My floppy disk drive is making a grating noise and it is not reconizing the floppy disk. What can be the problem?

Question

I insert the floppy disc, right click and select format, the format dialog box does'nt come up. A window appears and it says, insert disc and try again. A grating noise seems to come from the tower and that is all. What am I doing wrong?. Robert.

Answer

This question was answered on February 27, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Try inserting another disk to see if the same thing happens if it does its the floppy disk drive if not its the floppy disk.

Floppy disk drives are generally a common cause for a loud noise during the boot sequence This noise is caused when the computer attempts to read any disk present in the computer This is a normal noise and one of the only noises the floppy should generate If you experience any abnormal noise from the floppy disk drive when the drive is not being accessed, the computer floppy drive may need to be replaced

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Posted by Ileen of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 27, 2003