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Scott Summers
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:24 pm:   

I've had a PS/1 386 of some sort for a long time. It appears to have a 1.44 MB disk drive, however it formats disks as 720kb. That, however, is not the problem. I have a LARGE amount of now 720kb disks that I need to read info from on my new Celeron, but it can't seem to. It keeps asking to format the disks, but they are formatted and work fine on my PS/1. I'm running Win98 on the new machine. Is there any way the Celeron can read the old disks, without reformatting them?
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:24 pm:   

Keep in mind that 3.5 inch disks have the same physical properties,(720k and 1.44 Meg) with the exception of a hole in the corner. Real IBM drives will format the disk to 1.44 meg regardless of the hole is there or not. A "clone" drive will not be able to read the 1.44 meg disk without the hole in it. Remember the little disk punchers?
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:24 pm:   

Scott, on a startup, hit delete and go to setup. in the standard
CMOS setup, go to the floppy drive and hi lite the drive A and then
go page up or page down. That will show you if you can change your
floppy drive to 720 KB. If it can be, it will show there. Leave
720 in position and go to save settings and exit. When it exits
CMOS and continues to load, you will now have a 720 floppy drive.
At this point, I'd put these floppies on the hard drive and then
reset the drive back to 144 and put the data on new disk.
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:24 pm:   

Try looking into the system bios and seeing what you've got the floppy drive set at. Make sure it's set at 1.44meg floppy. That will keep it from happening in the future. Then, in your celeron system, try lowering the 1.44meg floppy to a 720k. This may not work because your floppy drive may not support it, but I figure it's worth a shot.

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