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Tue Apr 15 02:40:06 UTC 2008
On Mon, 2008-04-14 at 17:10 +0100, Anne Wilson wrote:
> On Monday 14 April 2008 05:44, Fred Erickson wrote:
> > On Sun, 2008-04-13 at 20:10 -0500, Mikkel L. Ellertson wrote:
> > > Anne Wilson wrote:
> > > > I need to wipe some floppies before disposal. I have a usb LS-120
> > > > drive that I used to be able to use with linux, but it looks as though
> > > > the drivers may no longer be in the kernel - it is of the vitage of zip
> > > > drives. Or maybe I just need some extra packages installed? Can
> > > > anyone help me get this working again?
> > > >
> > > > Anne
> > >
> > > If you have a large quantity of the disks, consider using a bulk
> > > tape eraser, if you have one, or a magnet if you do not. It is much
> > > faster, and does a better job. The erase heads on a disk drive are
> > > not as wide as the write head, so you leave recoverable data behind.
> > > (Something about not damaging adjacent tracks.)
> > >
> > > Mikkel
> > And if you're really paranoid, take the disks outside, place them on the
> > ground, point a lit propane torch at them. Crispy critters in no time at
> > all :)
> > Fred
> I may well just physically destroy these disks, but all the same, I'd like to
> get the device working again. There have been times when I found I needed
> something that is on a floppy somewhere - and I still have some of the 128MB
> disks with old data on. I'd have to access them to get them transferred to a
> CD. It's just a useful fall-back device.
> Ah well - another time, when there's nothing pressing :-)
I had one of those things once, Annie. Mine ran so hot that the disks
got hot, and finally it died... <sniffs> Ric
My father, Victor Moore (Vic) used to say:
"There are two Great Sins in the world...
..the Sin of Ignorance, and the Sin of Stupidity.
Only the former may be overcome." R.I.P. Dad.
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