Formatting floppy diskettes in Windows 10

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Re: Formatting floppy diskettes in Windows 10

Post by brainout » 12 Feb 2018, 00:52

Sure you can do it, they lie. I bought an external floppy drive for $5 at Amazon, plugged it into Win10 and it formatted just fine. It offers to format when you put the disk in.

But I stopped using Win10 a year ago. Even so, can't imagine it would have cancelled that feature. You should still be able to format a: from the command line.

Re: Formatting floppy diskettes in Windows 10

Post by DenverEd » 09 Feb 2018, 18:36

Format Floppy Disk with Windows 10:

With my Mitsumi USB Floppy Drive, I can read my 3.5" floppy disks, delete files, create files, but I cannot FORMAT a disk to remove any sensitive data. Tech Support at MicroCenter says there is no way to format in Windows 10.

Does anyone know of a way to get a FORMAT to work?

Re: Formatting floppy diskettes in Windows 10

Post by brainout » 07 Nov 2015, 21:16

Okay, thanks. MSFT did say they removed functionality, but clearly they didn't or did and now are returning it. Too many businesses which are over 30 years old need it.

hupostasis wrote:Update: the internal floppy diskette drive is now working on Windows 10. No rhyme or reason, it just started working. But it could also stop working again like a lot of software on my computer.

It should have just worked in the first place out of the box...

Re: Formatting floppy diskettes in Windows 10

Post by hupostasis » 07 Nov 2015, 20:17

Update: the internal floppy diskette drive is now working on Windows 10. No rhyme or reason, it just started working. But it could also stop working again like a lot of software on my computer.

It should have just worked in the first place out of the box...

Re: Formatting floppy diskettes in Windows 10

Post by brainout » 01 Nov 2015, 00:19

Okay, thanks for the info. So then the removal of functionality maybe only applies to machines which still have inbuilt floppies. Even so, there are a million reasons to avoid Win10 like the plague, so this is just one more.

Re: Formatting floppy diskettes in Windows 10

Post by hupostasis » 01 Nov 2015, 00:02

The machine in question is a Dell Optiplex from around 2006 / 2007. The internal Floppy Drive (not an external USB one) worked fine under Windows 7, but the functionality has been completely broken under Windows 10.

Not a big deal since any Windows beyond W2K is generally poor at writing diskettes, but if someone only has [one] computer to write diskettes that has Windows 10, then they're going to be in a pickle.

Re: Formatting floppy diskettes in Windows 10

Post by brainout » 15 Oct 2015, 12:27

Well, maybe the new build is bad, but I didn't have trouble with build 10240 which activated. I plugged in a D630 internal floppy bay (I use them as external floppy drives, plug and play for all my machines) -- and it worked fine. But I didn't extensively test. We're talking 3.5" floppies, right? And all my hardware is 2012 or prior, so maybe that's a factor. The Win10 is on a Dell Latitude 6510 i5 4GB, and the Win10 is 64-bit. But again, I didn't test the files extensively, just plugged in and the files were readable.

Formatting floppy diskettes in Windows 10

Post by hupostasis » 15 Oct 2015, 03:19

There seems to be a problem in Windows 10 when formatting floppy disks. Explorer.exe completely resets itself disallowing a format to any write or non-write protected diskette. It doesn't even attempt to try.

Another oddity is that I couldn't get Windows 10 to read any diskettes that had [good] data on them. And sometimes Windows 10 seeks the floppy drive for no reason at random intervals throughout the day. Go figure.

I don't know of any solution to get around this. I am also not sure if virtual floppy drives are affected as well. The best option would be just to use an older version of Windows to format your diskettes.

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