Does anyone have any experience with www.athana.com?

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Does anyone have any experience with www.athana.com?

After looking a lot I found athana they apparently make disks to order according to the post I found some time back on another forum you just have to order at least 3 boxes. Has anyone dealt with them, and are any of the 5.25" disks usable in the apple 2c?

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Re: Does anyone have any experience with www.athana.com?

Never used them, but I always order from http://www.floppydisk.com/. They even have color disks.

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Re: Does anyone have any experience with www.athana.com?

I had several from early manufacturing:
demanded care while handling:
weak centuring hole without additional hub-centuring-ring....
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Re: Does anyone have any experience with www.athana.com?

I have bought a lot of 8” and 5 1/4 hard sectored disks from them in the past. Never a bad disk and always a pleasure to work with. I think they are family owned.

@speedy, I think my disks had hub rings, but that could be because they were hard sector. I can check later.

Never had to buy soft sectored 8” or 5 1/4 from anyone other than eBay or local hobbyists. They are common enough.

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Re: Does anyone have any experience with www.athana.com?

I have bought literally thousands of disks from Athana (5000 to be exact, about 2 years ago)
The failure to format rate on them is less than 1 per 100 disks. They do not (based on my info from dealing with them) actually manufacture disks any more, at least not 5.25" floppies.
The disks I got were new old stock DSDD manufactured in 1993, sealed in packs of 50 and kept in climate controlled storage since then.
I have less than 2000 of the original 5000 left.

I use them on a regular basis, have sold several thousand without report of any issues and when purchased in bulk (not just 5000, but even much less)
are cheaper than floppydisk.com.

Last batch I bought from floppydisk.com were very brittle enclosures and had a tendency to crack when even lightly flexed. That was over a year ago and I have not purchased from them since, so your mileage may vary. Could have just been some shoddy refurbs.

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That's it...

As far as anyone I knows has been able to find, the batch made by Athana in 1993 were the last 5.25" DSDD floppies manufactured anywhere in the world. Once that batch is gone there may never be any other new ones than the occasional odd box or two of old stock. Nobody is sure if there is even mothballed equipment to make another run or if anyone has the materials to make them anymore... the plastic, liner and most importantly the media itself.

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