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Questions tagged [data-preservation]

For questions related to data preservation, archiving, and backups.

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FDD data dropouts after changing disks

I'm building a FDD controller out of a $10 microcontroller. It's mostly working pretty well, and I can read both 720kB and 1440kB PC MFM disks (the only ones I have to test with). However... if I ...
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Finding byte boundaries in floppy disk MFM bitstreams

I'm building myself a floppy disk interface based on a microcontroller. I'm successfully reading the bitstream off the disk and (probably) decoding the MFM bitstream into actual bits, based on the ...
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What is the optimal way to store retro computing paraphernalia (games, consoles, accessories, books) on display at home?

When collecting retro computing related items you'll undoubtedly end up with a variety of different items, made from different materials and in a range of conditions. Here is a recent snap of my ...
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Is my opened floppy disk useless now?

I was wondering if floppy disks are ruined if, say, a terror of a 3 year old rips them apart... I had important pictures on a floppy disk. I was doing some spring cleaning and came across it and ...
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Unexpected UL error / List problems Epson HX-20

I have an Epson HX-20 which has been in storage since I last used it in 2013. To my surprise the program I wrote back then is still stored in RAM, and by LISTing it (and checking it against the ...
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Make a BASIC TAP file readable on Linux

I am trying to convert my own BASIC TAP files (containing BASIC programs) to text so that they are readable on my Debian GNU/Linux machine. If I open them as is, I get this, which gives me some hope, ...
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How can I recover the contents from an Amiga HDD using modern Linux?

I have two Amiga 1200's in pieces. One of them has a 52mb HDD in it and on it is my dissertation from 1995 and all my essays. I want to retrieve the dissertation because it's the only surviving copy. ...
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How can I copy files from a Compaq Deskpro?

I have a Compaq Deskpro EN 6266 Deskpro EN PII 266 Computer, pictured below. When I try to insert a 4.7 GB optical disk, the PC stops. When I use a 720MB optical disk it says that I don't have ...
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What is the history of data compression tools on personal computers?

On UNIX, the progression of the most widespread data compression programs was as follows: (AFAIR: Pre System V) compact (suffix .C), dynamic Huffman coding (AFAIR: introduced in System V) pack (...
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How can I convert Epson escape codes to a more usable format?

I have many GWBasic programs peppered with Epson-specific escape sequences (ESC/P). Unfortunately I no longer have any printers that support these escape sequences. Is there any way I can convert ...
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Rescuing data from old audio cassettes

In my recent expeditions to the darkest corners of my garage, I've found a load (there's a pun in there somewhere) of old audio tapes containing Sinclair Spectrum code. These aren't commercial titles, ...
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What exactly is a cycle-accurate emulator?

Emulators such as Higan are cycle-accurate and thus have full compatibility with all existing software. In a 2011 Ars Technica article, much was said about cycle accuracy and how it preserves games by ...
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Magnetic tape data preservation format

What 'virtual tape' image format is most suited for data preservation i.e. can store metadata like density and media type of original tape, presence of data past EOT marker, parity/ECC bits etc.?
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How long will floppy disks maintain data integrity?

This was on CNN today: The U.S. is still using floppy disks to run its nuclear program Which led me to read through this article: Think the floppy disk is dead? Think again! Here’s why it still ...
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How can I take an image of a 50-pin SCSI hard-drive

I have two 50-pin SCSI hard-drives that I need to image. However, after spending quite a while searching across the Internet, I cannot find any adapters to convert the 50-pin connector to something ...