Do you have another computer to try reading the floppy on? (Maybe even the one that created it? )
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lynn: when you start up your comp hold down the esc key or the del key to bring up the bios ;
under the options menu make sure that the FDc floppy drive controller is still enabled
if not enable it then f-10 - y -restart and when it restarts part of the sequence should be to find the floppy . you will notice the light come on then go off , as windows starts ....try that and ill check back
Just so happens that my daughter just ran into the same problem. She just completed a school assignment and saved it to a floppy. Now she can't get it to open. We have tried to open it on three different computers. No luck.
She is taking the floppy to a local computer expert to see if he can do something.
Lynn noodle around on the net like at cnet you will find data recovery programs to down load. Some of them are trial versions that will recover the data then you buy a key to release the data. some trial versions will recover data up to a certain file size free of charge and then you pay if your file is larger.
I have used some with a great deal of sucess even on defective cdrs.
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I bought a whole box of 50 & all were defective but 12.Look on the bright side,You could have just had a critical hard drive mechanical failure that shorted your power supply & took out your mother board too.The plus to that is I got to build myself a new machine @ 2.6 gig cpu.I am still working through a few bugs though have fun I know I will!