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Anyone need some formatted 3.5" floppies?

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    Anyone need some formatted 3.5" floppies?

    Cleaning out old hiding places in my shop. 90 floppies; 70 DSDD and 20 DSHD. All formatted, written, and verified, but with various paper labels.

    Yours for shipping (USPS Parcel Select from 97405, about 5 lbs.) Payment via Paypal.

    If you want them, drop me a line at vcfblackhole@protonmail.com. If you miss this deal, don't worry. I've got plenty more.

    #2
    This might seem like an odd question, but what colors are they?
    I have more black and grey floppies than I could ever possible need (somewhere around 500 disks total), but I don't have a single purple floppy disk, and I know there are some cool translucent floppies too because I have 2 translucent green ones in my collection.

    I'm a bit of a data Horder, so I have a few terabytes of storage space made up of a combination of hard and solid state drives in raid.
    I like backing up games and programs to my personal storage, but it's fun to keep a physical library of games and programs on colorful floppies with fun hand made labels.

    Any weird or unique floppies?

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      #3
      Overwhelmingly blue with a few gray ones. The HD floppies are all black. These are disks that would otherwise hit the trash, but I thought I'd offer them here. Regardless of what the labels say, they have been formatted and overwritten on all 80 tracks. All test perfect for the entire surface. I discarded about as many that didn't pass muster; most on the innermost tracks. Sony seems to be very bad in that respect.

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        #4
        Okay, no takers. They go into trash Monday.

        Anyone need any used QIC carts? Various sizes - DC600A, DC6150, DC6250, Magnus 1.2, DC2100, Travan 3, etc.? Since those have aluminum baseplates, I'm pretty sure that the local e-recycler will take them.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Chuck(G) View Post
          Okay, no takers. They go into trash Monday.

          Anyone need any used QIC carts? Various sizes - DC600A, DC6150, DC6250, Magnus 1.2, DC2100, Travan 3, etc.? Since those have aluminum baseplates, I'm pretty sure that the local e-recycler will take them.
          I've never heard of those, but from googling they seem to be a type of metal data tape? What were they used for? What type of drive would they use?

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            #6
            Chuck, if no one takes the floppy deal by Sunday, I'll take them off your hands. I figure I could always use some more, especially the low density ones.

            IBM 5160 - 360k, 1.44Mb Floppies, NEC V20, 8087-3, 45MB MFM Hard Drive, Vega 7 Graphics, IBM 5154 Monitor running MS-DOS 5.00
            IBM PCJr Model 48360 640kb RAM, NEC V20,, jrIDE Side Cart, 360kb Floppy drives running MS-DOS 5.00
            Evergreen Am5x86-133 64Mb Ram, 8gb HDD, SB16 in a modified ATX case running IBM PC-DOS 7.10

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              #7
              Originally posted by J. Radon View Post

              I've never heard of those, but from googling they seem to be a type of metal data tape? What were they used for? What type of drive would they use?
              No, not metal at all; QIC stands for "quarter inch cartridge", broadly described here. Famous for disintegrating tension bands.

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                #8
                Originally posted by lutiana View Post
                Chuck, if no one takes the floppy deal by Sunday, I'll take them off your hands. I figure I could always use some more, especially the low density ones.
                I'll keep you in mind, thanks!

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Chuck(G) View Post
                  Okay, no takers. They go into trash Monday.

                  Anyone need any used QIC carts? Various sizes - DC600A, DC6150, DC6250, Magnus 1.2, DC2100, Travan 3, etc.? Since those have aluminum baseplates, I'm pretty sure that the local e-recycler will take them.
                  Can those ship media mail, if so interested.
                  What I collect: 68K/Early PPC Mac, DOS/Win 3.1 era machines, Amiga/ST, C64/128
                  Nubus/ISA/VLB/MCA/EISA cards of all types
                  Boxed apps and games for the above systems
                  Analog video capture cards/software and complete systems

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Chuck(G) View Post

                    No, not metal at all; QIC stands for "quarter inch cartridge", broadly described here. Famous for disintegrating tension bands.
                    Oh man, there I go assuming again. I thought it looked kind of like metal tape in a google images picture, but I see now it looks more like a chrome or ferric tape.
                    Reading up on it it looks super fascinating and I'd love to get my hands on some, but it looks like Unknown_K might've beaten me to it.

                    I love all forms of magnetic tape media. The concept of how these tapes work in particular is really fascinating.

                    edit: I should clarify that I mean it looks like a chrome or ferric tape in composition, I know these clearly aren't audio cassettes.

                    I've actually been really interested in collecting magnetic tape media outside of audio tapes for some time.
                    I've got some HI-8, VHS, VHS-C, and ZIP disks, but I've never really gotten my hands on any form of reel format computer data tapes.
                    Last edited by J. Radon; July 9, 2021, 07:37 PM.

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                      #11
                      I collect tape drives, so having media for them is a plus (especially tapes other then the most common to find mini QIC 80 variety). If chuck has a bunch of those mini carts you can have them, I am looking mostly for the more uncommon types (but would take all if they are getting recycled and shipping is cheap enough).
                      What I collect: 68K/Early PPC Mac, DOS/Win 3.1 era machines, Amiga/ST, C64/128
                      Nubus/ISA/VLB/MCA/EISA cards of all types
                      Boxed apps and games for the above systems
                      Analog video capture cards/software and complete systems

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                        #12
                        Right now, I'm just staring at a pile of things--I've still got to degauss the things (potential customer data). I have some older Tandberg QIC-02 interface drives too; maybe it's time to dump those. My SLR3 and SLR5 drives read those tapes just fine.

                        There may be some non-oxide formulations in those, but I think, by and large they're good old brown magnetite type coatings.

                        Just exploring--I've got a bunch of those things and if they're not useful to anyone, I'll turn them in for metal recycling. You can pretty much bet that the tension bands (other than the ones I've replaced) are all goners by now.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Chuck(G) View Post
                          Okay, no takers. They go into trash Monday.

                          Anyone need any used QIC carts? Various sizes - DC600A, DC6150, DC6250, Magnus 1.2, DC2100, Travan 3, etc.? Since those have aluminum baseplates, I'm pretty sure that the local e-recycler will take them.
                          If nobody else wants them, I'll take the floppy disks. I definitely need more than the 20 I have currently.

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                            #14
                            Floppies have been claimed. Thanks! There will be more in the future.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Chuck(G) View Post
                              Okay, no takers. They go into trash Monday.
                              .
                              Hmmm, I sent you an email (to claim the floppies) to your specified address last Thursday, but never got a reply.

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