Floppy Disk Drives

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How do you change a hard disk drive?

  • Power down PC, unplug power. Open the PC, determine type of hard drive connection, most likely IDE. Buy similar drive.
  • If your old hard drive is bad, remove old HD (need screwdriver). There should be a diagram on both hard drives showing where to place the jumper. Look at this and then place the jumpers on the hard drive, matching the new one to the old one (usually located in the back by the ide/sata and power plugs) to match the diagram. Cable select is usually the right choice especially if there is only one drive on a cable with only one connector at each end.
  • Recomended drive: 7200 RPM or greater, 2MB Cache or better
  • Make sure you get the same type hard drive - PATA (IDE) or SATA - as you old one, unless your motherboard does both.
  • While your case is open, blow out the dust. It improves circulation and can add to the life of your computer. Also make sure all the fans are working. Leave the case side open and turn it on without touching the inside. All the fans should come on, assuming you have a name brand computer (read: bottom-line for company) without thermostat controlled fans.
  • The first part is a matter of cloning the hard drive (assuming you are not just moving the disk from one computer to another). Otherwise the process is known as a repair installation where you will need the bootable CD with the OS to fix the old hard drive so it works in it's new home hardware.
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Are floppy disks still being made?

Yes they are.

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How can you save a relationship at its low point?

Forgiveness.Nothing is heathier for ones mental, spiritual, and physical being. All can be forgiven in the name of love. Kids are pure and forgive, they also pick up more than many would believe. Forgiveness is apart of the christian religion, it is the biggest part that many people screw up because of false pride. Self service can blind somebody into a life of empty encounters winding up alone. The one that got away happens alot when we throw love we have before us, replacing it with a quick fix. honesty.tell the person how you really feel. Try to find several different solutions that may help the relationship and ask the other person if they think the solutions would work. Just make sure both people know that the relationship is at a low point because i know from a previous relationship the guy was not honest and lead me on to think everything was great when it wasnt.

Good luck

CommunicationCommunication is the key to saving a relationship. IF you constantly fight and argue all the time you are both not listening to each other at all. You both have to sit down and really talk about the flaws in your relationship. There can't be any communication if you both are just hearing each other's voices all the time. Arguing is like competing for the upper hand. No one has the upper hand in a relationship its a 50/50 compromise. So both of you need to stop and sit down. Get a coffee, or go to a restaurant and talk to the other person. Make them realize why you liked each other in the first place

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  • First ask yourself whether it's worth trying. The concept that a relationship should last a lifetime, or at least as long as possible, is badly outdated. If a split won't cause any particular suffering to anyone (like your kids), and you can find new partners without too much trouble or you'd rather be alone than in a bad relationship, split.

    If you want to safe it just because of the MEMORIES how it once was and there's no reasonable chance to make it so again, you should keep and treasure those but move on making new ones.

  • WHY is it at a low point? Can you remove those reasons, and at what prize? Or are the reasons temporary and will resolve by themselves? Your question indicates hope for a new peak if you can just survive the dump. Is it justified?
  • Maybe you can turn the relationship into friendship? A friendship may actually be more valuable for both of you, especially right now, since you need a good friend at a time like this...You may actually fall in love again!
  • I am wondering this same thing. I think that it is something that one can not control. A person can not predict the future. Communication is always key, I think. Though if only one person wants the communication part, then it's over, and you just have to accept it.
  • Usually you can. It takes a lot of communication, work, and sacrifice though. Always make sure you're completely honest and open. Tell them EVERYTHING.
  • All relationships can be saved as long as change can take place. It is because of self that most relationships deteriorate. Relationship requires two different people with different likes and desires getting along for the common good while going through the time line of life. It is usually when one person in the relationship thinks like a single person that trouble arises. All of us are naturally self oriented. Putting self down and the other person first is the beginning of the cure to the trouble. Love is the motivator and self will the engine that fuel change. After 32 years of marriage I can speak on these things in truth. What may seem like a little thing to you may be a big thing to her. Just because it is not big to you does not immediately reduce it in her eyes. Do not procrastinate in trying to please on the little things, just do them. Now we get to the hard part--you and change. Here is where the third party in a marriage is vital. His name is Jesus and he says to husbands "Love your wives as I have loved the Church." Ephesians 5:24-25

    He can change you from self serving to selflessness. It may take a while but the more you try to become a Godly man the easier it will become. She really wants a Godly,caring man in her life. Their are too many men out there that do not do our gender credit. Their eyes full of porn, bellies full of beer, TV full of meaningless sports and ears full of crude jokes. No wonder women are disgusted with these leaderless blowhards. Men of America! Turn your path around! Go back to church! Start thanking God for your wife and children. Ask God to change you! He will! Wonderful things await you if only you act!

