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Could a worm convince a floppy disk to dislike Win2k?

I have a floppy disk that works with Win98, but does not work with Win2k. Could it be infected with a worm?
I suppose there's always a chance of it having a boot sector virus -- not likely a worm. Is this problem occurring on the same machine? It could be a hardware problem with the Win2k floppy drive. Win2k should be able to read a FAT-formatted floppy without any problem unless there's a hardware issue or data corruption on the disk that the Win2k drive is more sensitive to.

This was first published in August 2004

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