SpidersWeb wrote:First of all check that your disks are:
a) high density
b) there is no crud or marks on the disk surface (old media that's been exposed to moisture often grows stuff)
If they are not high density 1.2Mb diskettes, and are actually 360KB double density - then you can try "FORMAT B: /F:360" or "FORMAT B: /9".
(Change B: to A: if required).
Running the cleaning disk again wouldn't hurt - make sure to use isopropyl alcohol (or equivilent) on the surface - I've found using them dry does not have the desired effect. The seeking of the head backwards and forwards is because DOS is finding errors and goes back to record each one it finds - a successful format should just step forward one by one until it finishes.
RonTurner wrote:Its frustrating when things don't work isn't it ! They are definitely HD disks, you can only be sure these disks are working by trying them in a working
Disk Drive, they can look brand new and be defective.
1. If you haven't cleaned the R/W head with I.P.A. then dont waste your time proceeding any further, just give it up and dont waste any more time !
DO NOT REACH FOR THE METHS AND TELL US LATER " THE DRIVE DON'T WORK NO MORE BECAUSE I BUGGERED IT WITH METHS " !!!!
2. Take that SD memory card thats jacking up the spring (thats there to hold the R/W head on the disk surface) and get rid of it !
if one was meant to be there Shugart would have put one in the patent ! its impossible that lifting the R/W head away from
the disk surface will improve performance, just impossible !!!!
3. Google the serial number on the Drive to make sure its HD (or make sure any jumpers are set correctly)
4. Check to see that the correct options are set in the BIOS.
5. Check cable is correct floppy cable (with twist ?)
6. Try a new box of floppies (http://www.floppydisk.com)
Remember Don't Proceed without the I.P.A step first
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