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Wanted - Banana branded 5.25” floppy discs

Post by Lardo Boffin » Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:12 pm

Hi

BITD I had a bunch of banana branded floppy discs. :lol:
I quite liked the happy yellow look of them...
I recently bought a C64 disc drive which came with several of these and reminded me that I used to have some.
If anyone has any they don’t want then I would like to buy them please! Ideally I need in the region of 20 but any would be good.
Thanks

Lardo
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Re: Wanted - Banana branded 5.25” floppy discs

Post by CMcDougall » Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:23 pm

I had a few of these BITD too :)

just a word of warning, copy everything off them quick,
as the 'side2' goes backwards to the cotton cloth cleaner inside the 51/4" case, so
basically all the crap caught in it then end up coming out when playing other flip side :(

i copied all mine to normal,

can mind also making them myself with a stanley knife and some cardboard to make
extra hole on other side... 8)
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Re: Wanted - Banana branded 5.25” floppy discs

Post by Lardo Boffin » Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:46 pm

Thanks!
Can’t quite get my head around whether it will still be an issue if used in a double sided drive (its late and I still sorting boxes after moving house)? I will most likely be using them as CPM discs which are not flipped over.
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Re: Wanted - Banana branded 5.25” floppy discs

Post by fuzzel » Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:11 am

I was a regular buyer of banana discs, they must have advertised in the Micro User.
Is my memory playing tricks or did they smell of bananas (a marketing gimmick) ? Or maybe the plastic had a strong smell.

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Re: Wanted - Banana branded 5.25” floppy discs

Post by Lardo Boffin » Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:22 am

fuzzel wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:11 am
I was a regular buyer of banana discs, they must have advertised in the Micro User.
Is my memory playing tricks or did they smell of bananas (a marketing gimmick) ? Or maybe the plastic had a strong smell.
I can’t honestly remember but that kind of thing was cool to do in the 80’s so maybe! I have fond memories of sniffing copies of Strawberries by the Damned. Although to be honest they didn’t really smell of strawberries.
The discs I have now don’t smell of anything pleasant now. [-X
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Re: Wanted - Banana branded 5.25” floppy discs

Post by VincentVega » Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:45 pm

My dad had a bunch (!) of these; he wouldn't let me anywhere near them. I had to make do with Parrot and the like (I've still got my old Parrot floppy drive box, though I have no idea how the discs inside are doing, nearly thirty years later).

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Re: Wanted - Banana branded 5.25” floppy discs

Post by Coeus » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:05 pm

CMcDougall wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:23 pm
just a word of warning, copy everything off them quick,
as the 'side2' goes backwards to the cotton cloth cleaner inside the 51/4" case, so
basically all the crap caught in it then end up coming out when playing other flip side :(
Presumably two extra holes - an extra index hole and an extra write protect notch. Was anything else special about them? Yellow plastic sleeve maybe? I am just wondering if one could create something similar by printing a bunch of coloured labels (and the cut-outs if you must).

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Re: Wanted - Banana branded 5.25” floppy discs

Post by CMcDougall » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:16 pm

Coeus wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:05 pm
1) Was anything else special about them? 2)Yellow plastic sleeve maybe?
1. no
2. just a yellow case, & it did not smell of Bananas either :lol:

will get a pic of mine on Saturday , unless someone already has a pic....
... just checked google pics, & none :shock:
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Re: Wanted - Banana branded 5.25” floppy discs

Post by Lardo Boffin » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:55 pm

Its just a nostaliga thing to be honest.

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I have vague memories that they came in a nice happy yellow box as well.
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Re: Wanted - Banana branded 5.25” floppy discs

Post by CMcDougall » Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:21 pm

Coeus wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:05 pm
Presumably two extra holes - an extra index hole and an extra write protect notch
yip :
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