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Old 03 April 2007, 14:49   #1
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Cheap sources for DS DD disks in UK?

I have a couple of questions on floppy disks, apart from Amiga specialist sites, can anyone recommend a good source for cheap DS DD disks? Do any main chain stores still stock them?

Also, how risky is reformatting HD disks down to 880K? A lot of sites say don't do it, however as DD disks are getting scarecer (and pricier) people may be forced down this route.

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Old 03 April 2007, 14:58   #2
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don'y bother using HD disks as they are not very reliable when formatted to 880kb
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They occasionally pop up on eBay and I think there is a UK based firm that still makes them, can't remember the name so you'll have to google it.
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don'y bother using HD disks as they are not very reliable when formatted to 880kb
It's not that bad. I've been using a couple when working on Hombre and had no problems (yet ). It's true that getting DD disks nowadays is difficult but they do show up on auction sites from time to time (was lucky enough to get a hold of four boxes (10 disks each) still shrink wrapped for a price you normally pay for HD ones a couple months back). You just need to keep your eyes open...
I think amikit.com have some... but the price

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Not in the UK, but at least it's a source of new disks for reasonable-ish prices.

http://www.smrsoftware.com/disks.htm
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It's not that bad. I've been using a couple when working on Hombre and had no problems (yet ).
For a short-term project they might be okay, but seriously i'd advise against using them for something more permanent
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Old 03 April 2007, 19:45   #7
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For a short-term project they might be okay, but seriously i'd advise against using them for something more permanent
However, I've been using them on my Amiga for about 7 years now and I've very rarely had problems.
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Yup, the biggest problem I've ever had is finding something to stick over the HD hole so some drives don't get upset
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Old 03 April 2007, 20:40   #9
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Hi I know this is a amiga specialist shop but it does sell DD at a reasonable price

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http://amigakit.leamancomputing.com/...23da77f46e0af8
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Yup, the biggest problem I've ever had is finding something to stick over the HD hole so some drives don't get upset
Yeah my external drive needs that or it spits the disk out in disgust. Not much of a problem though really.
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Seek and you may find... Seriously tho guys, don't buy them all, I'd like some too.
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Yup, the biggest problem I've ever had is finding something to stick over the HD hole so some drives don't get upset
I'm using tesa film. Wrapping it around the edge so that it covers the hole on both sides.
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