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    After I have selected the records needed to print labels, I save them to a floppy drive file for later use in Labels Unlimited programs. Now things I save to the floppy drive do not come over despite the drive light indicating action. This situation has recently developed. Any clues to solution, please?

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    Charles,

    Your problem could be in one of three areas: the disk drive, the floppy disk or the data. Floppy drive can go bad (ie, operate outside of design specs). If you write to a diskette on a good drive (one operating within design specs) and then try to access it on a drive out of specs, the drive light will come on, indicating attempted access, BUT the bad drive cannot access the data on the good disk. A possible solution would be to try to access the diskette on a known good drive. Also, you can possible find an diskette drive cleaning kit (lint and other contaminants can build up on the read-write head).

    The diskette could be bad, (bad sectors, scratches, oil from fingers on the recording area, etc.) Hold the diskette carefully, keep your fingers off of the area in the elongated read area and rotate the media by the center hub. If you see any scratches, the diskette is bad; toss it. Try using a new diskette, but that is no guarantee. Back in the 'old days' I've found multiple bad diskettes in a new box.

    There could be a problem with the data (linkage between non-contigous storage sectors lost).

    Hope this helps.
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    Open one of the sample databases, e.g. avmovies, and try the same thing. Also, for test purposes, try copying to your C: drive instead. If the copy works with the test file, then that means your real database is corrupted.

    Otherwise, it may be a floppy drive problem.

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    Dave,

    Thank you for the information. I've tried your suggestions but still have the problem.

    Charles

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    Default Problem Saving to Drive A:

    Charles,

    At least we know what doesn't fix the problem.

    If you have a USB flash drive, try saving the file to it. If you're successful, it would seem to indicate some other problem having to do with the floppy drive. Also, you could borrow or buy an external USB floppy drive and try that. Again, if that works, the problem is with the internal floppy drive.

    Good luck.
    Dave Jampole
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