Problems reading older disk on newer drive

From: Tom Jennings <>
Date: Sun Dec 19 01:31:20 2004

On Sun, 19 Dec 2004, Nico de Jong wrote:

> > Then there's issues with _at_#$%^ IBM (or m'soft) looking for
> > text in the boot sector and not just that FATid (the 1st byte
> > of each FAT) to ID disks, rendering otherwise-proper MSDOS
> > diskettes unusable.
> A related "bug" is the following (maybe even the same?)
> When I format 3.5" disks on my present conversion system, and insert them in
> an IBM or Windows system with virus check software, it will speak up and say
> it found a Kitty virus. Extensive forensic work has shown that this is not
> the case; the problem is that there is a byte somewhere (can't remember if
> is is bootsector or FAT), which according to MS-DOS is un-used.

Ahh, the Inexorable March of Progress. It must be better -- it's newer!


As I was getting vietnamese food to go tonight, a counter kid had
a Univ. Southern. Calif. T-shirt on, the obverse of which said

                    "So and So Famous Person
                       department for the
                  commercialization of technology"

So stupidity has gone institutional. And people think I'm crazy!
Received on Sun Dec 19 2004 - 01:31:20 GMT

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