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June 9th, 2004

Double-siding single-sided floppies

Here’s a flashback for you longtime computer users: remember how you could buy either single-sided or double-sided 5.25″ floppy disks? Of course single-sided disks (or, if you prefer, “diskettes”) were cheaper and it was a pretty commonly-known fact that the only difference between single-sided and double-sided was the notch in the side of the disk. All one had to do to use both sides of a single-sided floppy was to punch a hole in the right spot using either a plain hole punch or a specialized punching device for doing such. I fondly remember taking one floppy and placing it face down on another floppy to trace where on the disk the hole was placed and then using my dad’s hole puncher to double my capacity.

Ah, the good old days.

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FROM: Paul
DATE: Wednesday June 9, 2004 -- 9:33:48 am
Ah, the 1540! I remember that disk drive! And geez, look how big it is.

I remember that I'd purchased a Suncom disk hole-puncher for this exact purpose, by the way. It was a little hand-held puncher that did rectangular holes, so one didn't have to trace outlines.

Can you imagine that now? "Just punch a hole in the left corner of your 250GB hard drive to double it to 500GB!" But flipping it over to save data would be a pain.

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday June 9, 2004 -- 9:46:02 am
I used to do that for my Atari 800 XL.

A lot of that was driven by the costs of disks back then. Would you even bother today if you could do the same thing with a CD-R?

FROM: Aaron [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday June 9, 2004 -- 6:55:17 pm
I too had one of those specialized hole-punchers for 5 1/4" discs. The one I had wasn't all that hot though, I think the cutting edges wore down quickly. I had to basically hit it with a hammer to punch through the plastic disc casing.

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