Contained herein is the disks sitting in my garage in Tasmania, Australia. This is my SECOND collection of C64 wares as my first collection (disks spanning 1985-1996) along with all other earthly belongings, was destroyed with my house in 1996.
The disks have been converted using WarpCopy (courtesy of Graham/Oxyron) via 1541U+E. Whilst the utmost care as been undertaken to bring all data to PC without any sector errors, there has been a few errored disks. To counter this I cleaned the disks carefully, cleaned the head of the drive numerous times, put the disk into a different jacket, disabled Fast IEC read in WC and tried different drives. Also, I've tried other conversion methods to see if it makes a difference (XE1541 via StarCommander and also 1581Copy via FD2000 drive).
For those archiving and performing the respected duty of reducing the amount of 'missing' or 'rare' wares on sites like CSDb, TDD, mags.c64.org and C64Heaven, if you want me to re-convert anything, just tell me what's on the disk and the image number. Keep in mind, I will wait some time until all requests have been lodged, as I don't want to keep digging through the boxes over and over.
Inspiration? Well, I don't want to see this stuff vanish. It takes some effort, but the reward is everlasting!
Thinking of converting your own disks? DO IT! A collection contains a value as a whole if it is made from floppies/tapes. Info on how disks/releases were spread etc and how many disks users had.
Further as a lot of releases on CSDB, TDD etc. are not very well checked it happends that some files are missing/bad... which is identifed later (think of that level 9 is broken in some game, or maybe just some bad gfx in some level/item).
To my knowledge NO c64-preservation sites DO preserve/consider data in a way so it satisfies the basic requirements that is identified by the task force on archival digital information that made a list of stuff to be considered when digital libraries (archives) are built.... so without the original collections nobody can build a better digital library because we deleted the information that's required.
If all collections are deleted just because all the releases ARE on some site it doesn't mean that they work 100% (or are 100% authentic).
So if you have transfered your own disks/tapes please upload them! - they may contain information or releases (part of maybe) that IS missing and CAN be used to build a better digital library.