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Old 07-23-2008, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Moon Over Palmettos
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I recently got a new laptop and just tonight realized that I potentially have a problem if either or both of my older desktops croak! I have a high-end embroidery machine that embroiders designs downloaded or created on a PC using a 3.5" floppy disk that is inserted in a slot on the machine. It isn't a problem right now since both desktops have a 3.5" disk drive but the laptop does not. I thought it would be inexpensive enough to have the dealer upgrade the machine to operate on a USB flash drive which is what a later model of the machine operates on, but the cost to upgrade (at $1,500 on top of a $6K machine) is so prohibitive. Additionally, upgrading to the new machine, using the old one as trade in will still require me to cough up a couple of grand. Besides being impractical, I don't use many of the advanced features of the sewing machine. However, I would want to be able to use the embroidery feature of the machine and download designs for well...another 10 years at least! I have been checking 3.5" floppy drives on various sites with various reviews saying they either go bad prematurely, incompatible with Windows, incompatible with XP, some incompatible with Vista, etc. etc. I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 running on XP Pro. I need recommendations for a reliable external floppy drive that would operate for a reasonable amount of time with minimal use. It would only be to actually hold the embroidery file so the sewing machine could use it. I know they are dirt cheap at $20+ bucks, but I don't want it to die on me when I need it the most, or worse, mess up my laptop. All suggestions welcome...

P.S. If any of them are Plug & Play, have a USB connection, and I don't have to monkey around with drivers and configs, all the better. I am not a techie.
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Old 07-23-2008, 07:50 PM
 
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It's a Sony and has good reviews.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...7232&body=MAIN

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Old 07-23-2008, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Hehehehe.

Us tech folks who still use XP lament the fact that floppy drives are hard to find.

I just have a standard USB floppy drive. Works well for everything I need... but I use it so rarely. Sony is a good brand and makes good products.
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Old 07-24-2008, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Moon Over Palmettos
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Hehehehe.

Us tech folks who still use XP lament the fact that floppy drives are hard to find.

I just have a standard USB floppy drive. Works well for everything I need... but I use it so rarely. Sony is a good brand and makes good products.
You're a poo-poo head for laughing at me!

But yes, I guess I gotta take my chance on that Sony huh? Thanks to both of you for the rec.
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Old 07-24-2008, 12:14 PM
 
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You're a poo-poo head for laughing at me!

But yes, I guess I gotta take my chance on that Sony huh? Thanks to both of you for the rec.
You're Welcome.
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Old 07-25-2008, 01:57 PM
 
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Newegg.com - usb floppy drive, Floppy Drives
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