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 PostPost subject: Floppy Question        Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 12:55 am 
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hi guys

i have a question about floppy disks: can i format a 1.44mb floppy as a 720k floppy disk? the reason I ask is i would like to make backup disks of MS-DOS and Tandy deskmate for my 1000TX

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 12:58 am 
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I think you have to tape over the hole that identifies it to the drive as a high-density disk (the one opposite the write-protect switch) and it should then work, but it is not especially good for the disk and is unreliable for data storage.

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 PostPost subject: Yes...        Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 1:11 am 
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Format it as single sided.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 1:11 am 
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you mean the hole opposite the switch?


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Yes - if you look at a real 720k disk you will see it doesn't have the hole; the hole tells the drive it's an HD floppy. I only suggest this method as I know it's how you do it if you want to make an 800k disk for a Mac out of a 1.44 MB floppy (720k and 800k disks are the same but PCs format as 720k and macs as 800k).

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 1:19 am 
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okay

ill format on xp and and try it

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 1:22 am 
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As I said, it's not good for the disk or for reliable data storage though, you'd be better off finding some real 720k/800k discs if possible.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 1:36 am 
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i have looked. i have 2 720k floppy disks, of which i can't fine either

ill have a drive down to the local junk shop tomorrow and see what they got.

last time i was at that place they had about 100 boxes of sealed 5.25" blank disks in packs of 50 for a buck. they probably have plenty of them.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 4:06 am 
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Iv'e not tried Rented Mules approach to formatting floppies as 720k yet,
but if you try Vista_Ultimate_R2's way, you'll have to use winimage if
you're in XP,...
XP does'nt seem to want to give me the option of formatting floppies as
720k...
I went through all my Dos versions a little while ago, sorting out what
was good & what wasn't & found I couldn't format some 720k disks
unless using winimage...
Win2000 or earlier gave me the option though...

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i think its because microsoft thought xp was to new for that kind of floppy


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 3:04 pm 
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Maybe I am late, but here is the whole story:
http://forum.winimage.com/viewtopic.php?t=3117

Formatting under XP is possible, by using a "direct" method.

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