I tried to put a floppy disk into my IBM model number "8525-001" and it doesn't seem to be processing it. The light below the floppy drive blinks yellow every once in a while (such as when I turn the machine on). I've tried the dir a: command to test the drive and only got an error message... Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  • To test the drive, you should run DIR A:. – Stephen Kitt Apr 17 '18 at 12:13
  • Are you sure that the floppy that you are putting into the drive is formatted with a file system that the booted operating system can read? – Jeff Zeitlin Apr 17 '18 at 12:16
  • Would the drive not be able to tell that a disk is even in the drive unless it is formatted? – Ozzy Films Apr 17 '18 at 12:27
  • It doesn't make a peep otherwise – Ozzy Films Apr 17 '18 at 12:28
  • Stephen Kitt My bad, that was what I used to test the drive. I had wrote it on my hand for goodness sake :) – Ozzy Films Apr 17 '18 at 12:30

General failure is a catchall error. If that's the message you're getting, then its possible the floppy you tried is simply not formatted. You could try formatting the floppy disk (Obviously you'll lose anything that's saved on it).

If the floppy is shedding oxide, then that disk is a goner.

If the heads are dirty you may have luck after cleaning them.

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