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Windows 7: Brain Cramp! What floppy drive to get!

11 Jul 2011   #1

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Brain Cramp! What floppy drive to get!

Help! Massive brain cramp! Found a zillion OLD floppies and looking to buy an external USB floppy drive to view them...but so many have bad reviews about working with Windows 7. Any advice about a good one?

The biggest problem I have is really this....OLD computer with Windows 98se (don't laugh...) has files, photos, etc. I'd like to transfer to my new computer running Windows 7. Of course...old computer does NOT have a CD...the transfer cables I have tried don't work with Win.7...and no floppy drive on new computer...AND no internet access on old computer....Ugh....

Have pity.....


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11 Jul 2011   #2

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I really wouldn't waste time with floppy disks and tracking down a drive. If your Windows 98 box has a network interface card just set up a share that you can access from your Windows 7 machine, and throw all of your files in there. Connect the two computers with an Ethernet patch cable, and access the share. Way faster than floppy disks.
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11 Jul 2011   #3

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Another option I thought of (This one may require a little more work). Windows 98SE has USB support, you could always put everything on a USB flash drive and then use that to move them to your Windows 7 box. The only tricky thing might be finding a USB flash drive that has drivers for Windows 98.
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11 Jul 2011   #4

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Best idea may be a USB docking station. If you have USB 2.0 port you just plug it in and it's a holder for a standard Sata internal drive. The USB 2.0 docks are being sold cheap because USB 3.0 is making them semi-obsolete. Still it's good for stuff like set top boxes and allowing you to plug an internal drive into your computer via the dock. Internals are faster and cheaper than external USB drives.

Copy all your floppies onto the drive in the USB dock. Then plug the dock into the new PC. The old USB 2.0 docks should work with everything. A USB 3.0 dock may be backward compatible depending on the make.

I have a USB 3.0 card in my PCs and man what a difference!! I use WD 6 Gb/s internal drives and they are faster than my internal system drive on both machines! Even my Seagate USB 2.0 external showed an increase in speed of about 18% just because it was plugged into a USB 3.0 PCI express card.
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11 Jul 2011   #5
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You could try putting the Win98 HDD in your Windows 7 box and copy those files that way. As for the floppy drive, most any of them will work. You won't be using it for a long time and should work for your purpose.
You could also take your CD/DVD drive and try putting it in the 98 box, providing it has the right header to connect to.
did you try a Windows 7 Easy tranfer cable?
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12 Jul 2011   #6

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Thanks for the advice all. Yes-I did try an easy transfer cable, and not compatible with Windows 98se (wouldn't you know...) I'm sure one of these things will work...now if I can just pretend I know what I'm doing....
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12 Jul 2011   #7

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12 Jul 2011   #8
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ssguardian View Post
Thanks for the advice all. Yes-I did try an easy transfer cable, and not compatible with Windows 98se (wouldn't you know...) I'm sure one of these things will work...now if I can just pretend I know what I'm doing....
...as many of us do that.
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12 Jul 2011   #9

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

It's way easier to get a docking station for $20 something bucks. You'll find uses for it besides this. You unplug the USB cable and plug it into another PC instead of opening the box. Just search the online discount stores and look at the reviews. A brick & mortar store will tend to try to get you for double and it may be obsolete at that as they unload old stock.

A quick search and I found several under $20.
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12 Jul 2011   #10

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Just take the hard drive out, plug it into your Windows 7 machine and transfer the files. Easy as can be, and free.
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