Tech Thursday: Legacy Media Preservation Test

A few posts ago, I mentioned the Woodson acquired several new drive formats, which will be used to digitize our legacy media. Rounding out our collection are:

  • 3.5″ floppy drive
  • 5.25 floppy drive
  • zip drive
  • Jaz Drive
  • Superdisk
  • Ultrium LTO
  • Peerless Storage

Several of these formats aren’t fixed with a USB cable, so we’ll have to find adapters for them, possibly starting with the 5.25″ floppy. In the mean time, I’ve started a pilot program to test out capturing disc images of the media formats we can read on our instance of Bitcurator. I started with the zip 250 drive and tested a zip250 disc and a zip100 disc.



Capturing the disc image was easy. The drive was plug and play, and both zip discs worked perfectly; I was able to capture the data on both.



Next week I’m going to try out the 3.5″ drive. I’m expecting a bumpier ride.




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