Solved How to access seattle filmworks PICTURES ON DISK

December 21, 2017 at 11:06:47
Specs: windows 10
Have several SEATTLE Film Works 3 1/2" square PICTURES ON DISK disks.
One in front of me dated 11-03-95. RELEASE 2.01 w. How can I access them on my Toshiba laptop with windows 10 with a standard cd player. Or are there who can process them for me on cd's or dvd's?

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December 21, 2017 at 18:07:19
"black hard plastic 3 1/2 X 3 1/2 units which have a silver metal rectangle on front and back"

If it looks like this, (irregardless of color) it's a floppy:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipe...

If that's the case, then you'll need a floppy drive (likely an external USB one, see below) and the software mentioned in the aforementioned post to be able to read the types of files on the disks:

https://www.amazon.com/Tendak-USB-F...

A word of caution---assuming they are floppies (never used SFW before), they quite likely would be unreadable if they've not been stored in nearly-ideal conditions. Floppy-media is subject to deterioration over time and unless stored in a dark, cool, dry environment, will degrade even more quickly.


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December 21, 2017 at 12:59:40
Not entirely clear here what thes pics are on... Are they on 3.5 floppies?

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December 21, 2017 at 14:45:25

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December 21, 2017 at 17:29:30
Thanks much for reply. Not sure whether or not you would call them floppies. They are on black hard plastic 3 1/2 X 3 1/2 units which have a silver metal rectangle on front and back which slides to expose what may be the floppy when put into the original reading device. There is also a silver metal solid circle on the back, above the sliding rectangle. Hope this helps i.d. what I've got.
Again, thanks for reply.

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December 21, 2017 at 18:07:19
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"black hard plastic 3 1/2 X 3 1/2 units which have a silver metal rectangle on front and back"

If it looks like this, (irregardless of color) it's a floppy:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipe...

If that's the case, then you'll need a floppy drive (likely an external USB one, see below) and the software mentioned in the aforementioned post to be able to read the types of files on the disks:

https://www.amazon.com/Tendak-USB-F...

A word of caution---assuming they are floppies (never used SFW before), they quite likely would be unreadable if they've not been stored in nearly-ideal conditions. Floppy-media is subject to deterioration over time and unless stored in a dark, cool, dry environment, will degrade even more quickly.


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December 23, 2017 at 11:34:35
Thanks very much for your reply.
Here is what I have: Not sure whether or not you would call them floppies. They are on black hard plastic 3 1/2 X 3 1/2 units which have a silver metal rectangle on front and back which slides to expose what may be the floppy when put into the original reading device. There is also a silver metal solid circle on the back, above the sliding rectangle.
I think that what I need is a player in which I can insert the disks (I notice that there is an arrow on the bottom right side of the disk which I assume is the direction in which I would insert the disk in the slot of the player) Hope this helps i.d. what I've got.
Again, thanks for reply.

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December 23, 2017 at 11:38:53
Mike:
Again, thanks for your quick reply. Before I worry about conversion of formats, what I need is a player in which I can insert the disks (I notice that there is an arrow on the bottom right side of the disk which I assume is the direction in which I would insert the disk in the slot of the player).
Thanks.

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December 23, 2017 at 11:51:16
T-R-A:
O.K.! These are floppies that I have. Thanks for reply and links. If I buy one of these drives, after seeing the pictures on the disks, can I then save them on my chromebook or windows 10 laptop using conversion software others have suggested.Thanks again for help!

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December 23, 2017 at 15:11:04
"..can I then save them on my chromebook or windows 10 laptop using conversion software others have suggested"

Yes, just save them (listed as "Save As/Convert to" in the program) as a different format (.jpg should be pretty much standard across any machine). I'd personally create a new folder on the Win10 machine and save them there. You can use a CD-R/DVD-R or flash media to move them to once you're finished.

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December 23, 2017 at 15:16:15
Just so you understand:

Despite "floppies" being quite solid items, their name goes back to the days before they were encased, when they were much bigger and bendy.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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December 23, 2017 at 15:37:18
- and very "floppy" too...; and some even as large as ten inches in diameter...

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December 24, 2017 at 10:10:18
O.K. Very clear, understandable response. Thanks and back to you with "channeling the spirit of jboy".

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December 24, 2017 at 10:16:51
Thanks for getting back to me with the information about the background of the term "floppy". That's where I was confused, because what I have from SWF are anything but "floppy".

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December 24, 2017 at 10:19:02
Thanks for further info about "floppies".

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