Needed: 1 IBM 8" alignment disk.

From: Don Maslin <>
Date: Mon Nov 29 23:40:27 1999

On Mon, 29 Nov 1999, Richard Erlacher wrote:

> I've got hundreds of diskettes over 20 years old, and NONE have been losing
> emulsion. I've had some of the jackets crack, and I've had some of the ones
> which have gotten wet along the way stick in their jackets so they wouldn't
> rotate, but the emulsion on those which would rotate, I've never had flaking
> of the emulsion. Maybe that's because it's really dry here in Denver.

Maybe, but I doubt it. The only diskettes that I have ever had any real
problem with were a batch of 8" Verbatim's that had a 'lubricating'
coating to reduce head wear. I quickly - but not quickly enough -
learned to make a full copy of the diskette before attempting to off
load individual files. Unfortunately, before the lesson sunk in I had
destroyed a few directory tracks!
> If you clean your disk heads from time to time, you'll probably not build up
> enough glutch to damage a diskette.

And that can be really often! But the full copy is the way to go.

                                                 - don
> Dick
Received on Mon Nov 29 1999 - 23:40:27 GMT

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