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Re: A floppy drive orchestra!!!

PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:55 pm
by Sam Spoons
There was a suggestion that when 3.5" mini floppy discs came out they be referred to as 'crunchy discs' :D

Re: A floppy drive orchestra!!!

PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:59 pm
by blinddrew
In South Africa they used call them Stiffies to differentiate from the 7" ones that were still common at the time.

Re: A floppy drive orchestra!!!

PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:03 pm
by Sam Spoons
I remember 5 ΒΌ" floppies, my BBC Master 128 has a very expensive external floppy drive which used them...

Re: A floppy drive orchestra!!!

PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:07 pm
by Dr Huge Longjohns
What were those clear plastic things with tape in called? You used them for much bigger files?

Re: A floppy drive orchestra!!!

PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:08 am
by ManFromGlass
Tape dispensers?
:smirk:

Re: A floppy drive orchestra!!!

PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:05 am
by Dr Huge Longjohns
They were something drives, we used to use them for large artwork files, for example, mid-late 80s??

Re: A floppy drive orchestra!!!

PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:27 am
by Kwackman
Dr Huge Longjohns wrote:They were something drives, we used to use them for large artwork files, for example, mid-late 80s??

I think I remember those being used on old AMS Audiofile editors - something like exibite?

[EDIT] Google suggested Exabyte, although that also seems to refer to a value of bytes as well as a system?

[EDIT#2] Googling "AMS Neve Exabyte" got some results showing it did exist as a system. Score for an old man's memory! However, it might have been a propriety system used by AMS, so maybe this isn't the system you were looking for?

Re: A floppy drive orchestra!!!

PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:30 am
by rockydennis
Dr Huge Longjohns wrote:They were something drives, we used to use them for large artwork files, for example, mid-late 80s??
IBM 3480?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_3480_Family

Re: A floppy drive orchestra!!!

PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:40 am
by Rich Hanson
rockydennis wrote:
Dr Huge Longjohns wrote:They were something drives, we used to use them for large artwork files, for example, mid-late 80s??
IBM 3480?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_3480_Family

We used to use something like that to back up our MicroVAX(*), we just referred to them as tape cartridges.

(*) for the uninitiated a MicroVAX is not, in fact, a very small vacuum cleaner :beamup:

Re: A floppy drive orchestra!!!

PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:52 am
by wireman
Rich Hanson wrote:
rockydennis wrote:
Dr Huge Longjohns wrote:They were something drives, we used to use them for large artwork files, for example, mid-late 80s??
IBM 3480?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_3480_Family

We used to use something like that to back up our MicroVAX(*), we just referred to them as tape cartridges.

(*) for the uninitiated a MicroVAX is not, in fact, a very small vacuum cleaner :beamup:

For some reason my brain has dredged up the designation TK50, this may or may not be relevant.

Anyway there were I think multiple sizes of floppies that were floppy and had no hard outer case, came in a sleeve.

Re: A floppy drive orchestra!!!

PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:59 am
by ef37a
"Anyway there were I think multiple sizes of floppies that were floppy and had no hard outer case, came in a sleeve."

Yes! Seen them on Quest, about 18" across? Were indeed without rigidity unless spun up at some terrifying RPM rate.

Dave.

Re: A floppy drive orchestra!!!

PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:51 am
by Dr Huge Longjohns
Found it! Syquest disks...these chaps...

Image

They weren't tapes at all! My memory playing tricks because they look a bit like a cassette! :oops:

Re: A floppy drive orchestra!!!

PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:08 am
by blinddrew
Not cassettes then? ;)

Re: A floppy drive orchestra!!!

PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 1:27 pm
by ManFromGlass
I had an MO drive and cartridges for awhile. Never had an issue with losing data. Smaller version of the Syquest cartridge. MO sounded like a format that should have become a standard, but I guess recordable CD and DVD was more cost efficient.

Re: A floppy drive orchestra!!!

PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:49 pm
by Ben Asaro
The Floppytron has got to be one of the greatest electromechanical instruments of all time, if for no other reason than it keeps these units out of the landfill and repurposes there existence far longer than was originally planned for! There's a philosophy buried in here somewhere lol. :D