|From Windows Start, point to Shut down, then Shut down again. Click OK. When Windows closes, turn off the PC. Disconnect the power.|
|Check the documentation for your floppy drive and/or PC to see if it mentions the best way to clean your floppy drive. If it does, follow those instructions carefully to clean some of the internal mechanisms of your floppy drive. This information may also be available on the manufacturer's web site.|
|If you have one, visit your local PC or electronics store and speak with someone knowledgeable about PCs and ask if there is a floppy drive cleaning kit he or she would recommend. Just like cleaning the heads on a VCR, you can damage the drive reading mechanism if you use abrasive cleaners.|
|If you can't locate a good drive cleaning kit, get a good flashlight and several long cotton swabs (don't use fluffy ones that may unravel, and the longer the swab the better). While looking with the flashlight, gently push through the floppy door and begin cleaning dust and debris from the drive out through the floppy door. Use a tiny amount of isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol applied to two more swabs to clean the internal drive mechanism. Repeat until a fresh swab inserted into the mechanism returns clean.
|Wait several minutes to let the alcohol fully dry, then reconnect the PC, turn it on, and try again to access and read a floppy inserted into the floppy drive. To prevent further problems, keep your floppy disks in a dry, clean location.|