Floppy disk sizes ( was Re: Compaq Portable III fails POST? )
ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Wed Aug 30 17:07:43 CDT 2006
> On Wednesday 30 August 2006 04:17 pm, Chuck Guzis wrote:
> > But then, given the quality of the blank media produced over the last 5
> > years, it probably doesn't matter anyway.
> I'll say! I've never had as much trouble with 5.25" and 8" as I've had with
> 3.5" in recent years. Not just the media, but the drives, too.
You are not alone. I think I stated once before that I can remember
paying \pounds 3.00 for a single 5.25" floppy disk. My TRS-80 model 1
stored 88K on said disk. But those 88K are still readable.
Now I get get 5 1.44M disks for a single pound. It's rare that the data
is readable a month later.
Personally, I'd rather pay more for my disks and have the data last. My
data is worth a lot more than the cost of the media.
Anmd don't get me started on drives. I normallly stick an alignemnt disk
in new floppy drives, just to check, and I've had far too many that are
_way_ off in recent years. Again, they are simply too cheap.
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