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Posted: 9/7/2004 7:14:18 AM EST
My hard drive blew a gasket yesterday and had to be completely re-configured from scratch. Techs from Sony helped me do this. I lost a bunch of work-related stuff (spreadsheets), but the most vital of which I had backed up to a floppy. Problem is, I now cannot get the computer to read the floppy, to copy the material on it to my hard-drive, or to copy it to a CD. I put a CD in the CD drive and attempt to copy the floppy data to the CD and the computer keeps telling me to insert a CD into the drive (it's in there already).

If what I am posting makes any sense, any help in resolving this matter would be much appreciated, as I cannot do sheeit without that spreadsheet.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:16:50 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:17:48 AM EST
Save the file to your hard drive.
e-mail it to your work account.
re-install the drivers for your cd burner.
As a backup burn the file to the cd from the hard drive.
The disk may have partially burned and closed the session making it a frisbee.
Try another disk but trust me you should save it to the hard drive first, much faster to burn to a CD.
Good luck.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:17:50 AM EST
Why are you copying from the floppy to the CD?


Many computers can't handle writing directly to a CD.

Copy the files to the hard drive 1st, then burn to CD if you need to.

Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:19:53 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/7/2004 7:20:24 AM EST by Wobblin-Goblin]
Guys, I can't even read the floppy. The computer won't let me. I can't get it to copy from the floppy to the HD either.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:21:38 AM EST
I put the floppy in the drive, it shows the spreadsheet exists, but when I click on it to either read it or copy it to HD, it won't do it.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:21:49 AM EST
The floppy disk is toast.

They don't make `em like they used to.

Scott
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:23:43 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/7/2004 7:25:11 AM EST by sonofbp]

Originally Posted By Wobblin-Goblin:
Guys, I can't even read the floppy. The computer won't let me. I can't get it to copy from the floppy to the HD either.



Did you reinstall your Office program?
Like Outlook, MS Word, Excel, and Power Point?
Have you rebooted since working with the techs to restore your PC?
Did you format the hard drive or do a repair install of you OS?
If you just did a repair you may be able to recover you documents.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:24:08 AM EST
Tried copying it again. It says the computer cannot read the source file or disc.

I'm sure the floppy is fine. It's what I've used all summer.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:24:23 AM EST
Try to save something else to a different blank floppy to see if it's the drive itself or your "backup disk".

If you still can't even save to a different floppy, something is wrong with your drive. (Take it to work and email it to your home address)

If you can save to a different floppy, something is wrong with your backup floppy and you are likely out of luck.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:26:09 AM EST
The floppy disk may be bad. Can you read it in another computer?
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:26:32 AM EST

Originally Posted By Wobblin-Goblin:
Tried copying it again. It says the computer cannot read the source file or disc.

I'm sure the floppy is fine. It's what I've used all summer.




Floppies wear, and they are made pretty cheaply now.

Get a memory stick.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:27:37 AM EST
I'll never use a floppy disk again.

I didn't even install a floppy drive in my pc when I built it.

Blank cds are cheaper, faster to read, faster to write, and more reliable.

Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:28:33 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/7/2004 7:29:48 AM EST by sonofbp]

Originally Posted By Wobblin-Goblin:
Tried copying it again. It says the computer cannot read the source file or disc.

I'm sure the floppy is fine. It's what I've used all summer.



Disk is toast.
If you use XP and did a repair installation or a restoration then:
go to start>search>all files/folders>advanced search options select hidden files and foleders/subfolders/system folders>type ".xls" without the quotes in the search field and search your hard drive for all Excel files.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:30:02 AM EST
I would take your floppy to another computer, and see if you can read it, if you can't read from the 2nd computer, then your floppy is bad. Floppies are so cheaply made today, that it won't take too many R/Ws before they develop an IO error.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:30:50 AM EST
Are there people out there (mom and pop computer stores) who can retrieve data from "bad" floppies?
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:31:46 AM EST

Originally Posted By Wobblin-Goblin:

Are there people out there (mom and pop computer stores) who can retrieve data from "bad" floppies?




$$$


you could try getting Norton utilities and do it yourself
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:32:06 AM EST

Originally Posted By Wobblin-Goblin:
Tried copying it again. It says the computer cannot read the source file or disc.

I'm sure the floppy is fine. It's what I've used all summer.



That "cannot read the source file or disc" doesn't sound good. Confirm your floppy is good on another machine.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:33:36 AM EST

Originally Posted By Wobblin-Goblin:
Are there people out there (mom and pop computer stores) who can retrieve data from "bad" floppies?



There is a decent program out there called "Easy Recovery Proffesional." I've used it to recover data from bad floppies.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:34:58 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/7/2004 7:37:14 AM EST by Scottman]
The floppy disk is toast.
Get one of these:


"Jump Drive."
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:36:54 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/7/2004 7:40:42 AM EST by Bert_MN]
Never mind... it only prevent from writing to disk
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:37:00 AM EST
try removing the floppy and reinstalling it from device manger?

by no means am i a computer expert so do this at your own risk.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:38:37 AM EST

Originally Posted By Bert_MN:


Is the floppy disk locked? There is a little plastic piece that would prevent you from writing or retrieving data from it if it is locked. Should be in the upper left hand corner, looking at the back of the floppy.



WRONG.

The lock only prevents writing to the disk, not reading.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:38:57 AM EST

Originally Posted By Bert_MN:
There is a little plastic piece that would prevent you from writing or retrieving data from it if it is locked.



Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:40:25 AM EST
Try the floppy on ANOTHER computer.

Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:57:58 AM EST
I just got back from a computer wiz store. The guy confirms that the floppy is bad. He said I was out of luck. After pressing the issue, he said he would try to retrieve the spreadsheet with a special program or something.

I am so fucking upset right now you guys have no idea.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 8:51:38 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/7/2004 8:52:02 AM EST by SpentCasing]
Don't use floppies to store important data from now on. I've seen to many floppies go bad.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 8:57:51 AM EST

Originally Posted By Wobblin-Goblin:
I just got back from a computer wiz store. The guy confirms that the floppy is bad. He said I was out of luck. After pressing the issue, he said he would try to retrieve the spreadsheet with a special program or something.

I am so fucking upset right now you guys have no idea.



I have gotten files off of a bad floppy before, and I've had one or two that you couldn't get it back.
It's a guessing game as to whether this guy can get it back for you or not.
Keep your fingers crossed and good luck.

Try not to get too upset, it could have been worse. At least you didn't have to replace any expensive parts.
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