We transfer your 3.5-inch floppy disks to accessible files on a USB or External Hard Drive.
Released in 1981, Sony’s 161.2kb magnetic disk wasn’t widely adopted by the market until 1982, when manufacturers agreed to standardize Sony’s design specifications, favouring it over the larger, superseded, 5 1/4" format.
Like its predecessors, the disk format served as a universal data medium in consumer and commercial applications. The 3.5" disk would differentiate itself, from its floppy predecessors, with a rigid plastic housing, and feature a metal slide-out shield that would draw back to reveal the magnetic recording surface during operation. This allowed for built-in disk protection, an improvement over the previous offerings that left a portion of the disk exposed.
During it’s lifespan, Apple’s use of Group Coded Recording, an encoding process used previously in 5 1/4-inch systems, would see the 3.5-inch data capacity increase to 400kb on their Macintosh computers. Later, further improvements would lead to a “High Density” variant that increased capacity potential to 1.44 MB.
Enduring through to the early 2000s, the format retains a visible place in contemporary computing, where the iconic design can often be found serving as a Save icon in much of today’s software.
We have a very rigorous Quality Control process which gives us the confidence to say that we completely stand behind our work and guarantee the results. If there are any issues with the quality or performance of the digital materials created (not having to do with the physical condition of your media) we will reprocess those materials at our expense, no questions / no hassles.
We are overwhelmingly committed to ensuring the Safety, Security and Privacy of our clients information:
“Working with Digital Treasures was a great experience from start to finish. Our company needed to get some digital conversion work done quickly and at high quality and DT delivered on both accounts. They made the whole process simple and stress-free and provided us with a great quality product. We’re already planning to do repeat business converting our old video archive and I would highly recommend their services to others.”
“The David Suzuki Foundation turned 25 years old this week! The Foundation trusted Digital Treasures with 25 years’ worth of irreplaceable archival video footage. Marc and team were a pleasure to work with every step of the way. Professional, trustworthy and an outstanding finished product. Expectations exceeded.
Thank you for helping to preserve and share our history.”
“I have this afternoon received the return of my film and your digital scans. A quick look and I'm thrilled! Thank you so much for the clearly considered attention to my requests.
I'm also recommending you to friends at the Vancouver Art Gallery Imaging Department. More to come, with again sincere thanks for this.”