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Old 06-27-2017, 09:00 AM   #11
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Said Old Timer specifically mentioned said tape erasers as useless for HDD's ....

   
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Old 06-27-2017, 01:05 PM   #12
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hugh: see my note about magnets
Thanks! I did and it's most interesting...


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Old 06-27-2017, 03:49 PM   #13
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Over the years we've heard some interesting background on hard drives from him; things like keeping the heads clear of the disk surface at extraordinary tolerances to why defragging and parking the heads are no longer relevant.

Just did some searching and John Treder is his name. Here's a thread he joined in.

   
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Thanks for the link...will take a look...



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Old 06-29-2017, 06:31 AM   #15
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Always trust your friendly (if somewhat crusty) neighborhood Old Timer.

   
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Old 06-29-2017, 08:47 AM   #16
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Like a well-baked baguette you mean?

   
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Old 06-29-2017, 12:37 PM   #17
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Which, bless Cafe de Paris, I just had for lunch. Yum!

   
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Old 07-05-2017, 04:57 PM   #18
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Hugh,
Reading your message I was thinking I could take the drives along with me for my MRI in the morning - but I'd hate to mess up their machine. They might want me to pay for it!

I was surprised that my artificial knees are OK in the MRI but I guess titanium is not conductive enough to be a problem.

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Hugh, I've tried to get back in but even though I have re-registered every time I go back AOL wants a new registration. My original membership was through an old email address that is no longer valid so I can't return to it.

Oh well. I just found that about half the weight of what we brought home last trip are old C programming language books. We're going to see if a programmer we know would be interested.

We did find a bunch of never opened 3.5" floppy packages - my husband took them to his brother who sold them on eBay - he offered them too cheap and they sold instantly and he made $200 in 10 hours. I just found four more unopened packs so they are going to my BIL along with some old still sealed software.

One of the coolest things I found was a manual (with 5.25" floppies) for PC-Write - the 1988 version of the manual with nice artwork that includes cats. I'm keeping that - it is just too neat and is in nearly mint condition.

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It's not the conductivity (or lack of it). It's that it's not going to be attracted by the magnetism generated by the MRI that makes it safe. The floppies, on the other hand, might leap right out of your hands.

   
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