WHAT GIVES WHERES MY FLOPPY THREAD?!?
sorry folks looks like the server screwed up my posting and i'll have to post my idea for home brewed 5.25in floppies all over again (the post eventually appeared several hours later so i deleted it)
ok so where to start (*light bulb appears over head*) i got it if you have a 5.25in floppy get it out and look at it
you'll notice that its pretty simple the first part you will notice is the plastic envelope enclosure thing which is just a single piece of folded plastic with some holes cut in it, just below the surface of the enclosure is a fabric or paper dust trap that keeps the disk debris free and finally comes the hard part the disk each disk has 3 components the iron oxide powder, the disk, and the binding glue stuff the holds the powder to the disk.
now here is my crude theoretical unproven construction process
1. cut out the enclosure(i'm thinking a material like plastic card stock might work) (probable impossible by hand put it under a laser cutter or watter jet if you have one)
2.use 8 dabs of glue to glue the dust trap in place on the side of the enclosure that will come in contact with the disk
3.spray some adhesive onto the disk and bury it in iron oxide powder
4.remove the excess powder and spray it again with adhesive
5.carefully put the disk in the enclosure and fold the enclosure around it gluing the enclosure shut
6.stick it in your floppy drive and format it
i'll have time to try this myself this summer until then feel free the criticize and question my sanity just PLEASE don't suggest buying disks from e-bay, thrift stores, flee markets, online, or any where else for that matter