View Full Version : Question about the longevity of *boxed* 5 1/4 floppies

February 12th, 2009, 08:20 AM
I've been picking up boxed/sealed 5 1/4 floppies whenever I see them at thrift stores, yard sales, etc. to keep on hand and I've started to wonder about how long even boxed media would be reliable. Any thoughts?

February 12th, 2009, 08:49 AM
I guess all media has a limited life, even sealed media. However, I've used a few boxed sets that must have been at least 20 years old and they were all fine!


February 12th, 2009, 09:00 AM
Ultimately what will determine the longevity of magnetic media is how it's been stored.
Disks that spent most of their time in a cool, dry place with a relatively constant temperature
will tend to last longer than ones that were stored where the temperature can vary widely, like an uninsulated attic.

The only thing different about a sealed box of disks is that they've had no physical wear.
But the oxides are just as likely to go bad as any other disk.
Without knowing how they've been stored, it's a gamble.

Of course, if you're finding cheap ones, by all means pick them up. :)