Floppy disc sustained smoke damage in a house fire.

December 10, 2011 at 08:14:40
Specs: Windows 7
I recently had a house fire. Some of my floppy disc with saved personally created music won't load due to probable smoke damage. Does anyone know how I can safely remove the smoke from the disc "without" destroying the contents on the disc? Thanks, J.T.

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December 10, 2011 at 09:30:56
How can u store music in 1.40 mb floopy disc? Do u know floopy is antique? thumb drive, cd & dvd discs are very cheap right now.

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December 10, 2011 at 09:40:34
It is not so much the smoke that you need worry about as regards the floppy disk, but the heat. The disk itself is made of a thin plastic material and any kind of heat above room temperature is going to damage it beyond redemption. The smoke will disperse of its own accord, heat damage tends to be permanent.

Even leaving a floppy disk on the window sill in the sun is going to cause it to shrivel so there is no telling what a house fire did.

As kuwese said, anything you wanted to keep should have been transferred to a CD years ago.


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December 10, 2011 at 10:04:39
Hi Music Guy, have you inspected the floppies?

Fully open the slide, then turn by hand and see how the recording surface looks.

Compare against a known good one.

Would think smoke damage alone would not effect the recording surface, only the outside of the floppy. Possibly such that such that the slide is not opening properly when the floppy is placed in the drive.

Please advise back on progress.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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December 10, 2011 at 12:40:19
If there was thick smoke there would be a visible deposir on the surface. Did you clean the drive heads? A layer on the disk will buildup on the heads. You might have to clean the heads every time you insert a floppy. The alternative is too open the floppy shell and wash the floppies.

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December 10, 2011 at 13:37:59
This may give you an indication as to what type of damage other than the smoke the floppys have substained, and if the data can be recovered. Freeware found here: http://www.softpedia.com/get/System... And there is always Unstoppable Copier, freeware found here: http://download.cnet.com/Roadkil-s-... to try to recover those files.

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