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CluelessInSeattl(R)

Seattle, USA,
01.09.2012, 19:02
 

Where to buy new floppies? (Users)

One of these days I'll start making the switchover to backing up my DOS files to external hard drives.

But in the meantime, I'm still using 3.5" floppy diskettes for back-ups.

I've got boxes of unused floppies that have sat in storage for a decade or more, and I'm concerned that the binder on those disks may have been degraded from fluctuations in temperature, humidity and just the passage of time.

I've found websites that purport to sell "new" floppy disks. For example:

http://www.floppydisk.com/buy.htm

But I'm wondering if floppies are even manufactured anymore.

Does anyone know the answer the that question?

And if so. Does anyone know of a reliable source of new floppies?

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Will in Seattle
a.k.a. "Clueless"
Running MS-DOS 6.21

tom(R)

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Germany,
01.09.2012, 20:00

@ CluelessInSeattl
 

Where to buy new floppies?

You might have heard about www.Amazon.com. just try it

Tom

Rugxulo(R)

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Usono,
01.09.2012, 21:06

@ CluelessInSeattl
 

Where to buy new floppies?

> I'm still using 3.5" floppy diskettes for back-ups.
>
> I've got boxes of unused floppies that have sat in storage for a decade or
> more, and I'm concerned that the binder on those disks may have been
> degraded from fluctuations in temperature, humidity and just the passage of
> time.
>
> I'm wondering if floppies are even manufactured anymore.

It doesn't look good for ye olde floppies.

http://www.osnews.com/comments/26316

http://h30565.www3.hp.com/t5/Feature-Articles/The-History-of-the-Floppy-Disk/ba-p/6434

> "Apple prospered the most from the floppy drive but ironically
> was the first to abandon it as read-writable CDs and DVDs took
> over. The 1998 iMac was the first consumer computer to ship
> without any floppy drive.
>
> However, the floppy drive took more than a decade to die. Sony,
> which at the end owned 70% of what was left of the market,
> announced in 2010 that it was stopping the manufacture of 3.5? diskettes.
>
> Today, you can still buy new 1.44MB floppy drives and floppy disks,
> but for the other formats you need to look to eBay or yard sales.
> If you really want a new 3.5? drive or disks, I'd get them sooner
> than later. Their day is almost done."

Arjay(R)

01.09.2012, 22:26

@ Rugxulo
 

Where to buy new floppies? previous BTTR forum discussion

> > I'm wondering if floppies are even manufactured anymore.
> It doesn't look good for ye olde floppies.

See also Previous BTTR forum discussion regarding the death of floppies and alternatives.

Arjay(R)

01.09.2012, 22:54

@ Arjay
 

MrSolidSnake745's floppy drive music

> > It doesn't look good for ye olde floppies.
Certainly not any that might be in the 8 drives used here: Youtube: MrSolidSnake745 floppy drive music channel ;-)

w3a537(R)

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Colorado Springs CO USA,
01.09.2012, 23:27

@ Arjay
 

MrSolidSnake745's floppy drive music

I purchased 100 floppies from Office Depot online
last month. No problem. I just checked and they
STILL have them available today.

Steve ...

RayeR(R)

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CZ,
02.09.2012, 14:19

@ w3a537
 

MrSolidSnake745's floppy drive music

Our biggest PC shop in Prague still offers floppies:
http://www.alza.cz/baleni-10-ti-disket-verbatim-datalife-3-5-1-44mb-d63975.htm
I belive that in US too. Remember there are still a lot of old PC in industry, measure equipment, etc. that are not commonly seen but they still use floppies. Problem is to buy an 8" floppy dics, yeah I saw someone requested for them :) (and I still own some :)

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CluelessInSeattl(R)

Seattle, USA,
02.09.2012, 19:49

@ Rugxulo
 

Where to buy new floppies?

> > However, the floppy drive took more than a decade to die. Sony,
> > which at the end owned 70% of what was left of the market,
> > announced in 2010 that
> it was stopping the
> manufacture of 3.5? diskettes.

