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Tony
25-10-2018, 07:59 AM
I have just found some 5.25" floppies in the back of a cupboard. Yes I know I'm a hopeless hoarder, but it turns out I would quite like to get the data off them. Does anyone know of a service in Auckland that could transcribe them for me?

Poppa John
25-10-2018, 08:27 AM
I have just found some 5.25" floppies in the back of a cupboard. Yes I know I'm a hopeless hoarder, but it turns out I would quite like to get the data off them. Does anyone know of a service in Auckland that could transcribe them for me?

You could do it your self if you could find a drive & drivers. I doubt if you could buy a new one now. But it is quite possible a member has one in a junkbox. PJ.

ManUFan
25-10-2018, 08:59 AM
https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/ENCOEM0006/OEM-Universal-35-144-MB-USB-external-FLOPPY-Disk-D

Tony
25-10-2018, 09:00 AM
https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/ENCOEM0006/OEM-Universal-35-144-MB-USB-external-FLOPPY-Disk-D

Thanks for the link. Alas that is a 3.5" drive and I need 5.25".

1101
25-10-2018, 09:25 AM
I have just found some 5.25" floppies in the back of a cupboard. Yes I know I'm a hopeless hoarder, but it turns out I would quite like to get the data off them. Does anyone know of a service in Auckland that could transcribe them for me?

Datalab in Ak .

Or ring around PC repair shops , may be a cheaper option.
Or buy a very old PC of trademe . 5.25" drives used a data cable that wont connect to modern PC's

May be issues reading some of those floppies, given how old they are.

Kame
25-10-2018, 09:54 AM
I still have 5.25" drives in working condition (internal and external), knowing where I've stored them is the next question, last used 14 years ago when I decided to test the dinosaur out and relive some classic games.

If the data is important, get a pro to do it though.

1101
25-10-2018, 10:11 AM
The old DOS Norton Disk Doctor used to be very good at reviving hard to read floppies
Im sure its available for download if you do a google search :-)

Driftwood
25-10-2018, 10:30 AM
I think there still is an old system round here with one of those drives, but I don't have any coal to get it started.

Tony
25-10-2018, 02:12 PM
I think there still is an old system round here with one of those drives, but I don't have any coal to get it started.

LOL. I think mine was actually gas-fired.

Tony
25-10-2018, 02:14 PM
Datalab in Ak .

Or ring around PC repair shops , may be a cheaper option.
Or buy a very old PC of trademe . 5.25" drives used a data cable that wont connect to modern PC's

May be issues reading some of those floppies, given how old they are.

Looking on TradeMe could be an option. The data is potentially interesting rather than important, so I wouldn't want to spend a lot of money. It might help me answer the question in this (https://pressf1.pcworld.co.nz/showthread.php?146670-The-first-PC-Was-it-really-that-long-ago) thread about how much my first PC cost.

linw
25-10-2018, 02:21 PM
Tony, we REALLY don't want to know what we used to spend on that old crap!! I'm embarrassed just thinking about it.

Tony
25-10-2018, 02:39 PM
Tony, we REALLY don't want to know what we used to spend on that old crap!! I'm embarrassed just thinking about it.

OK, I won't post it :) but I'd like to know for my own satisfaction.

linw
25-10-2018, 07:18 PM
Oh, OK, Tony!!

I was more wondering how I got the absurd money to buy that old expensive, by today's stds, stuff. The first HDD - ouch. The first CD drove - ouch. The first digital Canon 2000 camera - OUCH. It is still sitting on my shelf glaring at me. Etc Etc Etc.

We are pretty spoilt today, for sure.

wainuitech
25-10-2018, 08:02 PM
Tony, we REALLY don't want to know what we used to spend on that old crap!! I'm embarrassed just thinking about it. Makes you shudder alright. I remember the first External CD Writer I brought ( NO DVD then) it was an HP a real speed demon 2X :waughh: @ About $1000 Parallel port as well

Similar to this one http://www.hpmuseum.net/display_item.php?hw=910 But had rounded corners on the case, still got it someplace.

apsattv
26-10-2018, 05:40 AM
This reminds me, I found 3 boxes x10 of sealed 3M DS,DD 3.5 disks suitable for
IBM PS/2
APPLE IIGS
Macintosh
Mac SE
Macintosh +
Commodore Amiga

Are they worth anything?they are mint in their box still sealed?

ManUFan
26-10-2018, 06:48 AM
Sorry Tony - didn't read the page properly (duh!)

Beav
26-10-2018, 08:38 AM
This reminds me, I found 3 boxes x10 of sealed 3M DS,DD 3.5 disks suitable for
IBM PS/2
APPLE IIGS
Macintosh
Mac SE
Macintosh +
Commodore Amiga

Are they worth anything?they are mint in their box still sealed?

I listed some c64 games on Trade Me, all of them sold. Some went for a good price. Worth a try.

Driftwood
26-10-2018, 08:39 AM
This reminds me, I found 3 boxes x10 of sealed 3M DS,DD 3.5 disks suitable for
IBM PS/2
APPLE IIGS
Macintosh
Mac SE
Macintosh +
Commodore Amiga

Are they worth anything?they are mint in their box still sealed?

Maybe, as a collectors item.

Tony
26-10-2018, 08:44 AM
I listed some c64 games on Trade Me, all of them sold. Some went for a good price. Worth a try.

And how is is relevant to 5.25" floppies - the original topic?

Beav
26-10-2018, 09:15 AM
Why single my post out, sheesh. Pickyl

Tony
26-10-2018, 10:05 AM
Why single my post out, sheesh. Pickyl

Hmmm, sensitive, eh? Yours was a continuation of a trend. One such post is OK-ish, but after a few there is the danger that the original intent gets lost and the thread veering totally off track.

the_bogan
26-10-2018, 01:43 PM
the C64 games generally came on 5.25" floppies, didn't they?

Laggard
26-10-2018, 05:17 PM
Tony, I have an old Remington 5 inch drive ( about a cubic foot of it ) that was last working about 15 years ago that I have put aside, as it is the only drive that works with my Amstrad 128 and like you I have some discs that I intend to look back on (sometime!!!). I would be happy to lend it to you.
I'll send you a private message with my details.

Tony
26-10-2018, 05:21 PM
Tony, I have an old Remington 5 inch drive ( about a cubic foot of it ) that was last working about 15 years ago that I have put aside, as it is the only drive that works with my Amstrad 128 and like you I have some discs that I intend to look back on (sometime!!!). I would be happy to lend it to you.
I'll send you a private message with my details.

OK, thanks.