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    Floppy disks

    Is there anything good in these? I read some where it said the disc is mylar. Anyone know?


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    5.25 and 3.5 discs have mylar-polyester plastic coated with iron oxide according to Google.

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    Absolutely! There is 1.44 megabytes of storage space on them. Use them to back up the data on your computer hard drive.... FOR FREE!

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    That's what my SD card is for. Any cash value?

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    All the ones I get go in the trash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcscrapper View Post
    That's what my SD card is for. Any cash value?
    Probably not if they're used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcscrapper View Post
    That's what my SD card is for. Any cash value?
    Do you know what they are? Have you ever used one? When was the last time you used one? Are cassette tapes worth any money, they are basically the same thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by t00nces2 View Post
    Do you know what they are? Have you ever used one? When was the last time you used one? Are cassette tapes worth any money, they are basically the same thing?
    Late 80's to early 90's we used these to back up phone and voice mail systems. The phone systems only needed 1 but the voicemail/auto attendants needed about 15 to back up the configuration and all greetings and messages.
    We still service older systems that require a 3.5 floppy to back up.

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    A real floppy ...

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    got a confession to make- i read the title as floppy ****s...

    we all make mistakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimicrk View Post
    Late 80's to early 90's we used these to back up phone and voice mail systems. The phone systems only needed 1 but the voicemail/auto attendants needed about 15 to back up the configuration and all greetings and messages.
    We still service older systems that require a 3.5 floppy to back up.
    I suspect with all the additional coding since floppies have been obsoleted, it would strain to hold even a single word document.

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    I have at least a 1000 of the bigger floppies and 1000 of the small ones. Maybe more. Also got a computer that I can use them on.

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    We intake floppies at our facility and send the bulk to a reseller in California. They scrub and refurb undamaged disks for a small but strong demand for them. They cover shipping at Media rates so as long as you have about 200 in the box and ship that way, it's free. They take ZIP and Jazz discs, too. Just remember that blank, unused discs can't go Media Mail.

    If you find floppies of games, OS boots, and device drivers, you really ought to explore online sales. As people try to salvage older machines, they are finding the manufacturers and programmers have long since dumped these older software sets and secondhand copies often do not exist outside of physical media. I have had a lot of luck selling old DOS 3.1 start disks and flight sim games from the 1990's and a friend does a steady business in drivers for Mac machines. 5.25 disks without otherwise collectible content may, themselves, have value to vintage gaming enthusiasts who write to them. They were not as heavily over-produced as the 3.5's which followed.

    As scrap, they are functionally without value, as are tapes. No one I've ever spoken to can extract any valuable metal content from tape or disk. I heard, once, that old oxide tape mylar had a small amount of silver. I've spoken to a couple chemical processors who were patient with my questions but ultimately concluded that the low value of silver, at present, provides no incentive to even bother with exploratory reclamation and that there is likely none to gather, anyhow.



    Data backup tapes like LTO, Travan, DC, etc.. may have resale value with one of the various, online "SELL US YOUR TAPES" processors and I can offer references.

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