  • The key to this is. When things are at the lowest, over communicating is harsh. I know that sounds funny... but you can actually be trying tooo hard to be loving. And that can actually be hurting the relationship when things are at their lowest. Take it easy. Don't try too hard. When you do sit down to talk, when things start to get aggresive, back off. Don't push too hard. Resentment is one of the number one keys to issues. Let nature take its course. Of course counseling is helpful too.. but dont rush things, sometimes things have a way of working themselves out, if we just LET them.

Try getting closer to the person... going out to dinner inviting him/her over to hang out go to the basics that got you in the relationship

I also think sometimes you need to decide if the problem is worth fixing. Are you just having trouble in the relationship? Or is there genuinely nothing left? Sometimes people just grow apart..

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What is a displaced disk?

A blisterlike bulging or protrusion of the contents of the disk out through the fibers that normally hold them in place

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What is the purpose in a floppy drive?

data storage

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What is low-level formatting?

Low-level formatting is the process of outlining the positions of the tracks and sectors on the hard disk, and writing the control structures that define where the tracks and sectors are. This is often called a "true" formatting operation, because it really creates the physical format that defines where the data is stored on the disk. The first time that a low-level format ("LLF") is performed on a hard disk, the disk's platters start out empty. That's the last time the platters will be empty for the life of the drive. If an LLF is done on a disk with data on it already, the data is permanently erased (save heroic data recovery measures which are sometimes possible).

If you've explored other areas of this material describing hard disks, you have learned that modern hard disks are much more precisely designed and built, and much more complicated than older disks. Older disks had the same number of sectors per track, and did not use dedicated controllers. It was necessary for the external controller to do the low-level format, and quite easy to describe the geometry of the drive to the controller so it could do the LLF. Newer disks use many complex internal structures, including zoned bit recording to put more sectors on the outer tracks than the inner ones, and embedded servo data to control the head actuator. They also transparently map out bad sectors. Due to this complexity, all modern hard disks are low-level formatted at the factory for the life of the drive. There's no way for the PC to do an LLF on a modern IDE/ATA or SCSI hard disk, and there's no reason to try to do so.

Older drives needed to be re-low-level-formatted occasionally because of the thermal expansion problems associated with using stepper motor actuators. Over time, the tracks on the platters would move relative to where the heads expected them to be, and errors would result. These could be corrected by doing a low-level format, rewriting the tracks in the new positions that the stepper motor moved the heads to. This is totally unnecessary with modern voice-coil-actuated hard disks.

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  • The only time you could low level format a new voice coil hard drive if it you would have bad sector that are not being taken care by the hard disk logic. Most of the time you will have a utility to do this task that comes from the manufacturer of the drive and it will not work with any other brand. Maxtor and late quantum has a utility called Max blast plus and power max and others. They are used to diagnostic but also to fix at the low level.
  • Those utilities can many times restore an unstable drive by reformatting at the low level and blocking out bad sector. Of course if the RLL (magnetic data) is low because the read write hardware is defective it will do no good. If the surface was damaged it could give the drive a new life.
  • There is also an application called Spinrite (by Steve Gibson) It's not a low level format in itself but it reads and rewrites the data (at the low level) while analyzing the disk. Spinrite is over 17 years old and has been updated to the new technology ever since version 1 (current version is 6). I's a very respected software by all the hard disk service technician around the world. Steeve Gibson is one (if not the best) of the best hard disk low level white hat hacker in the world.
  • No software of any sort can truly low-level format today's modern drives. The ability to low-level format hard drives was lost back in the early 1990's when disc surfaces began incorporating factory written "embedded servo data". If you have a very old drive that can truly be low-level reformatted, SpinRite v5.0 will do that for you ( But this is only possible on very old non-servo based MFM and RLL drives with capacities up to a few hundred megabytes. You can still read and write from that "so called" low level but not in the same way it was original;y possible then with old drives.
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How many floppy disks dose a CD-ROM hold?

