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There is no "set" number, but in general, I think after 75-100 uses, floppies tend to get a bit flaky. Some folks say that CD-RW media tends to die after a few uses, I truthfully haven't used mine enough to be sure if that's correct.

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christ, ive got some floppies ive had for nearly 3 years and used a LOT. and my dad had them for a few years too. again, used a hell of a lot. run like a charm they do.
 

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redoak said:
How many times can you 'delete' files from a 'floppy' or CD and then proceed to write new files to them before the disk becomes unreliable? Thanks. {redoak}
As far as floppies go a lot has to do with how they are treated. I worked in a college computer lab with students who had to save all their work to floppies. Some of those disks really got thrown around and others, kept in boxes designed to store them seemed to last longer. The biggest problem was the casing splitting (usually the students who treated them as if they were made of iron had this problem). Leaving them in extremes of temperatures (like in the car in summer) will bring them to an early demise also.
 

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another thing that hits those floppys is microwave radiation of any sort. Just put a floppy full of data on top of a microwave oven thats working for a few minutes and see what happens. one unreadable floppy disk (or any type of disk for that matter) coming right up!

and would sir like that with crushed ram sticks or roasted cpu?

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another thing that hits those floppys is microwave radiation of any sort. Just put a floppy full of data on top of a microwave oven thats working for a few minutes and see what happens. one unreadable floppy disk (or any type of disk for that matter) coming right up!

and would sir like that with crushed ram sticks or roasted cpu?

lol
This is NOT caused by "microwave radiation" though, simply by a huge magnetic field from the oven's power supply transformer erasing the disk.
 

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Again, many thanks for the responses. I worked 30 years at a college; I can relate to the comments of "golddust." {redoak}
Hey, you from Schenectady? We almost moved up there about 30 years ago. Hubby put in for a transfer from his P.O. to the Schenectady P.O. but then the Watervleigh Arsenal had a major layoff and had to take those workers first. We were living down on Long Island at the time.
 

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"g": Small world. I am originally from Valley Stream, LI. First came to Sch'dy in 1947 for college. Returned in 1954 after stint in the army. Moved out of the city in 1965 to my place here in West Glenville. {redoak}
 

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"g": Small world. I am originally from Valley Stream, LI. First came to Sch'dy in 1947 for college. Returned in 1954 after stint in the army. Moved out of the city in 1965 to my place here in West Glenville. {redoak}
Lived in VS when we first got married (area behind the Porterhouse Restaurant located on corner of Central and Merrick) - from 67 to 71. Moved out to Selden, LI then.
 
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