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Can I Get Information Off An Old Floppy Disk?

Monday, March 3rd, 2014 by | Filed Under: Hardware & Peripherals, Quick Tips

Helen from Morrisville, PA writes:

Is there any possible way to get information from an old 3 1/2″ disk?

It’s possible. You’d need to purchase an external floppy drive that’s compatible with your computer.

Your disk will also still need to be in good enough shape to be read, which can be an issue, since they have a limited life span.

The other challenge is that the data you wish to retrieve must be in a format that’s readable by your current system. For basic text and image files like jpg or tiff, you should be fine. But if the information was saved in a format that’s proprietary to a particular program, you may have an issue. If you only have one disk that from which you need to retrieve data, you might consider checking with a computer store to see if they offer that service. They may be able to retrieve your data for you for a fee.

Good luck!

~ Cynthia



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One Response to “Can I Get Information Off An Old Floppy Disk?”

  1. Sean says:

    I’ve purchased one of those, handy for reading/writing to old school floppy disks, trick is (for me at least), it only works in my virtual PC Windows XP Mode program. for whatever reason my Win 7 Pro doesn’t ‘acknowledge’ the floppy disk, or at least it doesn’t ‘work’ as an “A:\” drive… it “sees” it, makes a desktop icon, but as far as >clicking< on it to open the window, it freezes the computer for about a min., so it doesn't actually "work" in a Windows 7 environment, and I couldn't get it to rename the drive letter to 'B:\'. But I can do all thee 'tricks' in my Virtual PC Windows XP Mode, XP Mode doesn't read it as an A:\ drive either but I can relabel it as a B:\ drive and then it works just fine. you can also read your other drives as a 'network' connection so your C:\ Windows 7 in Windows XP mode, DVD drives ect. So to copy or move files to and from the HD's to the FD, vice versa…

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