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 PostPost subject: Write protect your floppies!        Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:51 pm 
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An increasing amount of offers and uploads come with scans of floppies with write protection set to off.

Write protect all your floppies at all times!

Especially before scanning and dumping the floppies. So many floppies come with the dreaded IHC tag (what did you think Microsoft?) which could have been prevented with properly write protected floppies. And it's also a major pain to request rescans because you didn't bother write protecting. You always put the discs back into your covers? Then please always write protect your floppies.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Write protect your floppies!        Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:02 pm 
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I feel that it's a bit late for such a warning, as the damage such as the infamous IHC tag has most likely been already done years ago when the respective floppies were in active use. Not to disagree though.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Write protect your floppies!        Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:07 pm 
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Imagine if there was a flyer back in the late 80's or early 90's that said "WRITE PROTECT YOUR DISKS!". Probably not. Look at what happened to that Windows 1.00 beta. All mucked up. Only 1 disk works.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Write protect your floppies!        Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:26 pm 
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I think mrpijey warn this now because Windows 10 can easily corrupt an original floppy media. It creates System Volume Information automatically to EVERY writable media including floppies, which is really annoying.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Write protect your floppies!        Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:27 pm 
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DiskingRound wrote:
Imagine if there was a flyer back in the late 80's or early 90's that said "WRITE PROTECT YOUR DISKS!". Probably not. Look at what happened to that Windows 1.00 beta. All mucked up. Only 1 disk works.


That was likely overwritten on purpose, whereas this topic warns primarily about accidental writes, such as the IHC tag.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Write protect your floppies!        Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:30 pm 
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I'm using a KryoFlux to dump my floppies, so the whole "IHC" fiasco doesn't apply to me. It's mainly a "all scans should look the same" type of thing, which I basically agree with completely, but if I happen to forget to set the WP on some floppies, it does not make any difference for my dumps :)

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what is an IHC Tag? I'm a little out of the loop so some info would be nice


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what is an IHC Tag? I'm a little out of the loop so some info would be nice

This should give you a pretty decent explanation
http://www.os2museum.com/wp/the-ihc-damage/

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 PostPost subject: Re: Write protect your floppies!        Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:54 am 
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Darkstar wrote:
I'm using a KryoFlux to dump my floppies, so the whole "IHC" fiasco doesn't apply to me. It's mainly a "all scans should look the same" type of thing, which I basically agree with completely, but if I happen to forget to set the WP on some floppies, it does not make any difference for my dumps :)

It does apply to you in a sense, if you don't write protect your floppies before you scan them then you will call down the wrath of the FTP admin :).

Either way it's always good to have write protection set, regardless where you use the floppies. If the software can write back data then every means should be taken to make sure that the software can't write it in case something goes wrong.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Write protect your floppies!        Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:46 pm 
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DiskingRound wrote:
Imagine if there was a flyer back in the late 80's or early 90's that said "WRITE PROTECT YOUR DISKS!". Probably not. Look at what happened to that Windows 1.00 beta. All mucked up. Only 1 disk works.

Actually well-informed people used to write protect their disks in the early 90's due to how common DOS viruses were.
However you needed to be alert all of the time because when you bought new software, the disks were usually delivered with writing enabled.


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