Solved Imation 2HD IBM formatted 1.44MB disk

March 24, 2018 at 11:22:39
Specs: Macintosh
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Is there a way I can view/retrieve data stored on the above mentioned disk?

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#1
March 24, 2018 at 12:02:14
Do you have a floppy drive? Did you try reading the disk(s)?

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#2
March 24, 2018 at 14:39:03
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If your present computers doesn’t have a floppy drive then you can use a usb connected floppy drive.

Likely around on Amazon, Egghead, and eBay for not many pennies.


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#3
March 24, 2018 at 14:39:23
Do you KNOW if there was ever any data written to that 3.1/2" floppy disk?

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#4
March 24, 2018 at 14:46:46
There's a very high probability that a disk of that age will now be corrupt. Floppies were never the most reliable storage medium.

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#5
March 24, 2018 at 19:02:50
ijack, I have 3 1/2" floppies 20 years old that still read OK. Probably depends on how they were stored. I seem to remember that back when they were in daily use that writing on ONE drive and reading on a DIFFERENT drive was sometimes an issue.

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#6
March 25, 2018 at 02:19:05
More for the benefit of those who never used floppies, and may come across this thread...

There were 720 and 1.44 floppy drives. The 1.44 could read/write both size disks, the 720 logically only the 720.

There were reported issues with compatability between both drive styles at times; the critical factor being head alignment which might be slightly “out” on one drive and not another. I seem to recall the toloerance was small, and one might find a given drive with the head biased to one side of that tolerance, and another to the other side.

I think there were ways to check if head algnmen was ok or not, and also (for those willing) guides re’ adjusting the algnment.

There were also brands that were better, more reliable than others. And the bulk of floppies ended up being manufactured in China in later years; both quality brands and the bucket shop, branded types too.

Personally I avoided cheap, unbranded or bucket shop disks, and stayed with better known makes.

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