[rescue] cd-rom rot

Jonathan Patschke jp at celestrion.net
Fri Feb 21 15:20:10 CST 2020

On Thu, 20 Feb 2020, Robert Toegel wrote:

> I still have functioning floppies that are at least 10-20 years old.  Not
> all of them.  As a side light, my favorite is an 8 inch floppy labeled
> "Physics Final Exam with answers".  Used to keep it lying around the
> classroom at the end of the year.

My anecdotal evidence is that most of the floppy disks I bought in the
1980s and early 1990s still have readable data on them, and all the ones
I've tried to read recently are good enough to be usable.

Diskettes that I bought after the mid-1990s are almost entirely trash.
They were getting sector errors already a decade ago.

Jonathan Patschke   |   "The more you mess with it, the more you're
Austin, TX          |    going to *have* to mess with it."
USA                 |                            --Gearhead Proverb

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