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Old 06-24-2012, 11:25 PM
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Default Working 1.2 meg floppy drive

Got any obsolete floppy drives hanging around? I have a client that has old family tree information on 5.25 in disks, and would like me to try to copy it onto more modern media. I had a drive in storage, but it isn't working. eBay prices plus shipping for these drives doesn't seem reasonable ($100+). Bonus points if you have one of those nifty 5.25/3.5 combo drives.

I'm in Canada; can pay in CAD or USD (via Paypal). Thanks!
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:28 PM
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I used to have one, but I threw it out. Just a tip though, you can often find them at your local computer/electronics recycler
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Finally threw the last one out about a year ago, big heavy TEAC.

Quick glance at fleabay indicates there ought to be no problem obtaining one.
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Let me check with my father. I think he still has my old COCO computer with two floppy drives. If they are still around you can have one for the cost of shipping. Should know by tomorrow.
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You might find that your task is more complicated than just copying the files off, once you have a working floppy drive. The odds are very high that the disks will not be healthy, due to their age.

Most of the time, at $100/floppy, we lose money doing the recovery as they can be more difficult to recover than a failing hard drive.

Good luck with it. Let us know how you make out.

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