Centech Color Floppy Diskettes: The colorful solution to data organization
A small tribute to CenTech Floppies.
It was 1991 when I received a set of these as a gift for my birthday and they immediately became the highlight of my collection. I used them every single day until 3 1/2 floppies and PCs took over the Atari world.
I found these floppies to be beautiful, rugged, and well… they were definitely easy to find among hundreds of black companions.
The drive was an Atari 1050, the computer: An Atari 800XL.
My very favorite programs were stored in these disks: I chose the red one to store my own creations in BASIC.
I remember using the green one as well when the red one started developing bad sectors (although not surprisingly since each of these was heavily used every single day).
I also remember that light brown was devoted to “The home filing manager”, where I retained a catalog of the other floppies.
These photos depict my current collection, although the original collection consisted of Red, Dark Brown, Light Brown, Green and Gray.
Update June 2019: I was finally able to complete the collection with the remaining colors, including light and dark brown, brick red, light blue and gray.
My current collection.
Anyway, 20 years later I started to look for the remaining ones on the surface of the planet and managed to get a hold of two sets, totaling 20 of these beauties.
I always liked the photos they used for both ads and the cover of the box. I managed to try the setup myself!
Magazine Ad. Byte Magazine, Volume 11.Source: Archive.org.
Quick! Find the Accounts Receivable File.
Another Magazine Ad I was able to find in Byte Magazine from 1985. Byte Magazine, Volume 10. Source: Archive.org