cctech Digest, Vol 29, Issue 43
ploopster at gmail.com
Fri Jan 20 10:31:55 CST 2006
Patrick Finnegan wrote:
> On Thursday 19 January 2006 15:23, Terry King wrote:
>>At 12:01 PM 1/19/2006 -0600, you wrote:
>>>Subject: deformatting floppies
>>>I would have thought it best to take a magnet to a hd
>>>disk before popping in a 720k drive to be formatted,
>>>but it seems to not have any (or much) effect. Even
>>>using a chunky rare earth magnet! Can someone explain?
> One should probably point out that trying to format HD 3.5" media (aka
> 1.44MB or 2.0MB) in a 720kB drive won't work reliably, no matter how
> well you degauss the media. The problem lies in the coercivity of the
> media (and has been discussed on this list several times in the past
> couple years I've been here).
Although one thing I've found with many years experience with PS/2's is
that 1.44MB drives in PS/2's reliably can treat 720kB floppies as 1.44MB
floppies without any trouble whatsoever. I mean, without covering the
hole or anything like that.
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