floppy disks?

Robert Heller heller at deepsoft.com
Sat Mar 9 03:17:31 UTC 2019


At Fri, 08 Mar 2019 18:01:55 -0700 "Ubuntu user technical support,  not for general discussions" <ubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com> wrote:

> 
> Depends on how old they are. 
> Very old ones were 8".

These were every on early CP/M (and some other machines, like VAX-11/780s).

> Then, there were 5.25" floppies .

Early "PC"s had 5.25".

> Then there 3.5" ones.

Early Macs started with 3.5" and eventually "PC"s moved to 3.5"

There were also various densities and capacities...

> What vintage do you have?
> 
> https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_floppy_disk
> 
> Look for an ancient desktop that can read the floppies in grandma and grandpa's attic. Then, you have to get the data from the ancient desktop to a modern computer.
> 
> Or, look for a media conversion shop.
> 
> Recovering data from an extinct platform can be very challenging.
> 
> Is the data worth the trouble?
> 
> And, the media may have decayed over the decades. 
> 
> At least it's not on punched cards or paper tape.
> 
> On March 8, 2019, at 5:30 PM, Dave Stevens <geek at uniserve.com> wrote:
> 
> On Fri, 8 Mar 2019 16:12:50 -0800
> rikona <rikona at sonic.net> wrote:
> 
> > I need to get some files from some VERY old MS floppy disk archives.
> 
> how big are the floppies?
> 
> d
> 

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