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Saving floppy disc damaged by rust?


fourstarpetrol

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fourstarpetrol

I have an old floppy disc from which I am trying to retrieve the files/data. However, the circular metal bit has rusted. I have taken apart the disc with the intention of transplating the magentic tape into a new floppy disc. However the rust seems to have gotten onto the magentic tape. Is there any way of salvaging the data or is it completely screwed? Could I remove the marks on the magentic strip using isopropyl alchohol?

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I wouldn't use alcohol, personally I would try a light vegetable oil to see if that dissolves it into a suspension that can be then washed off gently with dish soap, to avoid scratches from 'dry' alcohol

Basically I think you want to 'lift' it from the surface rather than try and rub it off

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1 hour ago, fourstarpetrol said:

I have an old floppy disc from which I am trying to retrieve the files/data. However, the circular metal bit has rusted. I have taken apart the disc with the intention of transplating the magentic tape into a new floppy disc. However the rust seems to have gotten onto the magentic tape. Is there any way of salvaging the data or is it completely screwed? Could I remove the marks on the magentic strip using isopropyl alchohol?

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That's a very interesting problem you have there.

To my way of thinking, if you are to stand any chance of retrieving the data at all - and it's probably a slim one - then you need to use the most gentle method possible. 

My first idea - and I'm brain-storming here - would be to try rinsing the disc very gently in a dish of distilled water and letting it dry naturally afterwards, resisting the temptation to wipe the water residue off the surface when you remove it from the water.

I don't know if what I am suggesting is harmful or not, but I would think it is less likely to be than any method using solvents or detergents - no matter how mild they might be.

Sorry if this is not very helpful, but it's all I can think of...

 

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if it's a million quid plus in bitcoins good luck....actually I think I'd already given up on floppies by then, dat is sum old tec bro :S

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If the data is valuable then contact a data recovery specialist to see what they say and how much it may be. They may offer some free advice on how best to proceed if you deem the data not worth their fee.

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fourstarpetrol

Thanks all for the replies. Just to add some context, I found this floppy disc when exploring an abandoned building recently. I've no reason to think it contains anything that interesting or valuable, but I was just curious to see what may be on it.

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15 hours ago, fourstarpetrol said:

Thanks all for the replies. Just to add some context, I found this floppy disc when exploring an abandoned building recently. I've no reason to think it contains anything that interesting or valuable, but I was just curious to see what may be on it.

Was the building any good?  Any decent photos? 

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fourstarpetrol
3 hours ago, Loki said:

Was the building any good?  Any decent photos? 

Yeah, it was an interesting explore. I didn't take any pics unfortunately. I like going for long walks and doign an impromtu explore of any abandoned or derelict place I come across.

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1 minute ago, fourstarpetrol said:

Yeah, it was an interesting explore. I didn't take any pics unfortunately. I like going for long walks and doign an impromtu explore of any abandoned or derelict place I come across.

Same here but it's rare to find anywhere in the South East

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