Introduction: Edge-Labeling Floppy Disks

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Today I will show you how to make labels for floppy disks using masking tape that reach around the back edge. This is handy because then you can see what the disk is when it is inserted into its drive.

Materials needed:

- Diskettes
- Masking tape, I used 3/4" wide
- Exact-O Knife

NOTE: I designed this so that it would not get peeled off and stuck in the drive. However, if this happens to you, or something else does, and it damages your floppy drive and/or diskette(s), I am not responsible. Same goes for working with the Exact-O knife. Be careful!

Step 1: The Tape

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I used plain white 3/4" masking tape for this, but wide and narrower would work. You want to get a piece just wider than the diskette itself. 

When putting the tape onto the disk, I used the top of the write-protect hole to line it up. If you are doing this with 1.44MB floppies instead of the 800k ones i used you can use the hole on the other side as well.

Step 2: Making the Tape Stay

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You now want to rub the tape down on the top, then fold it down over the edge tightly, rub it down, then fold it down onto the bottom and rub it down again.

Step 3: Cut Off the Excess

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Next thing you want to do is to cut the extra tape off of the sides. I recommend using an exact-o here and not just using scissors to cut the extra hanging off the floppy. 

 Cut along the ridge where the factory label is supposed to go, so that the tape doesn't stick out above the floppy. Then peel off the little bit on the sides.

Step 4: Label It!

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Finally, you want to write on the tape. For this I recommend using a pen or a pencil, some tape has a waxy stuff on it that will make markers smear. I used a pen that has liquid ink instead of the normal ballpoint pen stuff.

For writing on the edge, i suggest using a fine-tipped pen, a very steady work surface and hand, and patience. Take your time on each letter, it helps!

Step 5: Final Thoughts

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These disks had old DOS games on them originally, with the labels marked accordingly. If you can get hold of the real labels, like the ones in picture 3 (the disks for my SCSI hard drive) then use those instead. 

Comments

DarkStarPDX (author)2010-08-18

Well, I wanted to write something funny about nobody using floppy disks anymore, but then I saw that it was being demoed on a Macintosh SE. Since I think there are more people using floppy disks than the Mac SE, my joke is hereby defeated. I remember doing this on my floppies about 20 years ago! :-)

Jfieldcap (author)2014-09-22

Hurray! Someone else who uses floppy disks. I use mine on an NEC Multispeed, 1986, runs MS-DOS. Wish I had a Macintosh SE.

ZeroXL91 (author)2011-03-19

I do adore that Macintosh.

Reffner (author)2010-08-19

I wish I had that Mac!

metalman1138 (author)2010-08-18

Whoa floppies...come to think of it i don't use CDs or DVDs anymore either. Good instructable though. Very concise.

Kasm279 (author)metalman11382010-08-18

Thanks, this was my first :D

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