[vcf-midatlantic] Looking for working 5.25" 1.2MB drive to borrow/rent

John Heritage john.heritage at gmail.com
Fri Nov 26 19:51:16 UTC 2021


Great idea!    I will get out there sometime next week!  Thank you!

I assume no one will think I'm weird if I walk in with a couple small boxes
of floppies?  :)  (~ 10 x 5.25" and 10 x 3.5")

On Fri, Nov 26, 2021 at 2:36 PM Bill Degnan via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> John,
> The guest registration PC at Kennett Classic is a Win 3.1 system with a 1.2
> (5 1/4")and 1.44 (3.5") drives.  It's in Kennett Square PA which is about
> 40 minutes from you.  Feel free to drive down and use this system to copy
> your disks to 3.5" and from there you can copy to a modern machine.
> Bill Degnan
> kennettclassic.com
>
> On Fri, Nov 26, 2021 at 2:07 PM John Heritage via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
>
> > Hey All! :)
> >
> > I have a small amount of old 5.25" floppies I'd like to read some data
> off
> > of.  Does anyone have a working 5.25" HD drive that I could borrow?
> >
> > I have a Socket 7 system and a pair of 5.25" drives that seem bad.
> >
> > Drive 1 read a couple of disks "ok" -- the data was intact, took several
> > tries.  After swapping to Drive 2 to see if it was more reliably, Drive 1
> > now won't power up.
> >
> > Drive 2 also would read some disks but even less reliably than drive 1.
> I
> > took the protective cover off of Drive 2, carefully used some canned air,
> > and then carefully alcohol swabbed the read/write heads (as I have in the
> > past with my Atari 8bit drives).  Let it sit, and it read one more disk,
> > but since then  - even with additional cleanings won't read or write
> > anything.
> >
> > I have both some old OEM disks (i.e. copies of PCBoard) I've tried using,
> > and also a box of definitely unused 1.2MB floppies that look very clean,
> > and can't get either config working.  I'd actually like to read that
> > PCBoard disk if possible so I stopped 'testing' with it and just focused
> on
> > the clean unused disk.
> >
> > Anyway, I'd love to rent or borrow a 5.25" HD / 1.2mb drive that is good.
> > I can paypal over some $ as a deposit or whatever if necessary.  I have
> > about 12 disks I want to read data off of and then i'll be done with the
> > drive.  I'm located in the King of Prussia PA area but have no problem
> > driving wherever if in person is preferred.
> >
> > Thanks!
> > John
> >
>


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