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Ticamo
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#1 Posted on 28.3.04 0839.55
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I've tried everything and I'm hoping someone can help me out here.

Here's the problem:

One day, I was at work and starting typing a document on my office's trusty new computers which operate on Windows XP. Over time, this file grew larger and rather than keeping it on my work computer's hard drive, I saved it onto a diskette. From that point on, everytime I worked on the file, I would save it on the diskette.

My problem is that now that I'm done with this document, and it's a rather large file, I am ready to print it for my enjoyment. So, I bought my diskette home and tried to open the file. My home computer, while very trusty and hasn't given me any major problems, still operates on Windows ME.

I tried to open the file with Microsoft Word, but it wouldn't work. I sat and waited and after 5 minutes, I went to the Task Manager (you know, alt + control + delete) and found out that Microsoft Word was no responding. So, I stopped that task and went into Word as if I were starting a new file. Then I began a search for the document in the A drive. The file didn't even show up.

Frustrated, I created a new file and decided that when I went back to work, I'd open the file there, cut it, and paste it into the new file that I created at home. When I tried to open it, I waited 5 minutes and went into Task Manager and Word wasn't responding there either.

So, I'm stuck with this big ass document and no place to open it. Thanks for reading all this, but if you have any suggestions for me, I'd appreciate it a bunch.
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#2 Posted on 28.3.04 1009.49
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Try moving it from the disk to the desktop, then opening it. The access time from floppies leaves lots to be desired.
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#3 Posted on 28.3.04 1349.49
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    Originally posted by Zundian
    Try moving it from the disk to the desktop, then opening it. The access time from floppies leaves lots to be desired.


Thanks for the help, but unfortunately, I got an error message stating that: System cannot read from from the specified device.

Whatever that means...

I appreciate your help though.
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Okay, I came back to update my situation. I should have figured it out from the error message. Seems my diskette went bad along the way and I had to switch to a computer that would forge through the error and actually open the entire file. I had to cut the entire thing, create a new file, paste it there, and save it on a new disk.

Whew! That was 53 pages of text too. Your American dollars hard a work.

Anyway, thanks to everyone who read this and didn't help me out and to Zundian for trying.

(edited by Ticamo on 28.3.04 1251)
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#4 Posted on 28.3.04 1515.53
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    Originally posted by Ticamo
      Originally posted by Zundian
      Try moving it from the disk to the desktop, then opening it. The access time from floppies leaves lots to be desired.


    Thanks for the help, but unfortunately, I got an error message stating that: System cannot read from from the specified device.
(What Zundian said is the first thing I thought of too.)

Do you get that message when1) you try to do the file copy from floppy to desktop, or 2) when you try to open the file with Word on your ME machine?

1) Sounds like ME is unhappy with something about the formatting of your floppy, or the way that XP wrote the file to the floppy. How big is the file? Things I would try:
1a) Take a new floppy disk (in case the one you've been using has some insidious damage). Run a full format on it on your ME machine. Take that to work & copy the file onto the new disk. Take that home, & see if ME is any happier about reading that disk.
1b) While you're there, copy a small, simple text file from XP onto the disk & see if ME is happy about reading that.
1c) Also while you're there, save a small portion of the main file under a different name to the floppy. See if ME/Word likes opening that any better.

2) Eeeesh. A very odd message, indeed. Try this:
2a) What version of Word are you running under ME? And what version on XP? (Look under "Help:About MS Word" inside of word.) If your XP version is newer than your ME version, Word may be getting very confused reading the file format. Check your XP Word, for "save as // file type" options. See if there's one of those that exactly (reasonably closely) matches the version of Word that you have on your ME machine. Use that to save to your floppy. See if that works any better.
2b) If *that* doesn't help, & if you don't have too much fancy Word formatting, try saving a version (from XP) in one of the other formats -- I'd try "Rich Text Format". Then see if your Word on ME deals any better with that.

That's what I've got at the moment...
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#5 Posted on 28.3.04 1606.54
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    Originally posted by emma
    <1) Sounds like ME is unhappy with something about the formatting of your floppy, or the way that XP wrote the file to the floppy.


Maybe XP formatted the floppy in NTFS, so that's why her Me system can't read it?
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#6 Posted on 29.3.04 0207.41
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    Originally posted by rikidozan
      Originally posted by emma
      <1) Sounds like ME is unhappy with something about the formatting of your floppy, or the way that XP wrote the file to the floppy.


    Maybe XP formatted the floppy in NTFS, so that's why her Me system can't read it?
That is certainly a possibility. I believe that vanilla XP systems on their own would always format floppies to FAT, but I also know there are extensions/utilities that can put NTFS onto a floppy. (Heck, if you've got the right extensions/drivers, it could be a Mac floppy, that XP has just been coping with! :-) )
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#7 Posted on 29.3.04 0857.27
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Instead of working on the disk and saving to the disk, I would use the computers hard drive. If it's a personal project, just zip it and password protect it. When finished drag and drop the zip file onto a formated disk.

Word also lets you save in an earlier version. You could save in 97, so work and home would be backward compatible.
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#8 Posted on 29.3.04 1512.52
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Thanks for all the advise guys... I was able to salvage my file and thankfully, things are all intact.

I appreciate the outpour of help. I'm glad to know there are so many computer savvy people here on the Weinerboard.

Thanks a bunch.

BTW, I have it saved onto a backup disk and my home computer's hard drive. That should save my ass if this should happen again. Whew!
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#9 Posted on 29.3.04 2131.00
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    Originally posted by Ticamo
    BTW, I have it saved onto a backup disk and my home computer's hard drive. That should save my ass if this should happen again. Whew!


When I'm working on something that I think is important, I save it on my hard drive, on my USB drive, on my webspace, AND I email it to myself. Now THAT is a)redundant b)paranoid c)smart d)a&b Choose your own answer...
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