8" floppy system needed to recover old game data

Dave Mabry dmabry at mich.com
Thu Oct 6 07:39:05 CDT 2005

Kieron Wilkinson wrote:

>I am hoping to help an ex-games developer access some very old game data
>and source code stored on 8" floppy disks from a CPM system, data that
>simply does not exist anywhere else and will otherwise be lost. (It is
>the kind of stuff destined for MAME :)). I personally can possibly get
>access to such a system, however we do not want to risk transporting the
>media any more than necessary, and I am far FAR removed from where the
>disks are located in San Francisco (I live in the UK).
>Does anybody near here (or willing to travel there!) have such a system
>and could help us out? As I said this is a one-of-a-kind opportunity
>which should unearth games that were previously thought not to exist
>(though most were not completed AFAIK). There is always the chance that
>they are already lost (corrupted media), but we just won't know until we
>I would be over the moon if somebody could help us out with this! If you
>can help, or know somebody else who can help, please contact me!
>Kieron Wilkinson
There has been lots of discussion lately about 8" formats.  Perhaps we 
might be lucky here.  There is a chance that the 8" diskettes in 
question here were written in the one standard 8" format.  Single-sided, 
single-density.  If that is the case then there are lots of cp/m systems 
that can read those diskettes.  Even my Intel development systems can 
read that format!  And I would be happy to transfer the files to today's 
format, whatever form that might be.  However I am not on the left coast 
and the diskettes would have to travel through the postal system or UPS, 
etc., to get to me and back.

Do you have a way to determine if the diskettes are SS, SD ???


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