Bulk Erase 8" floppies

From: Tillman, Edward <Edward.Tillman_at_valero.com>
Date: Wed Sep 17 02:15:01 2003

If you happen to have an old x86 laying around (286sx - 486dx), with DOS 5
or earlier, your format command will tell you the types/capacities of
floppies available, and the switches required to format them properly. A
simple chkdsk command run on the FD will tell you what you actually have.
Prior to HD, I don't believe any of the disks were marked with type/size.
However, HD and DD (DSHD 720Kb & DSDD 1.44Mb) are both marked on the disk
housing on the top foreward right corner -- top foreward right as inserted
into the drive -- right next to the spring-loaded media cover. The cover,
itself, may also contain the disk capacity in KB or MB, but that's also
usually found in later model disks...


Ed Tillman
Store Automation Tech Support Specialist
  Valero Energy Corporation
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Office: (210)592-3110, Fax (210)592-2048
Email: edward.tillman_at_valero.com <mailto:edward.tillman_at_valero.com>

-----Original Message-----
From: chris [mailto:cb_at_mythtech.net]
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2003 1:32 AM
To: Classic Computers
Subject: Re: Bulk Erase 8" floppies

>A hint : sort the floppies according to density. I would be rather p.....
>if I bought a stack of 20 floppies, believing they were DSDD, and I got
>some SSSD ones.

Is there a way to tell visually if they are DS vs SS? Not all the
floppies have their original factory labels on them any more, and I know
there are some of each.

If not, I'll make 3 groups. DSDD, SSSD, and "Pot Luck"

Received on Wed Sep 17 2003 - 02:15:01 BST

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