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Scragbat
01-31-2007, 10:21 AM
Article (http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=37310)

I must say, I can't remember when I last bought one myself, but do remember buying a floppy drive when I built my first PC.

I remember downloading the 'Phantom Menace' trailer off the Apple trailers site (at work) and zipping it onto 21 floppy disks, just to get it onto my home PC (on dial-up at the time).

Alas, my last 2 builds have not had a floppy drive. Last time I used one it was to flash the BIOS and now I do that directly from the desktop...

Memories, like the corners of my mind... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

PFflyer
01-31-2007, 10:32 AM
They said they still sold 700 million of them last year? As long as they can do that, someone will make them, sell them and make money on them, so I would not worry about them dissapearing just yet.

I imagine new motherboards will be out that do not even have a place to attach them though, that will help do them in.

There are a lot of older computers out there, I several, and I work on a lot of them for others, and the floppy is valuable for them. I am sure they will be around for several more years. I know there is one independent office supply in my town that still has the big 5" floppies on the shelf!

AWL_Spinner
01-31-2007, 10:35 AM
Does this mean we can start labelling our hard drives as "A:"?

Werre_Fsck
01-31-2007, 10:41 AM
We need even 3.5" DD floppies still, for retro machines like Amigas.

I have a plastic bag full of unused 5.25" floppies
for Commodore 64... exchanged the bag for a 38MHz crystal back in 1993. Guess which one has more value now? :-)

FLOPPIES FOREVER! Optical storage and solid state memory are just a fad.

flox
01-31-2007, 10:51 AM
Excepting one or two school papers, I probably haven't used a floppy in about five or six years. Good riddance, I say! Long live the jump drive!

p-11.cAce
01-31-2007, 11:14 AM
I found my old Kings Quest game for Apple IIC while going through old boxes at my Mothers house the other day. Must have been 10+ 5.25 floppies. I've not put a floppy drive in the last 3 computers I've built - but I've got an external 3.5 drive just in case. Personally I think the vast majority of storage will be web based in the future - we use Google Docs & Spreadsheets for a lot of our work and skip the VPN, jump drives, and disks.

Worf101
01-31-2007, 11:34 AM
Not just yet. My mobo needs RAID controllers and the like accessed from floppys before you can arrange your RAID array. Sooo thank goodness my kids machine and the ole ladies desktop still have Floppy's as I was able to take the drivers off the CD and insert them into Drive A.

Da Worfster

Waldo.Pepper
01-31-2007, 11:43 AM
ALL my computers have 3.5in floppies in them still. Used one last week. (I AM A LUDDITE!)

WarWolfe_1
01-31-2007, 11:48 AM
Last 2 comps I've bought haven't had a Floppy Drive, and thats proably 5 years total :P

R.I.P. floppy the dinosaur

Gibbage1
01-31-2007, 12:01 PM
It still makes me SICK that Windows XP needs to read a FLOPPY for a driver during install! It cant read a CD? WTF? Its loading off of a CD! ARG!!! I dont want to install a FLOPPY drive just to get my RAID to work!

Waldo.Pepper
01-31-2007, 12:08 PM
Originally posted by Gibbage1:
It still makes me SICK that Windows XP needs to read a FLOPPY for a driver during install! It cant read a CD? WTF? Its loading off of a CD! ARG!!! I dont want to install a FLOPPY drive just to get my RAID to work!

Gib try the subst command then. (Load it from an old copy of DOS if need be.)

http://www.easydos.com/subst.html

TheVoodooPriest
01-31-2007, 12:30 PM
Some time ago we did an experiment at the uni. The oscilloscope we used stored it's screenshots to a 3.5" floppy disk. I took the disk home to use the screens for my report. At first I was quite bewildered when I couldn't find the floppy drive on my computer. It was all there, a DVD-recorder, CD-recorder, even a multifunctional card-reader. But something as profane as a floppy drive was missing. So before work could continue I first had to scavenge my old computer for a drive. Fortunately I use to store a conciderable pile of electronics junk from my old computers.

Warrington_Wolf
01-31-2007, 12:49 PM
I thought that we got rid of the floppy when Viagra came along http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif.

Sorry for dragging this topic into the gutter.

Bearcat99
01-31-2007, 01:14 PM
IM wondering how long it will take to do away with the serial and parallel ports.

captainbong1970
01-31-2007, 02:24 PM
my latest motherboard doesn't have serial ports


I bought some floppies because I've got an old Compaq that insists on having a system partition that has to be restored from floppies.

TgD Thunderbolt56
01-31-2007, 03:08 PM
Originally posted by Bearcat99:
IM wondering how long it will take to do away with the serial and parallel ports.

My last 2 pc's have no floppy drives...and parallel ports are already on the way out. Word is, even PCI slots on mobo's are on the way out in favor of PCIEx1 slots anyway.


TB

SeaFireLIV
01-31-2007, 03:19 PM
I thought the floppy was dead until I wanted to add and extra harddrive with RAID. I had to go and buy a new 3.5 disk drive and a box of floppies!

The floppy`s not dead yet... just slowly going extinct.

steve_v
01-31-2007, 04:01 PM
I just used a floppy last night to run Memtest86+ to see how far I could oc my current RAM. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Taylortony
01-31-2007, 05:40 PM
Originally posted by steve_v:
I just used a floppy last night to run Memtest86+ to see how far I could oc my current RAM. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif


Never fear Viagra will fix all your floppy problems http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Beuf_Ninja
01-31-2007, 08:44 PM
Yup, he floppy is circling the plughole but I still have one in my possesion just incase it's needed. On a side note Memtest86 can now but run from a bootable CD.

DarkWingDuck...
02-01-2007, 01:41 AM
Its getting a bit silly putting resources into making a disk that only holds 1.44 mb and is as slow as a very slow thing,..............

WarWolfe_1
02-01-2007, 04:50 AM
Considering that Flash drives are half the size and storage size doubles by the month I would say yes the floppy is obsolete (just like the 109 was by 1944 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif )

jarink
02-01-2007, 08:28 AM
Originally posted by SeaFireLIV:
The floppy`s not dead yet... just slowly going extinct.

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/agreepost.gif

The hardware's been obsolete for years, it's just software (especially operating systems) hasn't caught up with the times. Stupid backwards compatibility!

Anyone still have any 2.88MB floppy drives?