Refresh your Windows Explorer
Question : I have a problem with my floppy disk drive
(FDD). It seems that it is unable to "recognise" the content of diskettes.
Let's say I have two diskettes; diskette A (containing "abc.doc") and diskette
B (containing "xyz.exe"). First, I insert diskette A and "abc.doc" will
appear. After that, I close everything and eject diskette A. When I insert
diskette B and open it, "abc.doc" appears instead of "xyz.doc". Sometimes, my
FDD prompts me to format a formatted diskette.
Answer : It may be a simple case of Windows Explorer not
refreshing. To attempt to fix this, when the "wrong" directory list appears in
Windows Explorer, select View --> Refresh. This will refresh the display and
present the right directory listing. If this doesn't work, it's probably due
to a failing FDD. Try replacing the drive to see if that fixes things. Also,
floppy discs and their drives are somewhat prone to failure - they've been
around since the earliest days of the personal computer, and the technology
hasn't really advanced all that much. USB thumb drives and DVD-RAM provide the
same functionality as a floppy disc, and are much more reliable.