April 26, 2005
Dear CNET members,
Just recently, I went over to my parents' house and found my 75-year-old Pops digging through all the old 5.25-inch floppy disks I used back in grade school. He asked me if he could use them, and I said sure, if he could find a disk drive for them. While I tried to explain to him that those and 3.5-inch floppies are pretty much useless today, he argued that it was such a waste to throw them out. So I took one of the floppy disks and set my drink on top of it--problem solved, Dad, you now have a box of drink coasters. That pretty much ended that conversation. While I can go on about how my dad loves to save everything, I'll leave that discussion for another day. But I have to tell ya, seeing those 5.25-inch disks sure brought back some good old computing memories. So what old-school media do you have in your closet? Anything special you hold to dear to your heart and want to share? Before we start discussing, let's see what Editor Rafe Needleman dug up in his article, "The museum of obsolete disks, or Why I hate Iomega" and see what he says may become the next obsolete storage medium. Do you have a prediction? Want to share your opinions on the best way to store digital data today? TalkBack here.
This week's hot topic:
Old school storage
Upon reading "The museum of obsolete disks, or Why I hate Iomega", many of you took a walk down memory lane, recalling some of your favorite storage options of the past. Be it Bernoulli, floppy, or punch card media, many of you also provided tips on how to resurrect those ancient backups.
Hard drives to go
Before Iomega Zip cornered the market on removable disk storage, many of us used Syquest to back up important data. CNET member Jim Johnson depended on the removable cartridge drive--until an OS upgrade made it obsolete.
Read Jim Johnson's full post in CNET TalkBack
Faster than a floppy
CNET member zepper still uses his LS-120 SuperDisk drive--the first hybrid drive to read regular floppies as well as proprietary disks and could hold 120MB or more. Keep reading through the thread to find retailers that still offer LS-120 blank disks.
Read zepper's full post in CNET TalkBack
Sell the old stuff
After finding a pile of mint condition 5.25-inch floppies, CNET member gjmadsen asked for tips on what to do with them. Several of you wrote in on how to turn a profit on antiquated media.
Read gjmadsen's full post in CNET TalkBack
What tried-and-true storage systems do you still use? Read "The museum of obsolete disks, or Why I hate Iomega" and speak up in the TalkBack section.
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