HD Floppies in DD Drives

From: Barry Peterson <bmpete_at_swbell.net>
Date: Mon Nov 10 19:27:06 1997

On Sun, 09 Nov 1997 08:43:15 -0600, you said:

>Here's a silly question, but one I've never understood:
>Why can't a high density 5 1/4" disk be formatted in a double density
>drive? When I try, DOS returns a "Track 0 Bad" error message.

If you try it in a non-compatible non-PC, you get MANY bad sectors...
The media is physically different. (IIRC, the HD media has higher
reluctance, the magnetic equivalent to resistance, to prevent
crosstalk between tracks)

Barry Peterson bmpete_at_swbell.net
Husband to Diane, Father to Doug,
Grandfather to Zoe and Tegan.
Received on Mon Nov 10 1997 - 19:27:06 GMT

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