It isn’t every day that I get a call about recovering data from a floppy drive that isn’t mounting, but I am always excited to try to recover important data that has aged to perfection. In this case I was contacted by a gentleman who had a short story that he had written over 20 years ago that was on a floppy disk that wouldn’t mount on his computer. I told him to mail-it in and I would do my best to recover the data.
Once it arrived I inspected the media and it looked good… but after plugged it in, I found that, sure enough, it wasn’t mounting. I also noted the seek noises sounded receptive (as if it wasn’t finding the data it was looking for in order to mount the volume). I did have access to sectors on the media if I started at the end of the disk, so I started a slow imaging scan in reverse. That initial scan got back most of the sectors, but I completed a few more passes to make sure I got all the sectors possible from the drive.
Once the imaging was complete, I scanned the image with UFS Explorer Pro, and sure enough there were the short stories! I was also able to recover some additional data that was stored on the floppy drive. For the first time in a very long time, I was able to email all the info to the customer. All 1.4MB of it. My client was very pleased with the results and was excited to have the data back.
I think there are two reasons I like working with older media like this.
- It is fun to remember the good old times. Growing up, floppys were standard, so working on one brought me way back. Basically, every part of the process is a shot of nostalgia.
- Getting the data back from old media is like opening a time capsule! There is something really fun about it.
If you have a floppy drive or other old media that you need recovered, please contact me by filling out my quote form or giving me a call. My phone number is (620) 615-6836. I don’t have the equipment necessary to recover from some older media forms, but I would love to help you get the data back off of any media I am able to work with.