It depends on a few factors.

The size of floppy disk and the size of the CD-ROM.

Floppy disks aren't use very much today, however the latest and most common generation of floppy disks was the 3.5 inch variety with a capacity of 1.44 megabytes of storage. There was a rare 2.88 capacity disk, however for this answer I will refer to the common 1.44MB disk.

CD-ROM's are typically 680 megabytes. There are some CDs that hold 700MB, but again the typical disk is 680MB. Mathematically, this yields 472 floppies per CD. Differences in file sizes and/or block space may shift this slightly.

It's safe to say that a CD can hold 450-470 floppies.

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Who first used the inverted tunnel format?

Jen-tai
A brave warrior KNIGHT

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Why can't you 'write protect' your hard disk like you can with a floppy disk?

Buy a internal SATA hard drive and an external enclosure like an Antec. Makre sure your motherboard has eSATA capability. This provides all the storage capacity of an internal drive but it sits outside of the case and has a power switch to turn the drive off if you suspect any virus problems.

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Can files saved on disk be accessed by hard-drive?

Do you mean like a floppy disk, a CD, or a ZIP disk?

You should be able to access them unless the files are protected in some way or if the files are corrupted.

Does this help? If not, try re-posting your question with a more detailed description of what you want to know.

Files downloaded to a hard drive remain on the hard drive of that computer, even if they are subsequently loaded on a CD or floppy disc. If that disc or floppy is opened using a separate computer, the information on the disc is read without involving the hard drive of the computer. No information from the disc is placed on the hard drive of the second computer unless saved to it.

yes.

you need some sort of interface, called an operating system to arbitrate the exchange of information. ex in dos: copy a:/ c:/

The simple thing to remember a disk,a floppy,a hard disk,DVD,CD,etc are all just storage devices.

If something is "copyed" from hard disk to floppy disk then there will be the same data on both.If its "cut" from one and "pasted" to the other then the data will be on the one its pasted to and not on the one "cut" from.

In order to access this data an operating system will be needed to read it.If the data was encrypted then the encryption software used will also be needed to decrypt the data again on the computer you are trying to read it.

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How are data files saved on floppy disks?

Put a floppy disk in the drive. With Windows, go to file save as, then go to the drop down box. At the top of that box, go the 3 1/2 floppy and save it.

it is done by a reading light that passes over dints in the disk which is allocated inside the platic cover which forms the binery cod 1 and 0 forming data blocks form the code, e.g

110110010111011101101

thanks boris

The answer above is refering in principle to how CD's work - NOT floppies. Floppy disks store binary data as a series of magnetic dots on the surface of the disk and are written to / read from by a voice coil (electro-magnet).

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Can files saved onto floppy disk only be accessed by other users without the disk?

Short answer to this. No, the data can't magically jump from one computer to another (providing the computer's aren't networked. If they were however, it would be unlikely the files would be stored on floppy)

short answer: no, not normally. long answer: maybe. if the file has a backup copy written on the harddrive somewhere, and someone knows where to look, then, yes.

take the screws off and throw a bucket of water on top of it and then get a blow dryer and dry i did that and now iam in hospitel and pepol are feeding me ice cream and chocolate EVERY MINIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The files cannot be accessed unless they are stored somewhere else on the system or they are in temporary files. in short; no.

NO.

In fact, your question has a false answer. Files saved onto a floppy disk cannot be accessed from the disk unless the user uses the disk in the computer. The only way to access the same files without a disk is to have a backup on another disk, hard drive, or other medium.

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Who discovered floppy disc?

