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How quaint!
Just found an unmarked floppy disk while unpacking stuff in my new office. Should I find a machine with a working floppy drive so I can examine its contents, or just toss it?
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kukla_red From: kukla_red Date: July 6th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Frisbee!!
blaisepascal From: blaisepascal Date: July 6th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
floppy diskette = 8"
mini diskette = 5.25"
micro diskette = 3.5"

I don't know where you're gonna find an 8"drive ;-).
msanborn From: msanborn Date: July 6th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I vote - destroy / then toss it. I have two cases of floppies that I need to shred. Good thing I have a disk shredder. LOL I just haven't done it yet.

Edited at 2009-07-06 09:04 pm (UTC)
queenmabwords From: queenmabwords Date: July 6th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Icon love!
msanborn From: msanborn Date: July 7th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)
has at it :)
queenmabwords From: queenmabwords Date: July 7th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!
queenmabwords From: queenmabwords Date: July 6th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooo! You should try to find out what's on it

I still have to clean off my very old computer. There are some gems there, I'm sure.
callusdew From: callusdew Date: July 6th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Try to find a way to read it, but with the shelf life of those disks, it may be gone already.
acappellasinger From: acappellasinger Date: July 6th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Definitely try to find out what's on it -- and if it's worthwhile, transfer it to something (including, potentially, a different file format) that'll be easier to use today. I've got a couple of old Macs in my office, both of which can read 3.5" disks (a Classic and a PowerMac G3). If you think either would be useful, let me know.
mistressarafina From: mistressarafina Date: July 7th, 2009 12:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I think you should try to see what's on there. Maybe there's a pirate treasure map!
polypolyglot From: polypolyglot Date: July 7th, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's always possible that that disk has the counterpart decryption key for the encyption key that some nutter reader was reciting to me yesterday afternoon.
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