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Windows 7: Anybody need some 3.5" floppies???

09 Dec 2010   #11
msdos622wasfun

Windows 8 Release Preview x64
 
 

I say we petition the hardware vendors to bring back the 8" floppy! Who knows, maybe they can find a way to squeeze just as much as a Blu-ray disc on there!

3.5", 5.25", 8" floppies, record albums, 8-track tapes, rotary phones, VHS, cassettes ... it has all come and, if not completely gone, slowly fading away.

I know that some people still use them when they have to boot to a bare minimum or do BIOS updates ... seems like that's one of the main reasons that they still hang around to a small extent.

I do so love the colors of these floppies, heh ... red, green, blue, yellow ... it really brightens things up. But that suggestion about donating them is a good idea ... I might have to consider that.

So is Apple to credit for weaning us off them? As far as I understand, it was the original iMac that said goodbye to the 3.5" disk.
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09 Dec 2010   #12
Luckystar

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM + SP1
 
 

I actually have two brand new boxes, 20 in each, and an open box, bout the same amount.

But got fed up with the floppy drive looking so ugly and i just use a USB stick for everything, even a BIOS update. So just chucked the drive in the box under the bed and got a card reader instead.

Though, they were handy for the time and at least the disk inside was covered so almost better than a CD/DVD disk in some cases.

Lucky
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09 Dec 2010   #13
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

I was always partial to the green and yellow floppy disks.

There is tons of cool stuff you can make with them, your imagination is the limit:

Gallery - 10 things to do with floppy disks : Shiny Shiny
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09 Dec 2010   #14
Joan Archer

Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit
 
 

I've got a load of them here but my machine doesn't have a drive, my XP machine does but they're never used.
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09 Dec 2010   #15
strollin

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fantail View Post
We have an old phone system at work ( getting replaced next year ) that runs off a 386 and OS/2. ...
Hey Fantail - Is that old phone system an Edify system by chance?
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09 Dec 2010   #16
msdos622wasfun

Windows 8 Release Preview x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LiquidSnak View Post
There is tons of cool stuff you can make with them, your imagination is the limit:

Gallery - 10 things to do with floppy disks : Shiny Shiny
Some of those ideas were really cool!
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09 Dec 2010   #17
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fantail View Post
We have an old phone system at work ( getting replaced next year ) that runs off a 386 and OS/2. What system back then didn't have a floppy? Hey, who else remembers a breif stint of drives that could read the 3.5's but also took super-disks that were 1.2 gigs if memory servs?
Don't I wish 1.2gigs if that had been the case they would have really taken off. They were 120meg. We bought a bunch of machines with them so that when we had to boot our Virus Cleaning Disk we had enough space. At one point we were using 3 1.44meg disks, so the 120meg was nice. We only bought them for about 8 months because then CD-Rom prices really dropped.
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10 Dec 2010   #18
Nickmix

Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 64-bit.
 
 

They are needed when updating the BIOS. The safest way IMO.
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10 Dec 2010   #19
Fantail

7 x64 | 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fantail View Post
We have an old phone system at work ( getting replaced next year ) that runs off a 386 and OS/2. ...
Hey Fantail - Is that old phone system an Edify system by chance?
No I believe its Nortel.
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10 Dec 2010   #20
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

I seem to remember a few years ago one of my wife's friends asked me "What's the difference between a floppy disk and a hard disk". I told her "Why don't you come over when my wife's at work and I'll show you".

That's when the fight with my wife started....no sense of humor.......
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