2014-04-28, 11:16 #1
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5.25" Floppy Drive - What do I need? What do they work on?
OK, I have spent a few hours now trying to find information on the old 5 1/4" floppy disks. My ultimate goal is just to copy some word processing files from my old 5 1/4" floppy disks to a more modern platform.
I have searched numerous places looking for information - I can find multiple internal old floppy disk drives around, a few external drives too.
I have read that there is no such thing as a 5 1/4" floppy (internal or external) that works via USB. Nor have I found any such offering.
What I have not found was any information as to what operating systems these might work on. Only DOS? Early windows?
Mostly disclaimers - buy the disk drive and take your chances.
What I do have is an older computer with windows 98 on it. I bought it used many years ago. A internal cd player was added to it. An internal Colorado tape back up was added to it and it has an internal 3.5" floppy. I have not taken the computer apart to look at the insides as yet.
So, any advice - information - leads - suggestions?
I have found only one place offering the service of transferring the data - the cost was $4.95 per disk. This is just cost prohibitive for me.
I have about 100 disks.
The disks are not really worth anything - I would just like to get the data off them.
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2014-04-28, 11:53 #2
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Last edited by CLiNT; 2014-04-28 at 11:56.DRIVE IMAGING
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