Can Data Storage Media Ever Be Retro-Cool?

It must be retro-goodness week. While I’m musing about cassettes, Aj files a Requiem for the Floppy.

I actually backed up all my old 3.5″ PC floppies onto CD-R (two copies each, of course) this past spring. Less than 10% of them were bad, but because I’m kind of obsessive about backing up, it seemed than any file I might still want was living on more than one disc. However, because I’m just barely crafty, I didn’t even think to save any of them for making cool projects with — they all got chucked into the garbage (oh, how ungreen).

However, I do have a big box full of 5.25″ floppies for the Commodore 64 and TI-99 that my parents had me relieve them of when I visited last Thanksgiving. Even after 20 years in a NJ attic, I was surprised to find that many of the C64 floppies still work (several don’t). I know that it is possible to get your C64 connected up to a modern PC to back up all that old data, though I’ll have to figure out how (as if I need another project).

Then maybe I can do something more creative with the dead ones.

[tags]floppy disc, floppies, c64, commodore, ti-99, retro[/tags]







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