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Floppy Disk Maintenance

Floppy Disk Maintenance

Here’s one for those of you who still use floppy disks! As you probably know, after awhile, floppies can become damaged or corrupted. That’s especially true if you don’t have a case or something to protect them with. The shutter on the disk, along with the ribbon and some of the other components, may become damaged, which can cause the disk to stop working properly. It can also cause errors on the disk. Luckily, there are some things you can do to see what’s going on with your floppy disk before it gets any worse.

The Disk Error Check will check your floppy for errors, the Defragment feature will make it easy and faster to access your files and the Formatting function will help clear up some of your available space. By performing all of these procedures on a regular basis, you will be able to get a lot more life out of your floppy disk. Here’s how!

Disk Error Check

To check for errors on one of your floppy disks, put it into your floppy disk drive and double click on the My Computer icon on your desktop. Once you get there, right click on the 3.5 Floppy (A:) disk drive and select Properties. Click on the Tools tab and then click Check Now.

A little window will pop up with a few choices for you: “Check Disk 3.5 Floppy for Disk Options,” “Check Both the Automatically Fix File System Errors” and “Scan for and Attempt Recovery of Bad Sector Boxes.” Once you’ve made your choice, just click the Start button. There are four phases the disk checker goes through to give you complete and accurate results.


If you have a new floppy disk that is showing up as a full disk or an older disk and it has no available space, you need to reformat it. To do so, go back to the 3.5 Floppy (A:) disk drive icon and right click it. Next, go to Format and the Format 3.5 Floppy A: window will come up. You can leave everything as it is, except for the Format Options. In that section, click Quick Format and then press Start. A caution window will come up, stating that reformatting the disk will erase all of your data. Go ahead and click Yes or OK to that. When the reformat is done, you will receive a Format Complete window, telling you that the formatting process is complete. Simply press OK to close it out.


The Defragment tools will make it easy and faster for you to access the files on your floppy disk by rearranging them and saving the data in a color coded method. Again, go back to the 3.5 Floppy (A:) disk drive icon, right click on it and choose Properties. Next, click the Tools tab and then click Defragment Now. The Disk Defragmenter window will come up for you. From there, click on the (A :) choice, if it’s not already selected. Then click on the Analyze button and give it a few seconds to run through its scan. A report will then come up for you and you can View, Print or Save the results. The report will show you the exact files and data that are going to be moved. Once you’re done looking over the results, click Close and on the Disk Defragmenter window, click Defragment After the Defragmentation process is done, a final report will come up, showing you exactly how much space and files have been compressed. You can either View, Print or Save the results for future reference as well.

The next time your floppy disk takes all day to pull up your files and data, it shows a full disk that should have some available space or it appears to be corrupt, try one these methods to get more out of your floppy disk and correct the problem. I hope this has been helpful to you!

~ Tweety Dimes