Running out of time, my floppies are in retirement and waiting to die... how do I rejuvenate them?
Posted on 2004-08-19
I want my floppies to outlive me. I want my grandkids to be able to play the games (using the ORIGINAL floppies) that I used. But the average life of a floppy properly stored and cared for is 10-30 years, most of my games are at the 20 year mark. I won't settle for backing up onto new floppies or CDs, I want to be able to enjoy the originals with their cute labels and the feeling of having an original disk. My questions are:
1. Can't I just format the disk and reimage it thus "creating" a new copy? I realize that this is restoring on the logical level and not actually restoring the physical condition level, but isn't data corruption on floppies a case of the magnetic particles becoming unaligned? So if I reformat and reimage, doesn't that extend the life?
2. Can I degauss the disk somehow (and how?) and induce a field onto it (how?) to restore it's original magnetic properties?
3. Is there a way I can permanently LOCK the particles in place so they will never shift again?
Please be prompt, looking at my huge collection of DOS games and realizing that every one of them is like a grandparent on life support and waiting for a cure for old age is heartbreaking, when some might only have days left....