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Media Descriptor Byte: Floppy Disk Access

LOL....I scratched my head for a couple of hours today trying to get my floppy working....then found none of my XP machines here at home would read a floppy....discs worked fine on my DOS/95 machine....

Ended up finding this nugget....
Floppy Disk is Not Accessible, Not Formatted, or Not Recognized by Windows
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This problem occurs on disks that do not contain a media descriptor byte in the BIOS parameter block (BPB) of the boot sector. Some older preformatted floppy disks do not contain a media descriptor byte. Older product disks may also not have the media descriptor byte.

The media descriptor indicates the type of medium currently in a drive. With MS-DOS and Windows 95, you do not have to set the media descriptor byte. Therefore this problem does not occur with these older operating systems.

The media descriptor byte is located in the BPB of the boot sector at offset 21 (15h) and in the first byte of each FAT on the disk.
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To resolve this problem, re-format the floppy disk with Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Server 2003.
Purchased some new floppies, and all is well....

I must have been on an island, because I have never had this problem up until today....

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Re: Media Descriptor Byte: Floppy Disk Access

floppies?

USB drives are the way to go!
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Re: Media Descriptor Byte: Floppy Disk Access

I didn't know people still used floppies.
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Re: Media Descriptor Byte: Floppy Disk Access

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floppies?

USB drives are the way to go!
Agreed, but sometimes I gotta talk to my pre-USB boxes....

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Agreed, but sometimes I gotta talk to my pre-USB boxes....

CDRs are the new floppies.
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I didn't know people still used floppies.
Yeah it still happens.....there are tons of embedded PC controls on CNC, and other automation systems....and they aren't going anywhere soon...

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CDRs are the new floppies.
Agreed....but not a solution for legacy stuff....

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Re: Media Descriptor Byte: Floppy Disk Access

Legacy Smegacy.
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Legacy Smegacy.
Hard to tell your client that when the unmachined parts are piling up....

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Re: Media Descriptor Byte: Floppy Disk Access

I was talking to an engineer from an extremely large computer company about this.

He claimed if you use SCSI or SATA (or both) you should have a 3.5 for "emergencies". My new ASUS MB required a 3.5" drive to load the drivers for XP and SATA. If I had a computer running and web access I could've tried a CDR but Asus still supplies floppies, same with Dell.




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Re: Media Descriptor Byte: Floppy Disk Access

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Legacy Smegacy.

Psssssstttt:

Conq was chatting with the SAP Gods again!!
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