Building RADD

Finding equipment

RADD’s first pieces of equipment were two Iomega Zip drives that were in a pile in the hall waiting for the trash collectors to arrive. At the time, I wasn’t even planning to build RADD; I just knew that plenty of people still had Zip disks, and I didn’t want Read more…

PROUD and PRAVDA

PROUD: Equipment and software roster

Equipment included in the PROUD digital-data rescue kit: HP EliteBook 8460p laptop computer with power cable, running Windows 7 Professional Forensic ComboDock with all associated cables 3.5″ USB floppy drive 5.25″ floppy drive (TEAC FD55-GFR) in an enclosure, powered by this cable FC5025 USB floppy controller card, attached to 5.25″ Read more…

PROUD and PRAVDA

The problem of FireWire

FireWire is a near-obsolete connection and data-transfer standard. Unfortunately, it is also the best way to capture digital video data from MiniDV camcorders, and many perfectly adequate audio interfaces also rely on it. Normally we would hope for adapters to an up-to-date connection standard like USB, but in FireWire’s case Read more…

PROUD and PRAVDA

PROUD and PRAVDA funded!

We are tremendously excited to announce that the Institute for Museum and Library Services has awarded RADD a Sparks! Ignition grant to build and document two kits, one for audiovisual digitization (“PRAVDA,” for “Portably Reformat A/V to Digital from Analog”), one for digital-data rescue (“PROUD,” for “Portable Recovery of Unique Read more…

About RADD

Our thanks to John Ryan

RADD couldn’t exist without the generosity of the campus and Madison communities. Another example of this generosity was just added into the technology array. RADD uses the Device Side Data controller card to be able to read 5.25-inch floppy disks. Device Side Data used to sell an enclosure for the Read more…

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