, I did what you said, but it came up with the "abort retry fail" message. And then I tried it with some more disks I have that I know have worked before and it came up with the same message. These worked for me up till a couple days ago... I had viewed the contents on one of my floppies, and then when I went to format the disk it came up with a message it couldn't format, and from there on it wouldn't let me even open the disks anymore. Anything else you could suggest or reccommend? Thanks.
Yes, the light lights up and it does make noise as it is trying to open the disk.
Ok I will try the cleaning disk thing.
Buying a new floppy drive - does that mean I would have to take my computer in to get it installed or is it like an inserting thing I could do myself? Because I really don't like sending my computer in to get fixed because its usually gone for like a week or so. But yeah thanks and get back to me.