Hello @wilkie, Just curiosity (may be a dumb one) -- do you take (physical) floppy disks for archiving? I've quite a few of them. 😀
@salimrezanewton yes, I do! not a dumb question at all. a few people have already donated their disks to have them imaged and publicly archived.
@salimrezanewton re: imaging
a floppy disk stores information by magnetizing a ferrous material in some pattern that encodes digital data. it is actually an analog format, so imaging it means recording the signals the magnetic head reads (the "flux": strength of the magnetic pull) as it turns.
I have dedicated hardware that will read a floppy image in real time and record the flux pattern. (analog image means it is a 20-40MiB file vs. 720K/1.44MB disk!) I have a few different drives as well.
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