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If you used floppy disk storage with your C64, one of the first hacking skills you probably learned was how to double the storage capacity of your floppies. I was thrilled when I first learned that I could double the amount I could store on a 5-1/4“ floppy (as they were valuable commodities to me back then) by simply notching the opposite side of the disk.

There were a few ways you could do this - with a knife, a hole puch, or even a “disk notching tool” that made its way into the market. I simply used an X-Acto knife, as it was the least expensive solution for me, as it was something already available.

To get my hand-cut notch properly aligned, I would put two floppies face-to-face and use the factory-made notch as a template and cut the notch on the floppy below. It wasn't fancy, but it worked. I remember doing this to an entire box of disks one time, later having my mother a little miffed about all of the “little black squares” littering the desk and carpet in my room. Kids! ;o)

It was wonderful, when I discovered this could be done, as floppy disks back then weren't exactly cheap; especially to a teenager with a very limited budget. Having the ability to instantly double the storage capacity of a disk made this little chore to be well worth the effort. And since I was fortunate enough to have a small network of friend, with whom I shared and traded disks with, it didn't take me long to load up any disks I had with games and software.

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