This Floppy Autoloader Will Archive All Those Floppy Disks You Almost Certainly Don't Have Any More

I'm something of a retro technology hoarder myself, so I've got plenty of appreciation for hacks that enable you to sort through your old stuff. There probably aren't too many Giz readers out there with five thousand floppies any more... but if you do, have we got a gadget for you!

MAKE has the details on this sweet Floppy Autoloader, built around a floppy disk duplicator and an Arduino; as it processes and copies each disk, it takes an archival photo. I appreciate the hackery involved, and the utility of easy hard drive access, but there's part of my brain that still misses that distinct chunking noise the Amiga floppy drive made while accessing... or for that matter, spiralling into a Guru Meditation Error. [MAKE]


    While I miss the chunking noise too.. after running this thing every waking hour till I'd read the disks.. I was quite glad when it ended.. plus the insert/eject mechanism was pretty audible throughout the house.. you could tell when it'd run out of disks in the hopper by when you had more than 5 minutes of silence =)

    Arr yes that reminds me of the days when our drafting software would arrive on 23 floppy discs. Took most of a day to install. Now it's down the Internet and despite being many times larger installs in just a few minutes.

      Visual Basic 3 (or was it 4.0) arrived on 30 disks

    What a great solution to an extremely long and boring task!

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