--- aliensrcooluk at yahoo.co.uk wrote:
**>> snip <<**
> Yes, you are quite right Chuck.
> The ESF (Exatron Stringy Floppy) drive,
> advertised on the back of most of my issues
> of 80 Microcomputing, didn't last long despite
> the heavy advertising.
> As I understand it, the folks at Exatron
> it would become the new standard for storing
> data. Unfortunately the 3.5" floppy disk (or
> one of similar size) was invented around the
> same time and, obviously, became the new
> The ESF was about x10 faster than a cassette
> and the floppy was much more than that
> (atleast x20?).
> As I understand it the ESF's broke
> a year or so. The thin layer of stuff (i forget
> now, some ferrous material) which was coated
> onto the erm... mylar (?) started flaking off
> rendering the ESF's useless.
> I'm sure I read an article on ESF's about 6
> months ago... hense why I know a bit about
> them. It may have been in an issue of 80
> Andrew D. Burton
> aliensrcooluk at yahoo.co.uk
Yes, I'm replying to my own message!
I did a quick search on google and came up
with 300 links (searching for "Exatron Stringy
Unfortunately, I was unable to confirm what
the ESF's were made of. The sources also
state different increase read/write rates
over cassette drives. Here are some of the
better links (including pics of the unit and ESF):
Andrew D. Burton
aliensrcooluk at yahoo.co.uk