On Saturday I saw USB connected 3.5" FDDs sitting in Foresoon and was wondering why they were still carrying what is effectively technology that belongs in museums I rather suspect you'd be out of luck for 5.25" drives though.
However, with a small amount of effort I am quite confident that I'll be able to preserve my files & family photos by copying them across "as I go" and ensuring they are appropriately backed up at all times. I still have my university research projects from the 90's in electronic copy, and email archives from the early 90's (although I doubt I will ever look at them!)
I think file type obsolescence could be more of a problem, but standardizing on text, PDF and JPG will hopefully mean any conversions to newer formats should be reasonably painless.
No they're not, but then again they were seen as more reliable than hard disks, which were the only other option 20 years ago (and not an option at all 30 years back). I also find I have some Iomega zip disks - remember them? I'm still using the same email program as I was in 1995, so I have immediate access to all my (home) emails since then (apart from a few months where I had a disk crash and hadn't backed up the mail file recently).
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YouTube - ‪ScanSnap S1300 & S1500 ??????????‬‏
Another option if you really have thousands of pages is to use a fast scanner at work, generate a huge number of PDFs, and then purchase a separate OCR app to do a bulk conversion.
Sony ceased production of 3.5" floppies just this year, apparently they sold 12 Million of them in 2010.
I remember buying Windows 95 which consisted of ~20 floppy disks
I also have a 2.88MB (Wow!!) floppy drive back in Blighty, quite a rare beast.
On jgl's suggestion I found a place in Wanchai CC that has the S1500M. Asking $4,120 but got it for $4k cash. They also had the S1100 in stock but not the S1300. Foresoon have not responded to my email enquiry yet.
Tommy Wong @ R&R Enterprises - shop 240-241 Wanchai Computer Centre