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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by redcupratd, Jan 19, 2006.

  1. redcupratd

    redcupratd New Member

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    Hi quick question
    if a floppy was formatted using an eariler version of windows would windows xp be able to read stored data?
     
  2. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    "Floppy Disk"? - Whats one of them then? - :p

    More seriously though, yes, it should be able to, but my past experiences with XP and Floppies is that XP can be very temperamental.

    Some XP PC's will read the disk others will just say that it needs formatting.

    8)
     
  3. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Hi,

    Don't know if I have read your question the Comptia way but if you mean will XP read a floppy that has been formated, then no.

    If you mean will it read an older File system, then in theory yes......
     
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  4. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

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    If it was formatted for FAT16, FAT32, or NTFS, then yes...an XP machine is fine.
     
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  5. Modey

    Modey Terabyte Poster

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    I could be wrong here, but I think you can only format a floppy to FAT16 no matter what version of windows you are using. So yes it should read it.
     
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  6. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

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    You are nearly right Modey.

    *All* floppies are formatted with the FAT12 file system.

    More info here http://www.pcguide.com/ref/fdd/formatFile-c.html
     
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