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hardware Classic   hardware Classic : Floppy autoloader takes the pain out of archiving 5000 Amiga disks
   posted by Ferry on 3-Apr-2012 15:52:27 (1588 reads)
From Hack a Day

[c&p]Archiving data from old floppy disks can be a tedious process at best. Poorly labeled disks combined with slow transfer speeds put it high on the list of things we would rather not do, and it turns out that [Dweller] was of the same opinion. With an estimated 5,000 floppies in his collection, he finally decided it was time to clean house.


With no idea of what was stored where, he decided the best way to go about the process was to read all of the disks, archiving everything, saving the sorting process for later. He originally started by building a floppy autoloader out of Lego Mindstorm parts, which looked good on paper, but performed pretty poorly.

He came across an old floppy duplicator on eBay and figured that since the machine was built for handling gobs of disks, that it was the perfect base for his autoloader. He pulled the mechanical bits from the machine, incorporating them into the rig you see above. He swapped out the duplicator’s brains for an Arduino, which allows him to batch copy his disks and save a picture of each label with little effort.

He says that the system works great, making his life a lot easier


Includes video of the machine working.
    

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Toaks 
Re: Floppy autoloader takes the pain out of archiving 5000 A
Posted on 3-Apr-2012 16:58:39
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WOAAAH!

this is what i need for my game collection! , someone find me an address to where i can buy one :)

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Re: Floppy autoloader takes the pain out of archiving 5000 A
Posted on 3-Apr-2012 19:37:49
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@Toaks

Looks like one has to gather all the parts and make their own.

In the video I see a 2x4 propping up one end along with other assorted lumber.

One should also use a large waste can under the photo chute so you don't end up having to pick up a big pile of loose floppies.

I must have a couple of thousand floppies too, but I am going to keep my collection intact instead of trashing them like it appears this guy is going to do afterwards.

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A1200 
Re: Floppy autoloader takes the pain out of archiving 5000 A
Posted on 3-Apr-2012 21:00:23
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Very cool! I think now the equipment has been used to archive his collection, he should loan it out so we can all take turns doing ours.







Me first!

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Toaks 
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Posted on 3-Apr-2012 22:15:53
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@moxee

no, he is not trashing his collection.
he just wants to put em somewhere else than in his computer room.

yeah i saw some 2by4's msyself and i actually lolled abit .)

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Re: Floppy autoloader takes the pain out of archiving 5000 A
Posted on 4-Apr-2012 15:46:35
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A perfect disk killer too... and only not to eject the disk to the floor.

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Posted on 4-Apr-2012 18:06:13
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@Templario

did you get the purpose of this nice machine?

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Posted on 4-Apr-2012 19:34:16
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@ramiga
No, but the floppies trying handling gently sometimes are break, with this machine that in&out the floppies, humm, it is to think.

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Posted on 5-Apr-2012 19:34:44
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@Templario

Quote:
A perfect disk killer too... and only not to eject the disk to the floor.


That was my main complaint too. I get the impression that the builder does not care about the future of his floppies. I would not want to trash my disks. I'd drop them onto a cushion of some sort. But the cushion would have to be moving or the floppies would end up piled up on top of each other again. Then, after going to all the trouble of making this automation I would not want to sit there and catch each floppy as it was dropped.

I am sure that there is a solution to this problem, but since I am not planning of making my own version I am not going to waste my time thinking about it.

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Re: Floppy autoloader takes the pain out of archiving 5000 A
Posted on 6-Apr-2012 8:54:42
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Well, sometimes you just gotta move on.

Saying that I realize I need to clean out some things myself, because after my father died and I took over the family farm (well, tiny one) to where I am now I ended with all my own things (computers, books, comics and plastic scale models) AND my fathers things (mostly horse and farm related).

So I'm at a point where I need to stake out my course and throw away something. Luckily I don't have thousands of floppies, though. Still, our guest house is currently a right mess. Actually, now that I think about it, a simple organising session would go halfway towards clearing up the mess

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