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discntnt_irny_srcsm

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6. Or perhaps the floppy you're trying to read....
Sat Jun 4, 2016, 07:52 AM
Jun 2016

...was written on a different drive and the heads of the drive that wrote the floppy were misaligned when the disc was written. I've had things like that happen more than once. Your best hope would be that the floppy you have now is misaligned and that your disc was written correctly.

I'm not sure where you live but, if you have one near enough, some Fry's stores have USB floppy drives in stock:
http://www.frys.com/ac/storeinfo/storelocator?site=csfooter_H

This item on amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/External-Floppy-Portable-Windows-Required/dp/B00RXEWOAA/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&dd=yFmexlMuNL53N8aR5oeeWQ%2C%2C&ie=UTF8&qid=1465039824&sr=1-3&keywords=usb+floppy+disc+drive&refinements=p_96%3A10155283011
...is available for free same day delivery. As I understand it that may depend on where you live.

For the future, IMHO if you're looking to backup text and files under 1 MB the best option is a USB flash drive like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16820211572

Every computer I've seen has at least 1 USB port. There are no moving parts to wear or misalign. Since they're cheap, you can get 3 and make multiple backups in case you misplace 1. This can hold the contents of maybe 20 CDs or thousands of floppies.

I hope things work out okay.

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