8 inch floppies

Chuck Guzis cclist at sydex.com
Fri Dec 13 19:01:31 CST 2019

On 12/13/19 4:41 PM, Fred Cisin via cctalk wrote:

> But the variant types don't invalidate your hypothesis of what system,
> any more than finding a few extraneous Macintosh diskettes in the box
> for your Windows disks.  I assume that you are right, but there are some
> others thrown in.
> ("How the hell did those get mixed together?")

I wasn't looking very closely, just spitballing.  Without the physical
media, that's really all that anyone can do.

A couple of years ago, a customer sent me a batch hard-sector 8" disks
to process.   Try as I might, I couldn't get the start of sector data to
match up with the sector holes.

It was then that I realized that the customer simply purchased HS disks
to use on his soft-sector setup.  Some 8" drives allowed for jumpering
to bring out the Index and Sector signals separately.   Ignore the
sector signal and you've got a soft-sector disk.

Stuff happens.


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