floppy disks?

rikona rikona at sonic.net
Sat Mar 9 06:58:14 UTC 2019

On Fri, 08 Mar 2019 18:01:55 -0700
Drew Einhorn <drew.einhorn at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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.

This is beginning to sound like the best approach for the 5.25s. Would
be interesting to find an 8" in some attic - ebay lists some of
the CPM machines for thousands of dollars. :-)

> Or, look for a media conversion shop.
> Recovering data from an extinct platform can be very challenging.
> Is the data worth the trouble?

It is worth some trouble but not a huge amount.
> And, the media may have decayed over the decades. 
> At least it's not on punched cards or paper tape.

Some of my oldest data might be on paper tape. My oldest CPM ran from a
teletype machine - very advanced at the time. :-)) Not likely I will
need to access that very ancient and limited data though.

> 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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