Broken floppy disks
Roy J. Tellason
rtellason at verizon.net
Sun Aug 19 22:33:46 CDT 2007
On Sunday 19 August 2007 10:31, Ade Vickers wrote:
> PS: Most of my old 5.25" disks, despite being up to 30 years old, are all
> working fine. Similarly, most of my old Sinclair microdrive cassettes,
> which are >20 years old, are also fine - at least, the ones where the
> little foam pad hasn't perished are. Similarly, many of the compact
> cassettes I have for various old 20+ year old home computers still work....
> are 3.5" 1.44MB floppies just inherently useless?
Not in my experience, but it seems that a fair number of drives are. I've
had bad luck with some brands, and try to stay away from them, including
one Alps that let the magic smoke out on first powerup, and assorted Mitsumi
and some others. If I can, I prefer Sony, they seem a bit more reliable,
though there are no doubt some others. Got a whole box of drives around so
if one won't read/format a floppy I'll try another before I assume that the
problem is with the floppy rather than the drive. For whatever that's
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