Alignment disks, and the creation thereof
jules.richardson99 at gmail.com
Mon Feb 9 16:06:36 CST 2009
Mr Ian Primus wrote:
> With today's modern machining technology, it should definitely be possible
> to create a system to write new alignment disks.
The question that popped into my head was "how long will floppies last?" -
there's no point creating alignment disks if the existing media's all failed
and there's no new stock being produced. I'm not sure how much life floppies
have left in them - 10 years? 30? 100?
The time might be better spent producing drop-in replacements for entire
floppy disk units. It'll be sad when big ol' 8" and 5.25" drives truly are
obsolete, but I suppose that day will come sooner or later.
I think I'll miss the death-rattle of encountering a bad disk block, or even
the grinding/squealing noise as the surface of a disk falls off and demolishes
the drive head. Any magical "solid state" replacement should really include
audio output and the ability to randomly lose bits of your data... :-)
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