Reliable 3.5" DSHD diskettes
cclist at sydex.com
Mon Nov 7 01:36:30 CST 2005
On 11/6/2005 at 10:45 PM ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk wrote:
>Thing is, those disks are still readable. I wish I could pay that sort of
>price _now_ for a 3.5" disk and get something that I could read back
>again in <n> years time. My data is worth a lot more than that.
...and most of my 8" floppies are readable error-free after between 25-30
>(Oh and don't tell me to use CD-Rs or DVDs, or whatever. I've yet to find
>such devives with an HPIL interface (for example)).
CD-R's are going the way of floppies--there seems to be a drive toward the
cheapest price, regardless of quality or lack thereof. I submitted to
temptation after finding a coupon redeemable at the local Office Depot that
would reward me with a spindle of 100 CD-Rs for what amounted to $0. What
miserable trash they were--after awhile I determined that my time was worth
more than the trouble and went back to Mitsui CD-Rs.
What I'd like a straw poll on is who makes the best new 3.5" D2HD floppies.
Imation, Maxell, Sony, Nashua, Verbatim....?
HP-branded floppies used to be pretty good. I just recovered an operating
diskette for an X-ray machine that had parts of the medium so worn that you
could see through it. I think we got what was needed, though. FWIW, I
think the machine was powered by something very akin to a Ampro Little
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