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# 251231 14-Jun-2019 12:45
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Hi Guys

 

 

 

I am after an old school 5.25 floppy drive to recover some ancient one-off mechanical engineering programs meant for DOS 6 (Although I'm not even sure the disks will have survived..they always had pretty strict storing condition pictures on the back haha). Should be interesting though.

 

 

 

So if anybody has some leads on finding an old drive that would be great, would also buy whole computers that still has the interface on the MB.

 

 

 

(I've been trawling trademe but no luck there yet, I suspect there aren't that many left gathering dust somewhere :( )

 

 

 

cheers

 

 

 

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  # 2258135 14-Jun-2019 12:49
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  # 2258356 14-Jun-2019 17:43
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hey I don't know where in the country you are, but if you local tip has a shop, then that may be a place to look at.

 

 

 

Actually you could try a place like

 

 

 

https://www.computerrecycling.co.nz/about-us/

 

 

 

as they sell on more modern stuff on trademe, but they would have the prehistoric coming through. 





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  # 2258409 14-Jun-2019 19:28
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Jakes:

Hi Guys

 

 

 

I am after an old school 5.25 floppy drive to recover some ancient one-off mechanical engineering programs meant for DOS 6 (Although I'm not even sure the disks will have survived..they always had pretty strict storing condition pictures on the back haha). Should be interesting though.

 

 

 

So if anybody has some leads on finding an old drive that would be great, would also buy whole computers that still has the interface on the MB.

 

 

 

(I've been trawling trademe but no luck there yet, I suspect there aren't that many left gathering dust somewhere :( )

 

 

 

cheers

 

 

 

Stock image, not my hand :)

 

 

 

You might find someone who has one will offer to migrate the data for you, and save you buying one.

 

Where in NZ are you?




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  # 2258416 14-Jun-2019 19:34
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Are the disks high density? (1.2MB) or double density (360k)? And yeah, what part of the country are you in?



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  # 2258528 14-Jun-2019 21:49
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Thanks for the suggestions guys, appreciate it. I would prefer to do the job myself as opposed to outsource it. I'll check out computerrecyclers - maybe I'm lucky.

 

 

 

Regarding the double/high density - I think it may be a mixture of both, quite a big stack of disks and I haven't looked at each individually. Is it related to drive compatibility? (I always thought one drive fits all..)

 

 

 

I'm in Auckland by the way.


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  # 2258533 14-Jun-2019 22:03
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Older double density drives are 360k only. I was stuck on an double density drive until I got a 3.5".

Do you have a time frame for this? And do you also need a PC which could host the drive? They're not SATA or even parallel IDE, they have special floppy interfaces. I imagine someone makes a USB bridge these days...

DOS 6 was cool, it came with a disk compressor.



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  # 2258743 15-Jun-2019 14:05
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Ah OK got it. Timeframe wise it would great to do it ASAP, been on my to do list for too long. I have an old 386 with the correct MB and interface so that's all good.

 

 

 

Haha, yeah DOS was a blast, trying to get games working with extended memory managers...happy days.

 

 

 

 

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