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Sealed floppies: Maxell MD2-D (5.25″ DSDD)

 

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Useless but fun blogpost.. Today i got sealed box of Maxell MD2-D 5.25″ mini-floppy disks (formatted 360KB IBM PC/AT/XT) DSDD floppies from a old friend who found them from his office. I thought to take few pictures of the box and do unboxing of it…

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Maxell as a brand for the magnetic products have never been that good.. i’ve had different issues with them in the past from Compact casette’s to 3.5″ and 5.25″ floppies.. their quality was “questionable”. Hope these are old  enough to be from the better era of their production. Or even work.

So i decided to copy one Apple /// game (yes, there are Apple /// games!) to one of them and see if it works.. but before that, i looked in of the box what these boxes contained. It’s been AGES since i bought new 5.25″ floppies. It must have been around 1987 just before i got Commodore Amiga 500 that already used 3.5″ disks. But even with Amiga, i used external 5.25″ drive and boot selector, as 5.25″ disks were much cheaper than 3.5″‘s.

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The floppy boxes contained stickers where you could write contest of the floppy (just don’t it with SHARP pen) and some stickers to cover the write protection notch.

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First thing we did, was naturally to make an another notch so the flip-side of the floppy could be used as not all drives could write bothsides in single-run.

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There. Both sides useable now for Apple II or ///.

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Disk written and to be tested…

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Yee! It worked. Nice. What an smooth scroller there. Great code Andy!

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Too bad i don’t have joystick that would work in Apple ///..

I really like 5.25″ floppies.

 

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Apple /// Forever.

 

Apple IIgs review (cover)

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Apple IIGS was never sold in Finland, only previeved by the press in several publications. Rumors are that only 2-3 units were imported for such purposes (UK models?).

I’ve tracked down atleast one (been trashed in early 2000’s) once owned by Tero Sand, one of the members of the “Omenahyve” user’s magazine staff. More about Tero Sand in later posts.

Apple ][ and /// in Finland.

Here i’ll collect history of Apple ][ and /// in Finland, and why not, some projects of mine as well.

There’ll be posts about Finnish ad’s, manuals, software, hardware and such.

Preservation of software, methods, hardware needed, processes etc.