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The experiments and floppy disk imaging in Berlin left us pretty optimistic, that our hardware setup for the recovery task, especially the Mitsubishi floppy drive is working properly. We got a stream image of every disk that we can analyze further. Of course we hoped that we would get results by just running the Kryoflux […]

By Dirk von Suchodoletz, posted in Dirk von Suchodoletz's Blog

26th Sep 2016  9:27 AM  114 Reads  No comments

The National Library of New Zealand is looking for an experienced Digital Preservation Web Engineer to lead its web archiving programme. This might feel like job recruitment post, but we’re seeing at as rare chance to talk about how we think about our ongoing digital preservation program, and what happens when we identify a gap […]

By jaygattuso, posted in jaygattuso's Blog

25th Sep 2016  7:45 PM  113 Reads  No comments

The story so far An 8″ Floppy Disk Challenge Digital Obsolescence: Reproducing Floppy Data Cables Spinning up the first 8″ disk Running more informed experiments in the 8″ world Getting desperate: Down to the Physical Layer After confirming as well as we could that our hardware setup of the 8” drive and the adapters was […]

By Denise de Vries, posted in Denise de Vries's Blog

14th Sep 2016  1:45 PM  297 Reads  3 Comments

After we found out about the fdrawcmd and the characteristics of the Nashua and its track 0, we hoped to reproduce it on the relevant disks. Unfortunately no success here. We had to rule out possible problems like: The disks were not formatted at all (because of being backup disks – at least some labels […]

By Dirk von Suchodoletz, posted in Dirk von Suchodoletz's Blog

13th Sep 2016  11:38 AM  130 Reads  No comments

One of the major challenges is the lack of experience with the 8” drives and floppies. Thus, a trial and error was the approach we used. The knowledge needs to be unearthed step-by-step hoping to find the relevant bits and pieces to get the stuff working in the intended way.  In parallel we tried to […]

By Dirk von Suchodoletz, posted in Dirk von Suchodoletz's Blog

9th Sep 2016  8:30 AM  259 Reads  No comments

Inspired by Jenny Micham’s blog post about developing her first file format signature, I thought it would be fun to take a crack at creating one myself. I previously dipped my toe into the world of contributing to PRONOM by looking at a few mis-identifications and multi-identifications, but I had yet to create a file […]

By Andrea Byrne, posted in Andrea Byrne's Blog

8th Sep 2016  9:14 AM  600 Reads  4 Comments

Proceeding with our 8″ recovery project: After a short while the 24V power supply and the cable adapter board arrived from the U.S. Both have power requirements and fit traditional PC power cable sockets. To actually connect the 8” drive without external power supplies the machine should contain a 3.5” floppy disk power connector and […]

By Dirk von Suchodoletz, posted in Dirk von Suchodoletz's Blog

6th Sep 2016  10:33 AM  314 Reads  No comments

Over the last 30 years many hardware concepts came out of use. Parallel data cables are not common any more. They got superseded by fast serial connections like e.g. SATA for traditional parallel IDE. One of the longest lasting standards, the 34 pin floppy controller connector, came out of use too. Fortunately, not too long […]

By Dirk von Suchodoletz, posted in Dirk von Suchodoletz's Blog

2nd Sep 2016  2:17 PM  493 Reads  No comments

A while ago the digital preservation team of the professorship in communication systems got involved in Digital Archaeology and Forensics of some old floppy disks of unknown origin. It was a cooperation with The Archives NZ being asked to identify the content of 5.25” disks. The hardware part – reading the disks and producing images […]

By Dirk von Suchodoletz, posted in Dirk von Suchodoletz's Blog

1st Sep 2016  1:17 PM  642 Reads  No comments

Note: This post includes hexadecimal numbering to represent byte values. Where appropriate hex values are preceded with ‘0x’, e.g. 0xA1B2. Last week was notably busy from a PRONOM contribution perspective so I thought I would share some words about the work, in the spirit of Ross Spencer’s five principles for better information sharing for file format signature development. You can […]

By David Clipsham, posted in David Clipsham's Blog

31st Aug 2016  4:34 PM  750 Reads  No comments