bad floppy

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    bad floppy

    I have a quick question... I have an old floppy that went bad with some files on it... is there any way to get them back, like some software or something? If you have any links to software (free/share) that would be great...
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    define "went bad". Could it be a mechanical failure with the disk? Can you remove the floppy disk part and put it in another casing? (doubt it, but maybe)

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    went bad = data corruption
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    hmm... if the data is corrupt... chances are that if you CAN get to it, it won't be in a recognizable format.

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    >>hmm... if the data is corrupt... chances are that if you CAN get to it, it won't be in a recognizable format.

    i know... I was looking for a semi-low-level type thing... I was kinda expecting to see something like opening a word document in a text editor... something I can salvage at least some of...
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    Various low-level tools could well be able to read random sectors from the disk, but you'd have to do some (or a lot of) work yourself reassembing documents.

    Basically you want to try and do a sector by sector copy to anothe disk, for as many good sectors as you can manage. For this to work, you need to recover the FAT table which shows where all the files are stored. Without this, things will be trickier.
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    how would I do that?
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    Well I'd STFW
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    tried that... but there's this little issue: http://www.jufsoft.com/images/lbbuynow.gif
    too close to christmas... no money to spare for now

    the first link does have some freeware though... I'll look into it... thanks...
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    next time format your floppies before putting anything important on them...just a little advice
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    Originally posted by Waldo2k2
    next time format your floppies before putting anything important on them...just a little advice
    And as a computer user, make backups.

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    Better advise: Trash all your floppies and move to USB Flash Memory sticks. Solid state device that isn't effected (as much) but the normal environment.

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    Originally posted by Thantos
    Better advise: Trash all your floppies and move to USB Flash Memory sticks. Solid state device that isn't effected (as much) but the normal environment.
    that would be great if i didn't have to install a driver on a computer i have (pretty much) no privelages on...

    the floppy was formatted
    it was kept in the school... in a locked file cabinet... with the rest of the class' floppies...
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    What old ass OS is your school using then? Anything above 98 should not require any additional drivers.

    After having two floppies go corrupt on me I said to hell with them and haven't had any problems since.

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