This question is inspired by Retrieving text documents from a 2.0Mb/2.0 HD floppy disk?, which has attracted close-votes for being off-topic.

Do we consider questions about data recovery on-topic?

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If you are recovering data from a retrocomputer or an old medium then yes, this is on-topic.

Similarly, I would suggest that converting files stored in formats that are no longer supported, in order to recover the data is also on-topic.

We already have several such questions that have been well received.

Of course, all such questions would come under the same rules of what constitutes "retro".

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