IBM 9331-011 8" External Floppy Drive - eBay 183038271095

Fred Cisin cisin at
Thu Feb 1 19:34:46 CST 2018

>> DOS/Windoze will have absolutely no idea how to understand what is on the
>> disk.

On Fri, 2 Feb 2018, Terry Stewart wrote:
>> Makes me thinks of the time a few months ago when a lab on our campus
> wanted me to read some 8 inch disks in the archives for them.  The IT
> manager said "I think they are IBM-compatible" (and by that he meant IBM-PC
> compatible i.e MS-DOS).   I thought "yea, right."
> They weren't of course.

But, you have to tread very carefully.  Because SOMETIMES [now rarely],
they could mean the PRE-5150 definition where "IBM compatible" meant 
3740/SSSD 8" with 128 byte sectors.
5150 really was a danger to itself and/or others; it totally destroyed the 
meaning ot "IBM compatible" disks.

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