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Windows 7: Which external floppy drive do I need?

21 Apr 2014   #1
Ukdodger

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Which external floppy drive do I need?

Both my inbuilt floppy drives no longer work after my son installed a solid state hard drive. Which works great but I would like to put some games on my desktop PC. However being a novice I have no idea which external floppy to buy. It all gets confused around 3.5inch floppys (which I dont have. I want one for the larger modern floppys) and those that wont work with W7 (which I do have). I'd be extremely grateful is anyone could just point me to a link having the drive (one that plugs into the USB port) I need. I'm in the UK. Many thanks


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21 Apr 2014   #2
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/251226491386

sorry about the mobile link im on my phone.

the largest capacity floppy is 1.44mb which just abiut any floppy drive made in the last 20 years would be sufficient

I actually remember when the 1.44mb floppies came out and I was dying to get the extra 0.2mb!! oh nostalgia!!
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21 Apr 2014   #3
Ukdodger

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badger906 View Post
USB 2.0 Portable External Floppy Drive Disk For Laptop Desktop Netbook Brand NEW | eBay

sorry about the mobile link im on my phone.

the largest capacity floppy is 1.44mb which just abiut any floppy drive made in the last 20 years would be sufficient

I actually remember when the 1.44mb floppies came out and I was dying to get the extra 0.2mb!! oh nostalgia!!
Thanks Badger so does that mean that 1.44mb is the same physical size as the floppy drives in my PC?
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21 Apr 2014   #4
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

it does indeed. 1.44mb is the largest size floppy disc that you can purchase.
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21 Apr 2014   #5
bigmck

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ukdodger View Post
It all gets confused around 3.5inch floppys (which I dont have. I want one for the larger modern floppys) and those that wont work with W7 (which I do have).
I don't think there is anything as a "Modern Floppy". They are not used much these days. The 3.5 inch floppys are the 1.44 mb which was mentioned above. Are you sure you are not talking about a CD instead of a floppy?
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21 Apr 2014   #6
Ukdodger

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ukdodger View Post
It all gets confused around 3.5inch floppys (which I dont have. I want one for the larger modern floppys) and those that wont work with W7 (which I do have).
I don't think there is anything as a "Modern Floppy". They are not used much these days. The 3.5 inch floppys are the 1.44 mb which was mentioned above. Are you sure you are not talking about a CD instead of a floppy?
Thanks Big. Isnt a floppy the things that games come on? A disk that measures 120mm in diameter. They must have more than 1.44mb on them? Are they 'CD's? They are what I mean.
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21 Apr 2014   #7
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ukdodger View Post
Both my inbuilt floppy drives no longer work after my son installed a solid state hard drive. ...
Instead of jumping to an external, why not determine why your internal drives no longer work? It could be something simple such as that a cable was knocked loose during the ssd install. There isn't anything about an ssd install that should prevent your internal drives from working.

Even if you have to take it to a shop it would probably be less expensive than buying an external and you would have 2 working drives instead of just one.

For clarity, which of these are we talking about?



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21 Apr 2014   #8
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Floppy drives are obsolete and are rarely found on modern systems. Only very old systems would have more than one. They have a capacity of only 1.44 MB which is much too small for modern software. To install modern software you need a DVD drive which is very different.
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21 Apr 2014   #9
Ukdodger

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ukdodger View Post
Both my inbuilt floppy drives no longer work after my son installed a solid state hard drive. ...
Instead of jumping to an external, why not determine why your internal drives no longer work? It could be something simple such as that a cable was knocked loose during the ssd install. There isn't anything about an ssd install that should prevent your internal drives from working.

Even if you have to take it to a shop it would probably be less expensive than buying an external and you would have 2 working drives instead of just one.

For clarity, which of these are we talking about?



Thanks Strollin. The top one.

Are they that expensive then?
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21 Apr 2014   #10
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

OK, we're talking about a CD or DVD drive, not a floppy. The external drives aren't particularly expensive, around 19.99, but why buy one if your existing drives are still good? Do you want a drive that can burn disks as well as read them? Here's a link to the UK Amazon site listing external optical drives: http://www.amazon.co.uk/b?ie=UTF8&node=430559031
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