I'm about to attempt something odd, and before I wasted time going down the wrong paths, I thought I'd see if anyone here has done this before. I have a zip file created in DOS (in 1997?) with pkzip that is spanning several old floppy disks. As expected, some of these disks aren't in the best shape, and I get read errors when trying to copy contents off some of the disks. Is there a pkzipfix equivalent that I can use to restore some of the content of this zip file?
Here's what I'm going to attempt first, but I don't know if this will be fruitful:
- Connect a floppy disk drive to my Linux box.
- Create disk images of the floppies on my hard drive like this:
cat /dev/fd0 > floppyxx.img
- See if someone has ported PKZIP to Linux and see if I can use these disk images. If not, look for Windows port (and maybe connect a floppy drive to that Windows box).
Has anybody here embarked in this type of adventure before and successfully restored an ancient archive like this?