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I've been cleaning out some stuff at work and found two or three unopened 5.25" floppy disk packages.

Is there any real usage for these nowadays?

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DKahnt wrote:
I've been cleaning out some stuff at work and found two or three unopened 5.25" floppy disk packages.

Is there any real usage for these nowadays?

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The people that need them, *need* them. They aren't being manufactured anymore, and there are some legacy uses that have still not gone away.

(As an example, the plasma cutter used at my employer not only has the OS on a totally internal 3.5" drive, it takes the CAD data on 3.5" disk. We use on average 1-2 disks a week. And purchasing isn't relishing tracking down more when the current supply is gone.)
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Mostly they're helpful in annoying your kids. "Now when I was your age, we didn't have this streaming business, we used sheets of plastic wrapped in paper like this! Now see this is a single sided double density disk, which means it hold 180KB. The slot here is where the read/write head went..."
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Drew1365 wrote:
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The people that need them, *need* them. They aren't being manufactured anymore, and there are some legacy uses that have still not gone away.

(As an example, the plasma cutter used at my employer not only has the OS on a totally internal 3.5" drive, it takes the CAD data on 3.5" disk. We use on average 1-2 disks a week. And purchasing isn't relishing tracking down more when the current supply is gone.)
Woo hoo! You've found a mark! (Er, I mean "buyer.")
Well, almost 3.5" disks aren't the same as the OP's 5.25" disks (Though to today's generation they may as well be )
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The people that need them, *need* them. They aren't being manufactured anymore, and there are some legacy uses that have still not gone away.

(As an example, the plasma cutter used at my employer not only has the OS on a totally internal 3.5" drive, it takes the CAD data on 3.5" disk. We use on average 1-2 disks a week. And purchasing isn't relishing tracking down more when the current supply is gone.)
Woo hoo! You've found a mark! (Er, I mean "buyer.")
Well, almost 3.5" disks aren't the same as the OP's 5.25" disks (Though to today's generation they may as well be )
So, my 8" floppy disc is of no use to anyone?
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bop517 wrote:
So, my 8" floppy disc is of no use to anyone?
I'm not touching that one . . .
[Though I do remember the 8" floppies that booted up my Apple IIe.]
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So, my 8" floppy disc is of no use to anyone?
I'm not touching that one . . .
[Though I do remember the 8" floppies that booted up my Apple IIe.]
The IIe used 8" floppies? I thought the IIe used 3½", or maybe 5¼"...the only 8" floppies I ever actually used were for a Dec PDP-something. Maybe a PDP-10? I know it wasn't a PDP-11, and I don't think it was a PDP-8, it was one of the others.
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The IIe used 8" floppies? I thought the IIe used 3½", or maybe 5¼"...
So, you caught me - I'm a typical man, claiming mine is eight inches when it's only 5 and a bit . . .