Nobody discovered the floppy disk. Alan Field Shugart working at IBM on the System/370 project invented them in 1970 as a means of storing microcode for loading into writable control store during µIPL (microcode initial program load). Shugart's original floppy, as used on the System/370, was an 8 inch single sided disk with a capacity of 80,000 bytes. The System/370 treated them as read only disks. They were not intended to have a long usage life as they would only be in the drive for a few minutes a day for µIPL and then be returned to the storage sleeve.

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How can you erase data from a jaz disk?

It depends on how badly you want the data erased and whether or not you want to reuse the disk.

Your Operating System has a command that will "delete" files, but they will still exist on the disk in a recoverable form. The command might be "rm" or "del", depending on what OS you are using.

You can also use "secure delete" utilities like BestCrypt's bcwipe or eraser, which will overrite the data many times. Search the internet for "Gutman" and "secure delete" for more products.

If you REALLY want the data GONE, a blowtorch is very reliable. So is a hammer. Especially if you dispose of the resulting pieces in different dumpsters.

Good luck.

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Magnets destroy floppy disks what else destroys it?

Floppy disks are made of materials that degrade with time. Material degradation include cracks and chemical changes such as oxidation.

Physical force will break a floppy disk.

Heat will melt the disk or hasten oxidation of the material.

Spilling something on a disk creates a coating that can alter the physical movement of the disk.

Other chemicals can react with the material of the disk and change its physical or chemical characteristics.

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How is a bit stored in an optical disk?

As data in binary format of 0 & 1 on hard drive sectors.

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Where can you get a disk or CD roll for Windows 98 upgrade?

I found dozens offered on eBay a few months ago.

i remember seeing one at compusa

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What is the difference between a hard drive and a floppy disk?

A floppy disk is a rapidly aging -- if not already obsolete -- form of portable storing and transferring data. A floppy disk is either 8", 5" or 3.5", with the 3.5" being more advanced with larger storage space. Still, the maximum amount of space on a floppy is 1.44Mb.

A hard disk is a somewhat obsolete term for a hard drive, which is the central storage of a modern computer until the Solid State Drive technology takes over. Hard drives can be external or internal, and store all data present on a computer. They can range from 40Gb and below to 1Tb (1024 gigs) or higher.

The term "hard disk" was coined because hard drives are composed of rapidly rotating disks, unlike the floppy disk, which is a disk enclosed in a square piece of plastic/metal.

There were variable speed motors for both kinds of drives but that was uncommon for the floppy drives (diskettes).

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When were magnetic disc introduced?

In 1956 on the IBM RAMAC, the 50 platter single access mechanism provided access to 5 million 6 bit IBM BCD alphameric characters. Worst case access time was 0.8 seconds.

The floppy disk was developed in 1971 by IBM as part of the new System/370, to permit loading microcode. One 8 inch single sided floppy on this system had a capacity of 80,000 bytes.

I hope one of those answers your question.

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Information retrieval is faster from?

floppy disk

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What is the difference between portable and non portable storage devices?

well...the answer lies in whether or not they are convenient to move from point a to point b. Literally speaking, ALL storage devices are portable. From a practical point of view, however, it is portable if it is easy to disconnect/reconnect and it is non-portable if it requires turning screws.

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Which hard disk will be able to store more information 24Mb 2400KB 24Gig 240MB?

24gb

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What is a download system disk?

for DOS, and maybe early windows. try bootdisk.com

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What is a destination disk?

When you do a data export, or create a table, move a table, move a file, ftp a file, etc., you need to specify in the command where the data will go. This is the "destination" disk. This disk will be a named object. My disks are called: $D001 $D002 So, my create table statement would include the disk specification in the statement: create table $D001.VOLUMENAME.TABLENAME field specs table attributes;

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What is the storage capacity of floppy disks?

The most common ones most people are familiar with were 1.44MB, but there were many sizes of "floppy disk" from about a hundred kilobytes to a couple hundred megabytes.

Nowadays, the answer is 1.44 for a double sided high density 3.5" floppy disk. This answer is quite different for other types of floppy disks. There are single sided, double sided, single density, double density, high density , 5.25", 3.5", and 8" floppy disks just to name a few of the many, MANY variations.

* low density capacity: 360 kbytes * hi density capacity : 720 kbytes * double hi density: 1.44 megabytes

There are other (rare) formats that can hold more.

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