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 Post subject: Floppy Disks
Unread postPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 12:08 pm 
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Hi I was just wondering how many of us still use floppy disks of any size fairly regularly? I find them to be a lot more durable than CDs and especially useful if you dont need a large amount of storage space.

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 Post subject: Re: Floppy Disks
Unread postPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 12:24 pm 
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I recently obtained a 5 1/4" external floppy drive. Tried a few old floppies that have been boxed for...over a decade. They all worked perfectly. Tape is supposed to be the best and most durable backup. MO would come in at second.

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 Post subject: Re: Floppy Disks
Unread postPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 12:29 pm 
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My dad unfortunately before we moved from Germany back to the States made me clear out our floppy collection down to just 10. The 2 or 3 times I've needed one to boot up into DOS for bios updates (before I found HP's USB Thumb Drive formatting tool and before you could update your bios inside the bios) it would have come in handy, but nothing else since.

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 Post subject: Re: Floppy Disks
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I have Turbo Pascal 3.0, Turbo GameWorks, Turbo Editor toolbox, the database toolbox, and a couple of others of the Borland book and 5.25 inch floppy series.., and I have a working 5.25 inch floppy drive and some Amigas with some stuff on 3.5 inch floppies but mostly its all emulation and dragging stuff across the lLAN, burning BluRays and DVDs.


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 Post subject: Re: Floppy Disks
Unread postPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 5:46 pm 
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I got myself an ordinary Mitsumi 3.5 Inch drive a couple weeks back, needed it to revive my mylex 160 card - which could not be detected by any OS, then when I switched it (jumper) to configuration mode it said the checksum was wrong and I needed to flash new firmware - for such an old card 3.5 drive was a blessing.
Other than that I had no use for it (yet).
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 Post subject: Re: Floppy Disks
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I still got shelves of disks. I still use them on a regular basis too for moving files around.

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 Post subject: Re: Floppy Disks
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First Linux distribution I used in the early 1990s came on 50 floppies..


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 Post subject: Re: Floppy Disks
Unread postPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 4:16 am 
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I have a pack of 10 used for reflashing alpha firmware when it decides to throw in the towel. Other than that, no need. As for reliability, they are horrible, but perhaps that is my (one remaining) drive.

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 Post subject: Re: Floppy Disks
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I still got shelves of disks. I still use them on a regular basis too for moving files around.

I used to move small files around from my indy to my O2 using 3 1/2" floppies (my o2 has an external scsi floppy unit), but the indy's floptical drive recently decided not to load floppies anymore. I believe it's a mechanical problem because the floppies don't "catch" when you insert them all the way in - they just get ejected back out. I've tried blowing out the flopptical drive with compressed air, but no go. Anyone else have this problem and know how to fix it? :?

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 Post subject: Re: Floppy Disks
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I am still using them, they are the standard way to update the BIOS and firmware of the old server I use in the lab. In fact, I bought a box with ten a month ago :D.

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I still boot my 8086 with MS-DOS on 5.25" 360K floppies regularly - use it as a serial console. Works like a charm... my old 'master' disk died last winter after basically 20 years of use, in a flurry of CRC errors. Still have a box full of them left (QuickBasic! Fortran77! Writing Assistant! GEM Desktop! :D) so that machine isn't going out any time soon... :D

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have a few apple II games on floppy... that's the only thing with a floppy drive here. I looked at those compactflash boards but decided part of the charm of such an old machine is the old clunky floppy drive whirring around while waiting for the game to load. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Floppy Disks
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I have several boxes in storage, with hundreds of floppies for MSX computers. Most of the games and programs are in Japanese language though, so no idea what they are all about.

I have only briefly tested some of them, but there seems to be lots of picture disks and games/programs intended for the bigger boys included.


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 Post subject: Re: Floppy Disks
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It would appear that a good portion of us still use them. They are really useful for small file transfers or saves, especially if you dont want to waste a CD or DVD or cant use flash memory. Does anyone here use magneto-optical discs by any chance?

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They're also the perfect size for checking the alignment of iron sights (and your eye) at 100 yards.

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