5 1/4 inch Drives
fgentges at mindspring.com
Tue Jan 15 19:55:35 CST 2008
Some of you are aware that I had problems reading 5 1/4 inch disks
that contained some old software.
I tried 3 different drives and all of them failed to read either
360k or 1.2m disks. I got and error message to the effect that no
disk was detected. 2 drives were Teac drives and one was a dual 3 1/2
and 5 1/4 drive. The latter drive worked fine with the 3 1/2 inch
disks but would not read the 5 1/4.
Finally, I dug out an old computer and harvested another 5 1/4 inch
drive made by Fujitsu and it worked immediately for both 360k and
1.2m disks and took no fussing with.
The failed drives were working fine a few years ago but somehow in
the intervening years have failed. Perhaps some rubber parts have
hardened or something to cause them to fail.
The lesson is that if you have important software or data on 5 1/4
inch disks, you should get copies off on 3.5 inch or CD ROM disks.
It is not assured how long these will remain readable as are EEPROM
USB drives. This has been a problem experienced by the National
Archives and others and now it has struck at my home.
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