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RE: Anybody still use these things?
I made a mobile out of some and offered to give it to Mrs. SD. She said, "Wouldn't that plug up the toilet." I get no respect...tsk tsk Dont-know
09-23-2014 12:13 PM
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RE: Anybody still use these things?
A couple of months ago I got rid of about 500 of them. Donated them to our church youth for their parking lot sale. One of them told me someone bought all of them. I did wrap a box of 25 and kept it. It is the perfect height to serve as a stand for the light in our church's sound booth.

BTW, I still have an 8 inch floppy from an old word processing machine and a clock made out of a 15" hard drive platter.

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09-23-2014 01:40 PM
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RE: Anybody still use these things?
(09-23-2014 11:38 AM)justMongo Wrote:  Actually, I still use them. However, I have about 100 still new in the box.
I have to use an external drive that plugs into USB.

What I really need is a 5 1/4 floppy external drive. I have some 5 1/4 floppies with source code and executables from decades past that are modified from old NASA and Naval Research Labs (NRL) codes. I failed to copy them to newer media as things evolved.

Yes, I am imaging what R_G will think the thread title means.

@Pollcat -- you're just a few miles north of where my father was born and raised.
He was from Ravenswood Indiana (a neigborhood in north Indy.)

Call your local public school district... they probably have one in a closet somewhere. Often Universities store and then auction stuff like that. I have seen 5 1/4 drives in a school storage in the past few years.
09-23-2014 01:51 PM
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You need the software to read the 5 1/4" Floppy Disks, too! I can't imagine that format data are still implemented in modern systems. The other issue is that disks not used 10+ years maybe not more readable.

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09-23-2014 03:09 PM
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The drives are readily available on Ebay. Probably the operating systems will handle them just fine, because they never throw anything away. But the hard part is you will have to come up with a computer that has a motherboard capable of handling the old ribbon cables that they used. And of course come up with the ribbon cable itself.

Any external drives used a proprietary cable to connect it to the computer, so there again you need not only the drive, but the computer.

I probably have such, because like Microsoft I never throw anything away. I just get bigger boxes to put stuff in.
09-23-2014 03:33 PM
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Motherboards no longer come with floppy interfaces.
I have a machine at home that's 5 years old; and I upgraded it to Windows 7. It has a 3.5 inch floppy drive in it.
I had a 5.25 inch floppy drive in a drawer; but round-filed it.
If I still had it, I could install it in the 5 year old Dell.

I've seen some 5.25 inch drives for sale -- they want an arm and a leg for them.
Likely my friend in Nevada has a 5.25 inch drive in his 25,000 pounds of surplus junk.

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09-23-2014 05:11 PM
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Ebay has a plethora of them. Seems like average price around $50.00. One ad is for lots of 10 for only $299.00, or something like that. Just think: you could go into the 5 1/4" floppy drive business.

Hmmm... I wonder if Mark could interface them to Sleepyhead.............. I'm sure Resmed would be happy to.
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I still have a Commodore 128 with one drive build in, one extra. But it could read dd-disks only but the data format was free programable: Kaypro, Epson, Zenit ... MSDOS. Someday I will test it ... I will heat to 100°F before starting because of the old lubricant.
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09-23-2014 08:58 PM
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Offer withdrawn, since a member has graciously volunteered to take them off my hands. Whistle
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(09-23-2014 01:40 PM)Homerec130 Wrote:  A couple of months ago I got rid of about 500 of them. Donated them to our church youth for their parking lot sale. One of them told me someone bought all of them. I did wrap a box of 25 and kept it. It is the perfect height to serve as a stand for the light in our church's sound booth.

BTW, I still have an 8 inch floppy from an old word processing machine and a clock made out of a 15" hard drive platter.

Homer

Oh my gosh! An 8 INCH FLOPPY DISK?!?!? I used to work at Mentor Graphics and when I started, waaaaay back in 1985) that was media we used to send out programs.

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