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    Default Making 8" physical diskettes...

    Looking for another set of opinions;

    I have everything I need to produce actual diskettes, theoretically, for just about any 8" drive from images.
    The question is, do you think there is a market for the service?
    Yah, Nay, Maybe?

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    I never encountered much need for the service.

    People want to get away from floppies, really. We have computer users today who have never even held a floppy, much less an 8" one.

    There are a few folks transferring images to emulators for, say, CNC, but you'd better know the equipment and the market.

    So you can produce disks for, say, a Memorex 650 8" drive?

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    Id say the need will always be there just for demonstration. Id buy a few boxes but I think you would lose money on the venture.

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    Some guy has sold a few sets of 8" disks for big TRS-80s:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/TRS-80-Mode...IAAOSwU7JeSAVx

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    $40 for a set of 3 8" floppies doesn't really make much of a profitable venture, does it? You have to wonder what kind of shipping will ensue for $5.

    IIRC, the last bunch of 8" floppies I was asked to duplicate were from a Fairchild Sentry 700 ATE box. That was a few years ago.

    On the other hand, I'm asked to recover data from 8" floppies quite frequently. The original equipment usually no longer exists. But this also entails converting said data to a modern format.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Druid6900 View Post
    Looking for another set of opinions;

    I have everything I need to produce actual diskettes, theoretically, for just about any 8" drive from images.
    The question is, do you think there is a market for the service?
    Yah, Nay, Maybe?

    Thanks
    you mean you can create the proper magnetic surface on the mylar sheets and punch them with the proper holes?
    Dwight

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Elvey View Post
    you mean you can create the proper magnetic surface on the mylar sheets and punch them with the proper holes?
    Dwight
    I clicked on this thread hoping for that, and was let down


    Chuck, you can send floppies via USPS media mail which is super cheap and has the same quality tier as first class.

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    I see people on eBay regularly selling freshly written boot disks for things like Apple II and Kaypro machines. Those are usually hobbyists trying to help other hobbyists.

    The thing that would worry me would be idiots who pulled a bug-infested rust bucket out of a storage shed and expect just plopping in a floppy disk will magically make it work. Even on a well preserved and maintained machine, guarantees can be difficult.

    Also, there are many oddball formats out there. I'm not aware of anything other than vintage machines that can properly write hard-sectored media. I would expect some non-MFM/FM 8" formats (especially anything like GCR) to be headaches. Then there are the odd TPIs. So practically, you would limit yourself to systems and models you are familiar with.

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    RX02, "DEC" MFM, HP/Intel MMFM... Lots of strange encodings, even if soft-sectored media is being used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxtherabbit View Post
    Chuck, you can send floppies via USPS media mail which is super cheap and has the same quality tier as first class.
    But not new/blank ones. This rate is for disks with some useable data on them only.
    PM me if you're looking for 3" or 5" floppy disks. EMail For everything else, Take Another Step

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