Floppy discs are still in use nowadays. They are often used as archives (e.g. for crypto keys) and storages in vaults. Machine controls (e.g. in the printing industry or CNC controls) are also stillusing floppies. Attingo developed special methods for restoring data from floppy discs.
The storage capacity of a floppy disc depends on it either being single or double sided. The used magnetic material and the resulting single or double density (recording density) are also important factors.
8 inch: 180 KB up to 1 MB
5 ¼ inch: 80 KB up to 1,2 MB
3 ½ inch: 720 KB up to 3,4 MB, especially the popular 1,44 MB version
The main cause for defective floppies is hardware damage, wear marks to be precise. In contrast to hard drives the read/write heads touch the surface and those touch the case cover, so with the countless rotations wear marks are inevitable. Even the smallest contamintion (e.g. dust grains) on the inside of the floppy can cause massive damage.
Remove the floppy immediately if one of the following problems occurs:
Contact us immediatley for an individual assessment of the damage. Unfortunely many clients try to reconstruct the data on their own for multiple hours before they give up ans contact us, which leads to a removed magnetic layer.
Attingo additionally provides conversion from legacy operating systems.