8" floppy project

From: Vintage Computer Festival <vcf_at_siconic.com>
Date: Wed Aug 4 13:25:29 2004

On Wed, 4 Aug 2004, John Foust wrote:

> But as a file-format geek, I always thought a central part of the
> nut to crack was a metafile format. Archiving real-world antique
> floppies means some of them are going to have bad sectors. (Let's
> leave copy-protection errors aside for a moment.) You need an
> archiving file format that can record the fact of the known error.

Here's a paper I wrote for a presentation I have at an archaeology
conference in Austria:


The idea was Hans' to begin with and I ran with it. We discussed it to
some length on the list several years back. I hope we can get back to
making this a reality at some point.

> It would also be handy to have a way to store corresponding info
> such as a description of the disk's contents, as if you'd be
> able to store the label along with the archived disk image.

That's described in the paper.

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