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First post, by odd144

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I was going through some boxes and found my old boxed Kings Quest IV(AGI version not SCI).

Popped disk 1 into my floppy drive, it picks up the size and space used/left but wont open. Disk 2 and 3 work fine.

Is there any software(Win 98 or XP)out there that can somehow extract the informatoon or is it a done deal aka dead floppy?

Reply 1 of 4, by Deunan

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Try a different drive, maybe a native DD one rather than HD if possible. You can try to create an image with DiskImage (or better yet ImageDisk but that is a DOS tool and requires some skill to use properly). If the problem is with the FAT, and not actual data, that can be repaired - even by hand in hex editor if need be. Or you can just make a copy and try chkdsk/scandisk - sometimes that works. Just don't try to fix the original that way before you image it or it might truly become useles.

Reply 2 of 4, by Jo22

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Please also keep in mind that some of the older AGI games had copy protection on disk #1.
My copy of KQ3 and my father's copy of LSL1 had a defective track/sector on that disk for that reason.
Tools like Sierra Unpr*tect were able to "fix" the disk check issue, but it's been a long time since I looked into this.
Personally, I would keep the original disk set and try to find another -uhm- solution to play that game.

Edit: Also please note that Win9x could alter your originals if the write-protect slider was in wrong position. DOS, Win 3.x, OS/2 and NT are safe, though.
See http://web.archive.org/web/20190402230711/htt … the-ihc-damage/

Edit: Minor edit.

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Reply 3 of 4, by 386_junkie

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Have you tried doing just a standard DOS diskcopy?

Windows 3.11 diskcopy can sometimes copy disks without caring what's on it.

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