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Old 03-29-2014, 02:42 PM
 
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Yes! I do. They're handy to have around, and a convenient small-scale way to carry around a document file.

It wouldn't surprise me if they have a small comeback now, since with security issues people are getting warrior about sending things online.
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Old 03-29-2014, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Scranton
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Try doing this with a flash drive.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmoDLyiQYKw
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Old 03-30-2014, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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I have some old three and a half inch floppy drives that I have been keeping around and wonder if I can throw them out? Does anyone out there still use floppy drives?
No. USB pen drives are cheap enough, and offer tons more storage.
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Old 03-30-2014, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Wooster, Ohio
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I have a 3.5" floppy drive installed, but do not use it much. The best way to update my motherboard bios is with a floppy, but it is an old board and Asus is not making any more updates.

I remember when I had a dual 3.5" / 5.25" floppy drive. In preparation for upgrading to a motherboard that did not support 2 floppy drives, I copied all of my 5.25" floppys onto 3.5" floppys.

Do you remember when firmware updates had to be done from a DOS boot without memory managers? This was done with a DOS boot diskette that contained the firmware and the flash program. I just updated my DVD firmware from Windows XP. Times have changed, I guess.
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Old 03-31-2014, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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I run fdisk, kill disk, ghost, and memory checkers from a floppy disk.
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Old 03-31-2014, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I'm blown away that anyone still uses these... 1.4K... could't even hold ONE photo.
Anything anyone is using a floppy for can be done a different, and most times, easier way.
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Wandering.
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I'm blown away that anyone still uses these... 1.4K... could't even hold ONE photo.
Anything anyone is using a floppy for can be done a different, and most times, easier way.
Agree completely.
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Old 03-31-2014, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Wooster, Ohio
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Actually, it is 1.4M, not 1.4K. The 5.25" diskettes held 1.2M. Our first computer had a 20M hard drive, so you could have backed up the entire drive with only 2 boxes of diskettes.
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Old 04-01-2014, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Yea, that was obviously a typo. But the gist is the same... pics from my crappy cellpohone average about 1.6K... err.. 1.6M.
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Old 04-01-2014, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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I've also used an Iomega Zip drive some 14 years ago, which came with a computer I ordered from Dell. The media's storage capacity back in the day was around 100 MB, which was a giant step up from the 1.4 MB on floppies, but like the 3.5" floppies, Zip drives fell out of favor mainly because of CDs and DVDs in the early 2000s, plus the disks were not exactly a very cost-effective method for storing a lot of data, compared to what you can store on CDs back then, and later with DVDs, and USB drives.
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