When I bought my network analyzer (8753C) an EEPROM back up disk (floppy disk) was shipped with my network analyzer.
When I attempt to look at the disk in a Windows O/S based environment, Windows cannot read the disk. It can't even tell me what files are on the disk. Windows keeps requesting that I format the disk.
I am hoping that my disk is not damaged or corrupted.
Since the disk is very old - this NA was in its "heyday" before the desktop PC became an integretated unit (HP sold separate disk drives, HP9122, for its computers), I am hoping that the reason why I can't read from the disk is because the file format may be incompatible with the Windows environment.
Can you tell me the file types that are on a typical EEPROM disk (*.LIF ? or other) and can Windows actually read the filenames that are on the disk (I realize that this question may appear to be simple to answer for a person who has had prior access to many NA EEPROM floppy disks but I can't read from my disk, therefore, I have no way of being certain what file types are on the disk and I don't have access to various NA EEPROM floppy disks).
Also, can you tell me if there is a way I can determine if the disk is good without having to go out and buy an old disk drive?
I have access to a 8753D NA which has a built in disk drive. Can I use this disk drive to determine if my disk is still good? If the answer is yes, can you tell me some of the filenames that I will see on the disk, if the 8753D can read from the 8753C EEPROM disk (this is just a check so that I know that everything is OK with this method)?
Thank you for your past replies and I look forward to reading your next reply.
This is almost certainly a LIF formatted disc. There were routines to read this on a PC using a LIF-to-DOS utility, but I think you needed Win98 or earlier to use it. I do not know what else is out there now.
Some instruments could read both formats...such as the 8711 family...but I am not sure which versions...probably the C versions.