floppies

How Can I Crack an Old Floppy Password?

floppies

Episode 1614

Mike from Riverside, CA

Mike resurrected an old computer to look through some old floppies, but they're password protected and he can't remember the password. Leo says that if Mike can figure out how he password protected it, that could give him a clue. But floppy disks weren't normally password protected. So it's an odd thing for a password pop up to happen. It may be possible to examine the disk using a Linux computer. That could lead to being able to read it. But not for very much longer, as Linux will not support floppies moving forward.

How can I get data off old floppy disks?

Floppy disks

Episode 1169

Flo from Olathe, KS

Flo has a bunch of floppies from an old IBM Word Processor that her mother used for writing during the 90s. Her mom has passed away now, and Flo wants to know how she can get them off and onto something she can use. Leo says that it's going to be a challenge, especially since the age of the floppies could make it hard to harvest the data since it's non-standard. DataRecoveryMasters.com may be apple to help Flo. An expert who specializes in data recovery is likely Flo's best chance.

Where can I find a USB powered 5 1/4" floppy drive?

Episode 1080

Torry from Floyd, VA

Torry has been a programmer since he was a kid and he has a bunch of 5 1/4" floppy discs with his original programs on it. Where can he get a USB drive that can read them? Leo says that at this point, eBay may be the best bet. But it's quite possible that he may not be able to get one that's USB powered. The challenge is going to be that it uses a serial interface and he'll have to have an adapter in order to get it to work.