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Transit Protector - Floppy Disk Drive, 1986 Object Reg. No: HT 14307

Summary:
The plastic floppy-disk-like object was inserted into a floppy disk drive during transit to protect the heads that read 3½ inch floppy disks. The protector was originally inserted by the manufacturer before transportation.

From about 1986-1991, the donor used to carry a Macintosh Plus in a carry bag from his workplace in the City of Melbourne to the nearest railway station on the City Loop, and upon arrival at his destination, about 1.5 kilometres from the suburban railway station to his home. This was not an uncommon practice at the time and evidences the portability, though limited, of the computer and its penetration into working life as a working tool. Laptop computers were yet to arrive, but were not far away. The yellow plastic disk was always inserted into the floppy disk drive to protect the heads in the drive during transit.

This item is part of a representative collection of hardware, software, trade literature and promotional material that documents the history of the Apple company, and its contribution to, and impact on the computer industry and society.
Description:
A yellow moulded plastic floppy-disk shaped object with a hole
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Noel Jackling - internet Macintosh user group (iMug), 2006
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 3 mm (Height), 90 mm (Width), 94 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: computers, transport packaging
Themes this item is part of: Internet Macintosh User Group (iMug) Collection, Information & Communication Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: equipment
Inscriptions: Side 1 (letters and symbol formed by plastic mould):
Arrow
Insert this way
Caution
Insert this sheet under transportation

Side 2 (letters and symbol formed by plastic mould):
Made in Japan
Manufacturer: Apple Computer Inc, Cupertino, California, United States of America, 1986

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