floppy disks?

Dave Stevens geek at uniserve.com
Sat Mar 9 16:21:15 UTC 2019

On Fri, 8 Mar 2019 23:14:51 -0800
rikona <rikona at sonic.net> wrote:

> On Fri, 8 Mar 2019 22:49:53 -0800
> Dave Stevens <geek at uniserve.com> wrote:
> > On Fri, 8 Mar 2019 22:40:46 -0800
> > rikona <rikona at sonic.net> wrote:
> >   
> > > The older ones are 5.25 - may be harder...    
> > 
> > I have 5.25" drives on my parts shelf, several if I remember
> > correctly, I don't suppose I'm the only one.  
> I never thought I'd use the ones I had in older comps so didn't
> remove/store them. Fair chance I could find one where I live, but most
> likely will be in an old PC. :-) If so, I'll just use the old PC. IIRC
> there may be IDE card issues I might have to deal with in my Ubuntu
> box. Not sure I want a semipermanent install on that box.
> I found a new 5.25" drive online - for $180, with the note: "It can be
> difficult or impossible to install these drives in a modern
> computer." :-))

so if you get that far you'll be able to read a 5.25" diskette, then
what? The same old machine is not likely to have a usb socket or know
what to do about FAT32, maybe look for a dial-up modem? and so on,
you may have to reproduce the stages of storage access in the
intervening years. Perhaps 5.25" to 3.5" and then a more recent Linux
will have good support for old filesystems.



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