IBM 8" Disks - What are they?

From: Peter Joules <>
Date: Sat Apr 29 05:29:32 2000

In article <>, David Vohs
<> writes
>Someting else intresting about those disks: The "CONTENTS" section is
>actually a *directory*!

Interesting, I had wondered why it seemed to be in hex.

>Many IBM minis & mainframes that used FDD's did not
>have an FAT on the disk! The result: you had to provide the track & sector
>location on every disk access!

Sounds tedious, surely that was impractical wasn't it? Wouldn't it
require the operator to keep a hand written directory in order to tell
it where to make the next write?

Received on Sat Apr 29 2000 - 05:29:32 BST

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