Cant Format At Floppy Disc???

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by steveblade_uk, Jul 2, 2005.

  1. steveblade_uk

    steveblade_uk OSNN Junior Addict

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    When I try to format a floppy disc nothing happens? Ive not had need for my floppy disc for quite a while but I want to boot from it to try memtest and cant. Anyone have any Ideas? It reads a disc fine, ive got disc keep 8 installed could it be that??
     
  2. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    How are you trying to format? Through Windows or through command line? Also, what do you mean nothing happens, either you type the command (cmd line) or click OK (Windows) and just nothing responds?
     
  3. steveblade_uk

    steveblade_uk OSNN Junior Addict

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    From windows, it just closes the drop down and highlights what the cursor is now over??
     
  4. steveblade_uk

    steveblade_uk OSNN Junior Addict

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    I just tried to format from the cmd line to, got this error (The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000005). click ok to terminate the applictation.
     
  5. kcnychief

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    Sounds like you have some oddities going on with your machine, do you have the latest Windows and AV updates applied?
     
  6. steveblade_uk

    steveblade_uk OSNN Junior Addict

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    Most definatley, im using mcafee all bang upto date.
     
  7. kcnychief

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    Is the floppy write protected? Check the tab on the disk itself. This more than likely isn't the cause, because you would be getting different errors, but something else to look at.

    Also, try the following...

    • Reboot
    • Run a "chkdsk /f" on all hard drives
    • can you do it in safe mode? Something might be conflicting within Windows...
    What OS are you running?
     
  8. steveblade_uk

    steveblade_uk OSNN Junior Addict

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    If I click on properties for any drive I cant error check that drive, I can defrag only. Im thinking windows might be nackered. Maybe i need to reinstall but thats a dam headache on its own.
     
  9. kcnychief

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    Sounds like you might have lost administrative access, if that is the case you won't be able to format.
     
  10. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    Take the side of the case off & make sure the floppy cables are seated correctly.
     
  11. kcnychief

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    Going by what he said before, in the fact he can read disks, I don't see that being the issue.
     
  12. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    If the light on the drive is constantly on then its not plugged in correctly.
     
  13. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    Yeah, true, but I didn't see him stating that anywhere. Man, I haven't touched these in awhile, but if the light is constantly on doesn't that mean the FDD cable is backwards?
     
  14. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    Ya if its backwards.
     
  15. Son Goku

    Son Goku No lover of dogma

    I've never seen this one before... You're getting an access violation from the format utility when trying to format a floppy Does sound like your install is messed up. What OS is this? Perhaps one of us can send up a copy of the format from our comp, and you can try using that, rather then your own copy (to see if it helps). Can't say it will, and a new Windows install might be necessary.
     
  16. Tyinsar

    Tyinsar of Lurkers'R'us

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    have you checked the bios for r/w access?