As I mentioned in my original post, there's no shortage of web sites that offering "new" 3.5" floppies for sale.

My question is: Who manufactures them?

And: "How reliable are they?"

Verbatim used to have a good reputation.

Does anyone know where the current crop of floppies are manufactured these days and which are the most reliable brands?

---
Will in Seattle
a.k.a. "Clueless"
Running MS-DOS 6.21

w3a537(R)

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Colorado Springs CO USA,
03.09.2012, 05:22

@ CluelessInSeattl
 

Where to buy new floppies?

imation brand new.

CluelessInSeattl(R)

Seattle, USA,
03.09.2012, 18:14

@ w3a537
 

Where to buy new floppies?

> imation brand new.

Tnanks w3a537!

Can you recommend a seller that can be relied on to provide fresh diskettes?

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Will in Seattle
a.k.a. "Clueless"
Running MS-DOS 6.21

w3a537(R)

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Colorado Springs CO USA,
04.09.2012, 08:13

@ CluelessInSeattl
 

Where to buy new floppies?

posted by w3a537 , Colorado Springs CO USA, 01.09.2012, 16:27

I purchased 100 floppies from Office Depot online
last month. No problem. I just checked and they
STILL have them available today.

Steve ...

CluelessInSeattl(R)

Seattle, USA,
05.09.2012, 18:01

@ w3a537
 

Where to buy new floppies?

> posted by w3a537 , Colorado Springs CO USA, 01.09.2012, 16:27
>
> I purchased 100 floppies from Office Depot online
> last month. No problem. I just checked and they
> STILL have them available today.

Thanks again, Steve.

I'll bank on your expertise and order a batch of Imations.

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Will in Seattle
a.k.a. "Clueless"
Running MS-DOS 6.21

rr(R)

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Berlin, Germany,
06.09.2012, 20:48

@ CluelessInSeattl
 

Where to buy new floppies?

> I've got boxes of unused floppies that have sat in storage for a decade or
> more, and I'm concerned that the binder on those disks may have been
> degraded from fluctuations in temperature, humidity and just the passage of
> time.

Just found this the other day: 360KB Floppies still readable 30 years later :-)

bretjohn(R)

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Rio Rancho, NM,
07.09.2012, 17:53

@ rr
 

Where to buy new floppies?

Just from personal experience, I can tell you that over the years I have had many, many 1.44M floppies die on me, but can't ever remember a 360k floppy going bad. I just tested one of my 360k floppies (at least 20 years old) and it worked fine. I've never really used 720k or 1.2M floppies very much, so can't speak for them.

I've also had to throw away a couple of USB flash drives that died on me, so I don't really trust them for reliability, either.

RayeR(R)

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CZ,
10.09.2012, 00:44

@ bretjohn
 

Where to buy new floppies?

> I've also had to throw away a couple of USB flash drives that died on me,
> so I don't really trust them for reliability, either.

Yeah, bad USB flashes. It's usually all or nothing. It will be fun when current big SSDs will going to die...

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mvojvodic(R)

11.12.2012, 13:25

@ CluelessInSeattl
 

Where to buy new floppies?

> One of these days I'll start making the switchover to backing up my DOS
> files to external hard drives.
>
> But in the meantime, I'm still using 3.5" floppy diskettes for back-ups.
>
> But I'm wondering if floppies are even manufactured anymore.
>
> Does anyone know the answer the that question?
>
> And if so. Does anyone know of a reliable source of new floppies?

You can still find new floppies. Try to get Imation 5.25" (bar code
05111112883 from 10 floppy box) or 3.5" (bar code 05111112881 from 10
floppy box), both items USA made in 2010.
They are the best I could find (chromium dioxide on PTFE, it looks like
a black mirror).
Since I found them here in Serbia, I think you can get them in USA also.
The address is:
Imation Enterprises Corp.
1 Imation Place, Oakdale, MN 55128-3414 USA

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