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wmshub wrote:
nycavri wrote:
bop517 wrote:
So, my 8" floppy disc is of no use to anyone?
I'm not touching that one . . .
[Though I do remember the 8" floppies that booted up my Apple IIe.]
The IIe used 8" floppies? I thought the IIe used 3½", or maybe 5¼"...the only 8" floppies I ever actually used were for a Dec PDP-something. Maybe a PDP-10? I know it wasn't a PDP-11, and I don't think it was a PDP-8, it was one of the others.
Early TRS-80 used 8 inch.
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JoshBot wrote:
wmshub wrote:
nycavri wrote:
bop517 wrote:
So, my 8" floppy disc is of no use to anyone?
I'm not touching that one . . .
[Though I do remember the 8" floppies that booted up my Apple IIe.]
The IIe used 8" floppies? I thought the IIe used 3½", or maybe 5¼"...the only 8" floppies I ever actually used were for a Dec PDP-something. Maybe a PDP-10? I know it wasn't a PDP-11, and I don't think it was a PDP-8, it was one of the others.
Early TRS-80 used 8 inch.
That may have been an option, but wasn't the standard one. I (well, my father, but I used it more than him) had a TRS-80 model I; when they became available, it was upgraded with the expansion box and eventually two disk drives. Both drives were 5¼", and all commercial software was on 5¼". I never saw a TRS-80 with 8" drives attached.
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wmshub wrote:
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wmshub wrote:
nycavri wrote:
bop517 wrote:
So, my 8" floppy disc is of no use to anyone?
I'm not touching that one . . .
[Though I do remember the 8" floppies that booted up my Apple IIe.]
The IIe used 8" floppies? I thought the IIe used 3½", or maybe 5¼"...the only 8" floppies I ever actually used were for a Dec PDP-something. Maybe a PDP-10? I know it wasn't a PDP-11, and I don't think it was a PDP-8, it was one of the others.
Early TRS-80 used 8 inch.
That may have been an option, but wasn't the standard one. I (well, my father, but I used it more than him) had a TRS-80 model I; when they became available, it was upgraded with the expansion box and eventually two disk drives. Both drives were 5¼", and all commercial software was on 5¼". I never saw a TRS-80 with 8" drives attached.
It was the less common option.
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JoshBot wrote:
wmshub wrote:
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wmshub wrote:
nycavri wrote:
bop517 wrote:
So, my 8" floppy disc is of no use to anyone?
I'm not touching that one . . .
[Though I do remember the 8" floppies that booted up my Apple IIe.]
The IIe used 8" floppies? I thought the IIe used 3½", or maybe 5¼"...the only 8" floppies I ever actually used were for a Dec PDP-something. Maybe a PDP-10? I know it wasn't a PDP-11, and I don't think it was a PDP-8, it was one of the others.
Early TRS-80 used 8 inch.
That may have been an option, but wasn't the standard one. I (well, my father, but I used it more than him) had a TRS-80 model I; when they became available, it was upgraded with the expansion box and eventually two disk drives. Both drives were 5¼", and all commercial software was on 5¼". I never saw a TRS-80 with 8" drives attached.
It was the less common option.
Ours had regular cassette tapes. Pretty sweet once we upgraded to 16k ram.
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Doomsword wrote:
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wmshub wrote:
JoshBot wrote:
wmshub wrote:
nycavri wrote:
bop517 wrote:
So, my 8" floppy disc is of no use to anyone?
I'm not touching that one . . .
[Though I do remember the 8" floppies that booted up my Apple IIe.]
The IIe used 8" floppies? I thought the IIe used 3½", or maybe 5¼"...the only 8" floppies I ever actually used were for a Dec PDP-something. Maybe a PDP-10? I know it wasn't a PDP-11, and I don't think it was a PDP-8, it was one of the others.
Early TRS-80 used 8 inch.
That may have been an option, but wasn't the standard one. I (well, my father, but I used it more than him) had a TRS-80 model I; when they became available, it was upgraded with the expansion box and eventually two disk drives. Both drives were 5¼", and all commercial software was on 5¼". I never saw a TRS-80 with 8" drives attached.
It was the less common option.
Ours had regular cassette tapes. Pretty sweet once we upgraded to 16k ram.
My 8 inch floppy had a lot of RAM.
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I could have sworn that my dad's Commodore 64 had an 8-inch floppy drive, but apparently it was only a 5.25-inch floppy. I guess that I was so small that they looked bigger... or maybe my dad was showing me one of his older disks.
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I could have sworn that my dad's Commodore 64 had an 8-inch floppy drive, but apparently it was only a 5.25-inch floppy. I guess that I was so small that they looked bigger... or maybe my dad was showing me one of his older disks.
The standard C64 drive was 5.25". I don't think there was an 8".

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fnord23 wrote:
The people that need them, *need* them. They aren't being manufactured anymore, and there are some legacy uses that have still not gone away.

(As an example, the plasma cutter used at my employer not only has the OS on a totally internal 3.5" drive, it takes the CAD data on 3.5" disk. We use on average 1-2 disks a week. And purchasing isn't relishing tracking down more when the current supply is gone.)
I have some unused 3.5" 1.44 MB disks.
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