In getting ready for a project that involves a ~30 year old computer, I found myself working through a heap of old 3.5" diskettes. Simple mount it, make sure it's blank, and do a trivial I/O test; repeat that a few times on several and do a heavy I/O test on a few. To make the process go faster, I wrote a quick shell script so I could cycle through the heap.
Signs that I am getting old may include:
- Finding 720 K diskettes mixed in with the 1440 K floppies.
- Remembering what Double Density (DD) and High Density (HD) means.
- Finding unlabeled MS-DOS 5.0 upgrade disks among the 720 K collection.
- Wondering if I'm the only one who used to label their damn disks.
- Wondering how much a pack of floppy disk labels costs nowadays.