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Thread: Which way should 3.5" floppy disk labels go, up or down?

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    Default Which way should 3.5" floppy disk labels go, up or down?

    With 5.25" floppy disks, there was never any question which way the label should go -- always with the read/write head opening facing down, so that it can be protected by the envelope while the label is visible at the top.

    But with 3.5" disks, there was never any standard. Many disks carried over the orientation of printing the label with the shutter side facing down, but by the '90s it seems that the other way around became more common -- probably because that's the way the HD logo is printed on 1.44MB disks. For example, I've seen Windows 3.1 disks with the labels both ways -- shutter side down, and shutter side up (see below).

    So when you make your own 3.5" disk labels, which way do you prefer? Shutter side down, for conformity with 5.25" disks and easier reading when flipping through disks in a storage box, or shutter side up, so that the label is right side up while putting the disk in the drive?



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    Personally I prefer shutter side down for easy browsing through the case, but this one has been bugging me for a while too.
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    Ditto, shutter down, but it's never bugged me. There are no philosophical, moral or functional considerations. It's merely a very simple A or B choice.
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    The bulk labels I have that actually stick lend themselves to shutter-side up. I sorta see shutter-side down as "slightly better" since the text is the right way around in a typical floppy disk box, but I also don't really care

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    +1 for shutter down and label up. Less prone to get frapped that way.
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    I've got a bunch of 3.5" labels that clearly are printed for shutter down.

    Remember the Altos 8" systems with the disk drives upside down? Confused the heck out of me when I had to use them.

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    I prefer shutter side down too, just because I like to store them in the case that way. Many of the labels that came in the box were made for this direction. I also noticed that many Amiga games toward the 90's that did not use labels but instead printed directly to the plastic also were shutter side down. Of course some of the blank disks came shutter side up in the box, like KAO, and a couple others.

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    Apple did something I've never seen elsewhere: print the HD logo the other way around, to be correctly oriented for a shutter-side-down label:


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    Quote Originally Posted by vwestlife View Post
    Apple did something I've never seen elsewhere: print the HD logo the other way around, to be correctly oriented for a shutter-side-down label:

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