Is there any point in keeping 3 1/2" floppy disks that none of my computers can read? Is it possible the data is still readable on there (these are over 10 years old), and I just need an older computer (or in some cases a mac) to read them?
Edited to add: so if you have an 1980s/early 1990s mac or other computer, please let me know. I'd like to use the disc drive...
Very possible to read them if they've been stored well. 5 1/4"?
|Date:||August 30th, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)|| |
Not the mac discs...
no, 3 1/2 ", mostly HD. might be some ED.
There are plenty of drives to read that. Heck, I might still have one attached on my desktop. I thought you meant -really- tough - I once had to go through my old computer junk to find 5 1/4" floppies so I could copy "Loom" (a game) onto my desktop.
I have to admit it was kinda fun :D
|Date:||August 30th, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC)|| |
Better question... is there any chance there's anything on there you care to read? I pitched a mountain of floppies last time I came across them simply because there is no chance I care about the contents.
|Date:||August 30th, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)|| |
I always wonder how people can be so confident of that, without know what the contents *are*.
|Date:||August 30th, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC)|| |
You didn't clearly label your floppies? I must be more anal-retentive than you are ;-)
Oh, yes, these have my high school and college papers and other writing on them - a lot of it I should let go of but I'd be very curious to see them and would like to create an optical backup if I can recover the data.
|Date:||August 30th, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC)|| |
Floppies have a decent chance of being unreadable (short of heroic == expensive measures) in 10 years. If you *do* think you want to try to rescue the data, don't delay. Keeping them for possible future rescue is not a wise choice.
There's a decent shot some of them will be fine right now. If it's old variable-speed Mac disks you pretty much have to find one of those old machines, otherwise modern drives should read them.
Hmm... is it that PCs can read Mac floppies but not vice versa or... uhm... vice versa? It's been too long since I've worked with Macs to remember...
|Date:||August 30th, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC)|| |
The other way around. Macs could always read PC disks, cbut PCs couldn't read Mac-formatted disks.
I just tossed about 20 boxes of floppies, that I checked for anything I might want first. I keep one box for sentimental reasons - I found an old IBM keypunch card that I've keep for the same reason in one of my statistics books that I brought into work because of a modelling problem I'll probably have to solve rather than the statisticians in the police department.
We've got an old Mac around that should be able to read them.
Not Mac, but there's a handfull of systems around here that have floppy drives. If you want bring them by Corsa and we'll see what we can do.