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Topic # 242789 14-Nov-2018 10:32
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Anyone have one of these lurking somewhere? Just got asked if I can help with recovering something off a 5.25 disk...





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  Reply # 2125445 14-Nov-2018 10:38
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Good luck with the disk being recoverable at all.  Post a reply if you have any success, I'm very interested!


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  Reply # 2125451 14-Nov-2018 10:47
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I'm sure some decade old USB external floppy drives have survived. I distinctly remember having a sony vaio one back in vista days.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2125471 14-Nov-2018 11:18
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They used a data cable that wont be compatible with almost any newer PC's
You'll also need an older PC to plug it into
http://www.pcguide.com/ref/fdd/confCable-c.html

 

Perhaps buy an old $20 PC of trademe that has one in. And hope that it still works :-)
You may also need the old DOS Norton Disk Doctor to revive hard to read old floppies , you'll find it via a google search Im sure

 

I doubt you'll find a USB 5.25" drive .


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  Reply # 2125486 14-Nov-2018 11:23
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Lias:

 

Anyone have one of these lurking somewhere? Just got asked if I can help with recovering something off a 5.25 disk...

 

 

OMG, how many people have seen this now


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  Reply # 2125498 14-Nov-2018 11:35
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SpartanVXL: I'm sure some decade old USB external floppy drives have survived. I distinctly remember having a sony vaio one back in vista days.

 

We've still got a 3.5" USB Floppy Drive, which is what I suspect you are remembering.  A 5.25" floppy is quite a different wee beastie!  I'll eat my hat if you can find a 5.25" USB floppy drive!  There were parallel port versions available, but that would require a special driver.

 

OP if you were actually referring to a 3.5" and want to borrow ours, let me know.





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  Reply # 2125511 14-Nov-2018 11:53
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SpartanVXL: I'm sure some decade old USB external floppy drives have survived. I distinctly remember having a sony vaio one back in vista days.

 

We've still got a 3.5" USB Floppy Drive, which is what I suspect you are remembering.  A 5.25" floppy is quite a different wee beastie!  I'll eat my hat if you can find a 5.25" USB floppy drive!  There were parallel port versions available, but that would require a special driver.

 

OP if you were actually referring to a 3.5" and want to borrow ours, let me know.

 

 

Oh boy, yup was thinking of 3.5". I don't think I've seen a 5 & 1/4 in person let alone a drive for it.

 

 

I hope that people who still use them realises that physical media generally still have shelf lives for being intact let alone have devices that can still read the data. Unless it was made recently I'd think the magnet would have degraded by now.

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  Reply # 2125517 14-Nov-2018 12:02
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Lias:

 

Anyone have one of these lurking somewhere? Just got asked if I can help with recovering something off a 5.25 disk...

 

 

I used to have one at home, I will have a hunt around for it, but if I do find it I will want it back, its my only one.





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  Reply # 2126525 14-Nov-2018 13:17
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SpartanVXL:

 

I don't think I've seen a 5 & 1/4 in person let alone a drive for it.

 

What a youngin you are. Back in the day I used to use 8 inch floppies; about the size of a dinner plate! laughing


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  Reply # 2126549 14-Nov-2018 13:47
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What a youngin you are. Back in the day I used to use 8 inch floppies; about the size of a dinner plate! laughing 

 

What he said cool


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  Reply # 2126557 14-Nov-2018 13:51
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WOW





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  Reply # 2126559 14-Nov-2018 13:54
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Floppy disk sizes


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  Reply # 2126563 14-Nov-2018 13:57
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I once had a Philips business computer the size of a small car. It was discarded by a company I worked for and I was allowed to salvage it. No floppy drive on that one but it had a hard drive the size and weight of a truck flywheel behind a transparent cover that clattered and whistled when started up. Maximum capacity was all of 7(!) megabytes. That model was once featured in a James Bond film. It would have cost tens of thousands but by the time I got it was only an antique curiosity.

 

 





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  Reply # 2126618 14-Nov-2018 14:56
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MurrayM:

Floppy disk sizes



You forgot the 3" floppy made popular by amstrad but was also used by a few other computer manufacturers of the time.

There's also the ls-120 super disk but it looks the same as a 3.5". Suppose I should mention the zip drive too

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  Reply # 2126633 14-Nov-2018 15:15
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Here's a good geeky read with a few variants that I hadn't thought of in years...  including the 20Mb Floptical which never gained any traction as best I recall at the time.  I don't recall ever hearing about 2" floppies which Sony released for Mavica cameras.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floppy_disk 

 

The ZIP drive is kinda off to one side, but close enough to a 'floppy disk' for most people.  I had clients using them for backup until the Click Of Death became a thing.

 

OP, I think we all apologise for hijacking your thread.  :)





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  Reply # 2126639 14-Nov-2018 15:23
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Dynamic: I had clients using them for backup until the Click Of Death became a thing.

 

And then the Iomega marketing department, apparently with its head in the sand, called the next drive the "Clik". It failed miserably.


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