rich menga books search contact

***Secret FSR Fender guitars? Yes, they exist, and they're right here

Amazon links are affiliated. Learn more.

720k

floppyI never really used floppy disks that much, and only did because I had to and not because I wanted to. And man did it tick me off when they went bad, which happened a lot. Back in the day there was this WWF wrestling game I had for my Commodore 64. It was expensive and I really, really liked playing it. It was two 5¼-inch floppies and then one day the second disk went bad, even though I oh-so-carefully took great care of the disks and properly put them away after each use. I was not happy. Just about all of my other memories with floppies are exactly like the one I just described. The floppy was just notoriously unreliable. It wasn't a matter of if they would fail but when.

Above is a photo I took of a new unused 720k disk I have in my possession. One of three, actually. They're for my Alesis Datadisk which I no longer use. When I bought the thing, the eBay seller was nice enough to provide a 10-pack of double-density disks with it. Why DD disks? Because the Alesis can't use high-density. All that would happen if you chucked a 1.44MB disk into the Alesis is that it would format it at 720k because for whatever reason, Alesis didn't use a high-density floppy drive in the Datadisk.

I wondered if those 720k floppies were still usable, so I attempted to format them. I discovered you can't format a 720k floppy in Windows XP or any Windows beyond that unless you use FORMAT from the command line a very specific way, which is:

FORMAT A: /T:80 /N:9

That formats 80 tracks with 9 sectors per track, and the floppy is at that point usable; you can copy files over to it and whatnot:

image

Why did I bother doing this? a) just to see if I could, and b) they wouldn't be usable in my Win7 box otherwise since that OS cannot format a 720k floppy.

Do I plan on using them? No. In fact the only reason I have a floppy drive in my computer box is because the case doesn't have a cover for the floppy bay. If I didn't have a floppy drive in there, it would just be a big dust-inviting hole.

Come to think of it, I should replace it with a card reader.

EDIT: Bought a card reader. 17 bucks, shipping included. Will arrive before the end of the week. Time to kick that floppy drive to the curb. 🙂

110717

image
Best ZOOM R8 tutorial book
highly rated, get recording quick!

Gibson Les Paul Headstock New and Premium Used Gibson Les Paul guitars are all right here

⭐ Recent Posts

PRS SE EGThe guitar PRS wants you to forget, the SE EG
This is what PRS was making in the early 2000s.

NUX Duotime Stereo Delay Pedal3 solid reasons to use digital delay instead of analog
Switch to digital and you'll enjoy using the delay effect for guitar a whole lot more.

Boss RC-5 Loop Station Guitar Looper PedalWill looper drums ever not suck?
It is amazing that this problem still exists.

The best looking Dean Z I've ever seen
This is an example of when Dean does the Z right.

Black Sabbath - Black SabbathMy favorite Black Sabbath track from their first album
It's not what you think it is.

🔥 Popular Posts 🔥

Gibson MarauderGibson's "Norlin era" electric guitars
Norlin era Gibsons are some of the worst guitars Gibson ever made. Find out why.

PRS SE EGThe guitar PRS wants you to forget, the SE EG
This is what PRS was making in the early 2000s.

Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition Golden 1954 Heavy Relic StratEverything you ever wanted to know about nitro guitar finishes
Is it good? Bad? That depends on your point of view.

Why I still use RAR instead of 7z
Nerdy computer crap time.

Casio F-91WCasio F-91W cheat sheet
A quick guide on how to set the time, date and a few other tips and tricks.

Ibanez AX120 - best cheap SG alternative?
This guitar is an absolute steal. You get a lot of guitar here for a very little price.

Fender American Professional Stratocaster and TelecasterThe final word on Stratocaster vs. Telecaster
The final word on whether the Stratocaster or the Telecaster is the better guitar.