[vcf-midatlantic] How To Geek article on floppy data recovery

Dean Notarnicola dean.notarnicola at vcfed.org
Fri May 8 12:43:37 EDT 2020

I agree that these are two different things; preservation of data and
storage formats lives in a separate domain from preserving vintage
hardware, but you may argue that one helps the other and keeps these
systems usable after mechanical components have failed beyond reasonable

On Fri, May 8, 2020 at 12:38 PM Herb Johnson <hjohnson at retrotechnology.info>

> On 5/8/2020 12:04 PM, Dean Notarnicola wrote:
> > However, consider that, over time, it may matter less and less as a
> > larger volume of old media gets archived. Maybe it’s ok that these
> > devices are somewhat ephemeral. Just food for thought.
> If I accept that proposition, Dean: vintage computing may matter less
> and less, as a larger volume of information and actual computers get
> archived in collections and on Web pages. Maybe it's OK that everything
> is ephemeral - including you and me. That's called "carrying an argument
> to its logical conclusions". Or to extreme conclusions, you decide.
> The weaker response, is that many people have decided that floppy
> diskettes are so obsolete, one should simply archive their contents and
> avoid their use. In that case, the fact that archival mechanisms come
> and go - these various microcontrollers -  doesn't matter either. One
> finds a means to archive or recover; one does the recovery; one moves on.
> I have a few Web pages, about the efforts needed to "archive", and then
> recover and put to use, various inconvenient floppy disk formats; such
> as M2FM or MMFM and Intel Multibus system disks. Eventually, the
> recovery was performed by *actual period hardware and Intel systems*.
> Your mileage may vary, regarding your favorite vintage systems.
> Again, I call out the difference between vintage computing as acts of
> preservation; and modern computing as an "ephemeral" activity where only
> the data persists (if that). So let's run emulators and go home, job
> done. (shrug) It's a matter of choices and consequences.
> Regards, Herb Johnson
> >
> > On Fri, May 8, 2020 at 11:45 AM Herb Johnson    wrote:
> >
> >     This reply is long, because I'm arguing in opposition, and that
> means I
> >     have to make a case about, and explain about. But I'll save some
> >     people,
> >     some time. I"m going to fuss about these microcontrollers becoming
> >     obsolete. If you don't care about that, save time and stop reading
> here.
> --
> Herbert R. Johnson, New Jersey in the USA
> http://www.retrotechnology.com OR .net
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> email: hjohnson AT retrotechnology DOT com
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