[BBC-Micro] Re-using floppies
trixter at oldskool.org
Mon Mar 22 20:15:45 CDT 2010
On 3/22/2010 8:10 PM, Phill Harvey-Smith wrote:
> It would need to be for those punchout devices that where sold back in
> the early 90s to 'convert' 720K disks to 1.44MB disks by punching the
> detect hole out.
I have one sitting right here as a testament to digital flim-flam men.
It's solid steel. I remember the advertising: "We formatted, read, and
wrote this disk 30 DAYS IN A ROW without a single error!" Yes, well,
try to read that disk six months from now and you'll find the contents
> Was this just one model of Archemedes that had this 'feature' or was it
> Acorn deciding that they could ignore the standard ?
All PS/2 Model 30-286 machines had this quirk too (completely ignored
the detect hole and always assumed 1.44MB media). I could never figure
out why I couldn't read my friend's 720K disks until I burned a hole
into it using a soldering iron on a hunch.
I continued that practice into college because I was a broke college
student. After losing part of an assignment due to bit fade, I started
taping the holes back up...
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