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Old 03-27-2014, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Scranton
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I can't even imagine why I would use windows 3.1 in a virtual machine. I think they are going out.
I do have VM's with DOS 6.22/Win3.11 and every version of Windows to Win8. I made them mostly for nostalgia and to show my kids how it used to be. I also fire up a Win 9x VM every now and then to see how long can I run it before I get a BSOD, followed by Windows berating me for not shutting down the PC properly. Makes me glad that we live in a post-DOS era.
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Old 03-28-2014, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Floppy drives (not disks) go for a few bucks on eBay.
The only ones getting bids are the USB Floppy drives. I have one of those at work, too, just in case. But traditional drives? Dead....
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Old 03-28-2014, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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The only ones getting bids are the USB Floppy drives. I have one of those at work, too, just in case. But traditional drives? Dead....
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Old 03-28-2014, 11:55 AM
 
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I don't use floppy drives no more I have been using sd cards and blu ray discs. and i'm getting to the point now of not even using optical discs no more
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Old 03-28-2014, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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Don't just throw them out, you could get a fine. You should check to make sure you state doesn't have a special program for disposing computer supplies.
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Old 03-28-2014, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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By using floppies, I assume you meant writing various information/files on them, correct? If that's the case, then I would say I haven't used one since probably 2006 when I transferred a number of files from an old Dell with Windows 2000, no R/W CD drive, to a newer one. Both of which have floppy drives.

I've also used the floppy drive on the same newer Dell to boot it on a Suse Linux platform just last week.

For the time being, I rarely use them, and I'm sure once I convert my Dell Dimension 4700 to a Linux platform, the likelihood of using them is very remote.
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Old 03-28-2014, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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I have an old (2003) laptop in a box somewhere that has a removable floppy drive.

That's the last machine I bought or built that has one, and I haven't actually used a floppy since probably '04 (we had an older application we sold / supported that booted from floppies, but replaced all of them with flash drives).
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Old 03-28-2014, 07:53 PM
 
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i still use floppys on one of my keyboards (musical instrument)

i also still have 2 machines with floppys, one is an old beige box w/ traditional 3.5" other is a mitsumi combo floppy/card reader on like an xp machine (floppies on computers minimal to zero use unless tinkering with old stuff)
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Old 03-28-2014, 11:22 PM
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Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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UMMM, I really would toss them....but then again, some people still have typewriters also.

On a side note, I saw a modern boombox in Walmart today........a boombox that has a cassette player, HUH???
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Old 03-29-2014, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I used to keep the floppy drive to store my user names and passwords and it was perfect for that. More secure that way since I can pop it out and leave it in the slot.

Since I've built a new system there's not even an external 3 1/2" bay on the case so the floppy drive is history. Even my CDR/DVDR drive hardly gets used anymore but only to watch DVD movies.
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