Floppy Disk Imaging and Preservation
At Oxford Duplication Centre we offer a reliable and fast transfer tool for floppy disks using Kryoflux technologies . Its robustness and versatility have made KryoFlux the de-facto standard at many universities, museums and archives around the globe for extracting preservation files for archival purposes.
Using our KryoFlux technology connected to a modern floppy drive (3.5" or 5.25")we can utilise a floppy head to read a floppy disk not as a bunch of data but the actual magnetic flux of the disks themselves. What this translates to, in the vast majority of cases, is a disk image that includes any copy protection, unusual write schemes, or trickery.
Storage capacity: 100KB - 1+MB
Approximate dates in use: Late 1971-1981
Comments: 8" X 8", 1 5/16" hole in center.
Storage capacity: 100KB - 1.2MB
Approximate dates in use: 1972-mid-1980s
Comments: Primary mass storage medium during the early days of microcomputing, including the Apple II, TRS-80, Commodore 64, and the original IBM PC.
Storage capacity: 400KB - 2.8MB
Approximate dates in use: 1982-present
Comments: 3 1/2" X 3 1/2" (actually 90mm X 94mm). From 1995 to 2001 floppy-disk sales declined from 5 billion to 1.4 billion.
12" Optical Disk
Storage capacity: 3.2GB Double-sided
Approximate dates in use: 1985-1992
Comments: Sony 12" write-once-read-many (WORM) magneto optical disk (WDM-3DL0), formatted 1024 bytes/sector, Constant Linear Velocity (CLV).
5.25" Optical Disk
Storage capacity: 600MB
Approximate dates in use: 1985-1992
Comments: Sony Magneto Optical Disk EDM-600B, dual-sided rewritable.
Storage capacity: 650MB
Approximate dates in use: 1984-present
Comments: Although they look the same, CDs have changed standards and file naming conventions several times over the years. Many early disks are completely obsolete, and even current standards are susceptible to change.
Storage capacity: 21MB
Approximate dates in use: 1989-1993
Comments: Floptical: "A type of disk drive technology that uses a combination of magnetic and optical techniques to achieve greater storage capacity than normal floppy disks without sacrificing access speeds." Flopticals were unpopular, largely due to high costs and increased competition from Syquest drives.
Storage capacity: 100MB
Approximate dates in use: 1995-present
Comments: 97mm X 98.5 mm. Iomega later released a 250 MB version of the Zip, as well as the higher-capacity Jazz and Click-disk series.
Storage capacity: 1 - 2GB
Approximate dates in use: 1996-2002.
Comments: Introduced a year after the popular Zip disk, the Jaz disk initially held 1GB of data and was later expanded to 2GB.
Storage capacity: 4.7 - 17GB
Approximate dates in use: 1997-present
Comments: DVD is an optical disc storage media format used for playback of movies and data storage. Although they look similar to CDs, DVDs have a much higher data density because, in part, of shorter wavelength lasers. A standard 4.7GB DVD is single-layered, single-side, while larger capacity disks may be multi-layered and double sided.
Storage capacity: 40MB
Approximate dates in use: 1998-2001
Comments: Iomega's Click! drive, or PocketZip, was intended as a storage system for portable electronic devices such as cameras, PDAs, and notebook computers. Its relatively small storage size and high cost led to a rapid demise.
Sparq Disk Cartridge
Storage capacity: 1GB
Approximate dates in use: 1998
Comments: 3.5" SyQuest Disk Cartridge. The Sparq, along with the SyJet and the EzFlyer, represented SyQuest's contributions to the high-density removable storage field. Shortly after releasing the Sparq, manufacturer SyQuest filed for bankruptcy and was bought by competitor Iomega.
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We are able to recover data from any storage device, such as hard drives, RAID arrays, tapes, memory cards, cell phones, CF cards, flash drives, optical and magnetic media, and much more.
|SERVICES TO CD OR DIGITAL FILES||INFORMATION||1+||5+||10+|
|Iomega Zip or Jaz Drives||Standard Conversion||24.00||20.00||18.00|
|5.25" Floppy Diskettes*||Standard Conversion||30.00||26.00||24.00|
|3.5" Floppy Discs*||Standard Conversion||14.00||10.00||8.00|
|Mobile Phones||Standard Conversion||30.00||30.00||30.00|
|SD Cards||Standard Conversion||24.00||20.00||18.00|
|Digital Data Tapes||Standard Conversion||30.00||26.00||24.00|
|Rare Formats - SyQuest/Amstrad*||Standard Conversion||75.00||75.00||75.00|
|PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME MAC FLOPPY DISCS CAN BE COMPLICATED TO CONVERT. AS SUCH THE PRICE WILL BE REFLECTIVE. WE WILL CONSULT YOU BEFORE PROCESSING.