First post, by jal
I've recently booted up my old Pentium MMX with dual boot Windows 95/Windows 2000 to backup some very old stuff. It has a network card, but somehow the drivers aren't installed (I swapped hardware apparently), so the only way to get information on and off is floppies. I've bought a USB floppy drive for my Windows 10 laptop (Mitsumi), and had hopes to be able to exchange data. Unfortunately, I ran into trouble.
First, most floppies I have (I still have two full boxen) don't read in the USB floppy drive, I get "The disk media is not recognized, it may not be formatted." errors. Some work however. All floppies are readible in my old machine. The floppies that work in my USB drive get unreadible ("disk media not recognized") as soon as my old machine writes to it (or sometimes just accesses it). If I write something on a working floppy with the USB floppy drive, it isn't readible in my old machine (I get copy errors, or "error performing inpage operation" errors.
So I'm a bit at a loss what to do. It seems to me the USB floppy drive is bad, but if so, what to replace it with? It'd very frustrating that I only have to transfer 30KiB for the RTL driver to get the network card working, after which I can try disk sharing or FTP or the like. Any thoughts?
EDIT: I just tried to copy files off a readible floppy with the USB drive, but halfway of copying a file, it gives me a "disk media not recognized" error again.