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This is not a programming problem, even though it is a software thing - so kick me in the right direction, if the question doesn't belong here...

I've got quite a few boxes of old floppies that I want to go throught before throwing them away. I've got a USB floppy station.

In the old days when floppies were the standard, lots of floppy manufacturers sold "pre formatted" floppies ready to use. But they didn't write the format code (360K, 720K, 1.44M...) in the boot sector. Don't ask me why - it is true that Good Old DOS (GOD) didn't require it: If reading according to one format failed, another format was tried, and another, until reading succeeded. 16-bit Windows (i.e. up until W98) followed suit. With Win32, MS declared that "Enough is enough!". In XP and later versions, a floppy without a proper format code is considered "Not formatted".

I could fire up that old W98 wreck down in the basement to spin through all those old floppies. The machine is really old, so moving the rescued files over to my current machine today raises another set of problems. I'd rather find another solution.

So, my request is: Can anyone point me to some software letting a Win7 or Win10 machine read a floppy from a USB floppy drive, even when the floppy disk does not have a format code written into the boot sector as it should have?
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