Why do good floppy disks go bad?
elson at pico-systems.com
Wed Apr 6 21:56:14 CDT 2016
On 04/06/2016 08:00 PM, Paul Koning wrote:
>> On Apr 6, 2016, at 5:18 PM, Chuck Guzis <cclist at sydex.com> wrote:
>> Well, I don't know about the consensus, but in my experience, most
>> floppies go bad from wear and/or breakdown in the binder.
> I have no experience with this issue in floppies. But I have a distressingly large quantity of audio cassettes that have gone bad over 10 or 20 years. It wasn't wear; they weren't played regularly. Instead, something bad happened with the structure of the coating so that they would squeak loudly when played, both over the playback and physically (noisy passage over the head). The problem is clearly incompetent chemical engineering, because it showed up only in one brand, which as a result is now on my "never again" list for any of its products.
That is usually the pressure pad has gotten some wipe-off
from the tape, and becomes a sticky, instead of slippery,
material. If you can get to it, you can sometimes scrape
the sticky material off with a knife to produce a better
surface. On a (one sided) floppy drive, the pressure pad is
part of the drive, not the media.
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