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View Poll Results: I think the more convinient is a
Floppy disk 2 25.00%
Flash card 6 75.00%
Voters: 8. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-01-2018, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Vienna, Austria
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It was convenient to press the real button to unplug a floppy disk. Now we have to move the mouse pointer, press a few virtual buttons and wait for some time to return a flash card. Why haven't the producers developed a comfortable way to unplug a flash card?
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Old 05-01-2018, 03:42 PM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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You're joking right? There was a recent post comparing Win 98 to Win 10 and that was a joke IMO.

Do you prefer the capacity of a 5.25" inch floppy at 360k? a single density 3.5" at 720k or a double at 1.44mb?

Even a 1GB flash drive which is way outdated will hold over a thousand floppies worth.

By the way, you can just eject your flash memory depending on your settings.

Quickly remove USB devices without using Safe Removal
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Old 05-01-2018, 04:05 PM
 
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I don't think I have ever used the safe removal except for external HD's. The only issue I'm aware of is if you are writing data and remove it before that has been completed.
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Old 05-01-2018, 04:39 PM
 
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The only time I think floppies were more "convenient" was close to 30 years ago when you could fit DOS 3.3 with some diagnostic programs onto a single floppy disk.

And I challenge anyone during a write cycle to just pull out a floppy disk too.

My vote is 100% for solid state over magnetic media.
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Old 05-01-2018, 05:21 PM
 
Location: SE corner of the Ozark Redoubt
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The one thing I miss about floppy discs
is buying a box of ten of them for $5
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Old 05-01-2018, 05:35 PM
 
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The only time I think floppies were more "convenient" was close to 30 years ago when you could fit DOS 3.3 with some diagnostic programs onto a single floppy disk.
Not sure if it's all of them but you can get command prompt while using a windows install/recovery CD/DVD/USB. There is also something like Knoppix with is bootable from CD/DVD/USB, I've also downloaded specific tools packaged with a lightwieght *nix OS also bootable from CD/DVD/USB.
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Old 05-01-2018, 05:41 PM
 
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The one thing I miss about floppy discs
is buying a box of ten of them for $5
You can buy a 16GB USB stick for $5, you would need 11,000 floppies.... LOOOOOOOOL

Most 2 megapixel images would not fit on floppy....
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Old 05-01-2018, 06:30 PM
 
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This thread is memory lane! Don't forget the 8" floppies, and the 20MB hard drives!
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Old 05-01-2018, 06:46 PM
 
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Not sure if it's all of them but you can get command prompt while using a windows install/recovery CD/DVD/USB. There is also something like Knoppix with is bootable from CD/DVD/USB, I've also downloaded specific tools packaged with a lightwieght *nix OS also bootable from CD/DVD/USB.
Understood...note I was talking 30 years ago. When DOS 4.x came out you needed 2 floppies
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Old 05-01-2018, 06:49 PM
 
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This thread is memory lane! Don't forget the 8" floppies, and the 20MB hard drives!
I missed the 8” era but have fond memories about the Seagate ST-225. That was back when Western Digital made controller cards and you had to low level format the drives.

IIRC the command in Debug was G=C800:5.....
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