Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Apr 2010 18:38 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Invented by IBM, the death knell sounded by Apple. Sony has announced it is going to cease selling diskettes altogether, with the last bastion being Japan. Sales will be ceased there too, even though Sony still managed to sell 12 million of them there last year. While Memorex and Imation still produce and sell diskettes, this move by Sony surely means it won't take long for the rest of the market to vanish, too.
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RE[2]: Perfect size...
by Doc Pain on Tue 27th Apr 2010 03:34 UTC in reply to "RE: Perfect size..."
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"3.5 floppies are perfect... and they last forever!

Correction: They used to last forever.

I still have to use 5,25" floppies for museal purposes - use, not just show them. Most of them are older than 20 years and still work perfectly - in the computers they are intended for, also 20 years and older, still in perfect and working condition, like the robotron A5120 I recently got with a bunch of 5,25" floppies, taken out of service in 1989.

For the form factor, I think 3,5" disks and CF cards (and MiniDiscs, if you still now them) are ideal - not to big (as CDs and DVDs and their successors), not to small (as USB pen drives or SD cards). Sadly, MiniDiscs haven't prevailed for purposes we have to use CDs or DVDs today.

At some point in the last 10 years, it seems 3.5" floppy disk quality dropped to less than dismal. These days, I'm lucky if I can get a floppy disk to last two weeks after writing some files to it. I know it didn't use to be like that, but it seems like it is now.

I still have to use 3,5" floppies in very few places, and today's products seem like "use once, throw away" disks. After some short time of use, errors apeear, and using fdformat on the disks doesn't "repair" them, but shows more and more errors if you continue formatting them.

Finally, I'm glad that disks are not in use anymore, but the alternatives aren't so much better as advertisement wants us to believe.

And yet, I can pull disks out of a box from 10 years ago and read them just fine!

Same here, too. Even 20 years old disk work - but finally, it's a matter of how you store them.

Update: BTW, same with CD-R - I've got a ton of Kodak "gold" CD-R from the late-90s that are still readable.

I often say, with a bit of truth in it: "The older hardware is, the longer it lasts." For example, old 16x CD-ROM drives seem to be much more error tolerant than today's modern high-speed DVD drives. Hard disks, in use since 1995, often still work flawlessly today, while you already plan to substitute a hard disk in 6 or 12 months if you buy it today.

Just try to image if CDs, burned today, stored without any packaging (just like disks) can be read in 10 or 20 years. :-)

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