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JoeUser
Dallas, TX

Posted Sun Jun 09, 2024 8:14 pm

Over the years I've acquired some miscellaneous user group floppy collections from online auctions, scattered amongst other disks in bulk purchases. I'll have to go through the boxes of floppies and cull out the user group disks to get an idea of how many I have. I haven't had a chance to even boot any of them up to see just what's on them, mainly due to lack of free time (explains my absence from this forum, as well).

However, I would gladly contribute to the cause, solely for the reason that they would be archived digitally and also available to everyone, as they should be. You're correct, Eric, in that these disks should be preserved for their historical and human interest value, and to provide a snapshot of time of the past activities of the Amiga community. I truly enjoy the treasure hunt for software, even more so than finding hardware, so I'm always on the lookout for unique and rare software/manuals.

Just let me know how to contribute, I'd be happy to do so.

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Zippy Zapp
CA, USA

Posted Mon Jun 10, 2024 9:23 am

JoeUser wrote:
Sun Jun 09, 2024 8:14 pm
However, I would gladly contribute to the cause, solely for the reason that they would be archived digitally and also available to everyone, as they should be. You're correct, Eric, in that these disks should be preserved for their historical and human interest value, and to provide a snapshot of time of the past activities of the Amiga community. I truly enjoy the treasure hunt for software, even more so than finding hardware, so I'm always on the lookout for unique and rare software/manuals.

Just let me know how to contribute, I'd be happy to do so.
That is cool. Do you have a way to image the disks? Say with a Grease Weazle or something like that?
I think for these type of disks an ADF is fine.

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intric8
Seattle, WA, USA

Posted Mon Jun 10, 2024 12:49 pm

Even something as basic as David Dunklee's excellent "Disk2ADF" program would be great.

I'd be very curious which user groups are represented and quantities. If any of the disks have custom printed (usually via dot-matrix) stickers with their logos, photos of those disks would be tremendous, too. We will be able upload images/logos for each Set - even if a given set = 1 disk.

:disk:

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McTrinsic

Posted Thu Jun 13, 2024 11:43 am

I can also help, I am in Europe though. I have a Kryoflux here.

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A1-X1000
Toronto, Canada

Posted Thu Jun 13, 2024 7:39 pm

cool idea :check: :boing: <3

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JoeUser
Dallas, TX

Posted Thu Jul 11, 2024 7:39 pm

I've got a Grease Weazel, just haven't assembled it in for mounting in its case yet. I haven't even explored creating ADF's, and that would likely be the best way to image individual disks, I would think.

However, once I get the GW functioning the files on each disk can be bundled in a zip file on a PC, then emailed or uploaded. I think if that approach is taken then whomever wants to create ADF's can do so, if desired. Or, if they have a GW then they can simply unzip the contents and copy them to a formatted Amiga disk.

In any case, I need to gather the boxes of floppies I've collected over the past few years and begin to go through them in earnest. I can't believe how many disks I've collected over the past three or four years, but they number in the hundreds. And, they really need to be archived to less volatile media (after verifying that the disks are still readable). Amongst that large collection I know that I have user group disks, just can't recall how many or if they are complete collections (it's likely they're disks from differing collections, no complete sets).





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