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Comment: Re:Editorializing (Score 4, Insightful) 154

by Nimey (#46832673) Attached to: Previously Unknown Warhol Works Recovered From '80s Amiga Disks

but if the disk was properly stored and was of a good brand

If.

This is pretty typical of Slashdot, really: technical people with some education second-guessing people who do $THING for a living even though they don't have the same knowledge of the field or the circumstances, but by $DEITY they're smart people and they know things, so they're instantly armchair experts.

Comment: Re:What not to do (Score 2) 154

by Nimey (#46832627) Attached to: Previously Unknown Warhol Works Recovered From '80s Amiga Disks

Let me see... I last used a floppy a couple years ago and it was basically single-use: wrote data to it once, got it back off once, then Bad Sector City. Most of that 10-pack of floppies was the same way.

Granted "modern" 3.5" floppies are much lower quality than what we had in the '80s but your assertion that floppies never break is stupid.

Comment: Editorializing (Score 5, Insightful) 154

by Nimey (#46832367) Attached to: Previously Unknown Warhol Works Recovered From '80s Amiga Disks

I would've just stuck the disks in and tried to copy it myself.

Possibly that's because you're an idiot. Floppies and drives degrade just like everything else and taking these extraordinary measures gives a better chance of not permanently damaging something priceless during recovery attempts.

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