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BigZee
22-03-2011, 10:48 AM
Hello

I am on the lookout for a 5.25" floppy disk drive. Does anyone have one lurking in their forgotten computer bits pile? If you're able to dust one off I'd appreciate it. I am happy to pay for delivery costs in NZ.

Thanks.

Chilling_Silence
22-03-2011, 11:16 AM
Unfortunately I don't, did away with them about 15-odd years ago. Just curious, what do you want one for? :D

ryanjames.powell
22-03-2011, 12:59 PM
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Components/Other/auction-363129717.htm

Tested and working, which is probably less than you can say for most out there today.

BigZee
22-03-2011, 02:11 PM
Hello. Believe it or not I want to restore some data from 5.25" disks! Thanks anyway.

BigZee
22-03-2011, 02:11 PM
Hello. Thanks for the website reference. Much appreciated.

1101
23-03-2011, 02:16 PM
Let us know if the disks are still readable
Just curious, thats all. :thumbs:

Lurking
23-03-2011, 05:25 PM
Hello

I am on the lookout for a 5.25" floppy disk drive. Does anyone have one lurking in their forgotten computer bits pile? If you're able to dust one off I'd appreciate it. I am happy to pay for delivery costs in NZ.

Thanks.

Hi BigZee, the 6.3 quake has dislodged every room in our house and lo and behold a stash of 5.25 floppies have come out from the doom and gloom, lol.

If you do get the FDD, I would appreciate it if you could take a look at a couple of disks me for me.

Thanks,

Lurking.

Agent_24
23-03-2011, 08:24 PM
You may find your disks have grown mould on them

Apparently you can recover them by using dd and some alcohol (I think)

I'll try to find the site I found that on for you...

EDIT: http://www.swtpc.com/knowledgebase/kbpage1.htm

The alcohol accomplishes several things. It acts as a replacement for
the missing lubrication, it helps scrub the fungus residue from the disk
surface (which ends up on the jacket liner), it protects the heads from
the abrasion of the molded areas and it keeps the heads flushed during
the data recovery process. Due to the lubrication, the diskette will
also rotate at the proper speed and timing/sync caused errors are
eliminated.


Don't want to damage the drive, since they are a bit rare...