What is the best and safest way to ship 8" disk to someone on the other side of the country
I need to ship some 8" hard sector disks to a friend. I want to make sure they don't get damaged and the data is intact.
I was thinking of making a cardboard sleeve and putting them in a bubble wrap envelope and marking it as fragile do not bend. Is there something else I should do like wrap them in foil or something. I really want to make sure this data gets there.
> I was thinking of making a cardboard sleeve and putting them in a bubbleYou see "fragile do not bend", handlers in the mail/parcel system see
> wrap envelope and marking it as fragile do not bend. Is there something
> else I should do like wrap them in foil or something. I really want to
> make sure this data gets there.
"please spindle and mutilate". :) The package needs to be stiff enough
to protect itself. Bubblewrap envelopes have no structure; they protect
from bounces, not from folds or punctures. Other heavier boxes will get
dropped on it in transit. Typically (thank you, Professor Murphy)
they'll land corner first.
Magnetic field strength drops off as an inverse of distance from the
source. Steepness of the curve depends on type of source, but it's
likely to be at least square law. Getting a field strong enough to
damage recorded data over even an inch or two is therefore relatively
unlikely. The easiest way to deal with magnetic fields is to just leave
a bit if distance between the media and the outside of the container.
Not sure what the conventional wisdom is on dealing with stuff like
fluoroscopy, which might be used to examine parcels. Marking the
package "magnetic media" _might_ help, though I'm cynical.
For what it's worth, I've moved several 9-track tapes through mail and
parcel services recently, and not had any trouble.
I have received many floppy disks. Sandwich in cardboard and put them in an evelope.
They are floppy disks, they are allowed to bend a little.
- On 07/24/2014 06:29 PM, joshbensadon wrote:
> I have received many floppy disks. Sandwich in cardboard and put themWell, they used to be allowed to bend a little. Unless they are of
> in an evelope.
> They are floppy disks, they are allowed to bend a little.
recent manufacture, the binders used in most types of floppies are
starting to become a bit brittle, and the media flakes off.
Dave McGuire, AK4HZ/3
New Kensington, PA
> Not sure what the conventional wisdom is on dealing with stuff likeThat's usually what I do. There are official-looking labels available as well (check ULINE). I don't mail floppies often anymore, but I did have unformatted disks show up a few times in the 90's (3.5" HD disks).
> fluoroscopy, which might be used to examine parcels. Marking the
> package "magnetic media" _might_ help, though I'm cynical.
- On Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 08:56:48AM -0700, corey986 wrote:
> Thanks everyone, I guess I'll pack them up and mark them "do not bend"If you don't want something bent put it in a box with plenty of
> and "magnetic media" and hope they make it.
padding to make it real difficult. I ships 8" disks in boxes, not envelopes.
'One disheartening result was that our package received more abuse when
marked "Fragile" or "This Side Up." The carriers flipped the package more,
and it registered above-average acceleration spikes during trips for which
we requested careful treatment'
- A little late, but you can get foam board at craft stores and cut to size. A few layers will really help make the package rigid. Cheapest source I have found is dollar tree shops at $1 per sheet.Knowing how big organizations operate, I've been skeptical for a while that marking anything fragile or magnetic or this side up or anything thing else will make much of a difference. In any case, if you pack properly you shouldn't have an issue.I doubt that most carriers do anything that would affect magnetic media, and if they did, I doubt that you could do anything about it, but in my investigations, I found this interesting tidbit.regards,Mike W.