Floppy and USB flashdrive reading problem

Discussion in 'Windows XP Hardware' started by Al, Jul 16, 2003.

  1. Al

    Al Guest

    When I try to read from either of these drives i get an
    error message saying 'this disk is not formatted - do you
    want to format it now'. I don't want to format these
    drives, but even when i tried to use drive a: to format a
    blank floppy i received another message saying the format
    could not be completed. Operating system is windows XP.
    Device manager reports that the drives are functioning
    correctly.

    Funnily, if I format the floppy as an MS DOS startup disk
    the format does complete. I am able to reboot using this
    floppy. At the a: prompt I can now read the floppies
    that I couldn't read in windows xp.

    In the 'My Computer' folder I have icons for another four
    or five removable drives, when I double click any of the
    these I get the very same error message.

    (I don't know if it's a related problem but while I can
    read from and write to the hard drive I cannot run
    defrag.)

    I've seen a number of similar problems posted - but no
    solutions. Can anyone help?

    Al
     
    Al, Jul 16, 2003
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