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That's right.

I did ruin a couple floppies after XP said "This disk is not formattet. Do you want to format it?", and I trusted XP, thinking that some magnetic influx had ruined them. But my experience (with both too old floppies and CD-ROMs) is that "weak" disks may fail in one reader, but succeed in another one. So before abandoning a big pile of floppies, I first tried them in my old win16 machine, and they all worked fine (except for those I had already reformatted).

At that time, I wasn't aware of the explanation for it (follow the link that Tim Deveaux gives, above), but access to machines with Win16 wasn't a problem. Now, when I am digging in old "archives" (cardboard boxes in the basement) to preserve old history, the problem is slightly bigger.
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