Huge floppy disk

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Mushmouth26 writes – “This is a huge disk I found at work.. Not sure what it was used for.. Probably for recording video, but it is laser disc technology probably used in the late 80’s.. The disk in the middle is the old school 8 inch floppy used back in the 60’s. I am missing the 5.25 inch floppy. The disk on the right is your standard 3.5 inch.”Link.

18 thoughts on “Huge floppy disk

  1. I used those eight inch floppies from DEC back in the days when computers had steam engines and dirt floors.

  2. It’s a sony optical disk, each side has about 2.2 gigs of space on each side, its from the mid/early 90’s. We call them WORM disks for Write Once Read Many, ODIS still offers drivers to use them in dos and i think solaris.

    they are slow as hell to use.. and a real pain but the data on them is still in good condition with only 1 disk having errors out of all the ones i had to read.

    You can still buy a few SCSI drives to read them if you hunt around.. i sure wouldnt want to use it for video at its read speed, i imagine the writes even slower.

  3. The 8 inch floppy shown was in general use until the early 1980s, even though they were designed in 1967.

  4. I used to use those (1992-1996). They held 32000 video images per side, at least the way we used them. You could retreive the images really quickly, so you could play back at near video rate.

  5. I used to use those (1992-1996). They held 32000 video images per side, at least the way we used them. You could retreive the images really quickly — or, uh, quickly for back then — so you could play back at near video rate.

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