When was the last time you used a floppy disk?

@howhigh (758)
Canada
May 7, 2007 4:54pm CST
I would have to say the last time was probably back in the 90s when I was young.. Gizmos ans Gadgets remember that game with the evil scientist Morty? And you were that guy with the Red hat and no face. But yeah its been a long time since I last used one of those. The other day I was in a music store and I say this digital piano that had a floppy drive and I kind've laughed to myself. A $4000 digital piano but you needed floppy disks to load scores and songs etc.. don't think that will catch on. But who knows. Is there any room for the floppy disk to make a comeback or do you think its dead? They were fun to destroy..
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• United States
8 May 07
As long as they keep making storage devices that accept floopies and they keep making the floppies, they will never go out of style. Have you seen the indep. or seperate floppy drives? Lots of people still have material stored on floopies, businessess know this and they will keep making them. Besides, a floopy is always portable...businesses know this too. If business thought floopies were a thing of the past, they wouldn't still be making pc's with floopy drives. And the people themselves wouldn't still be purchasing portable drives. Have you priced portable floopy drives lately over the internet? If floopies were that old my friend, you would think people would be giving them away. I've yet to find them for free (disks or drives) and don't think that I will either. As for myself, the last time I used a floopy was a month ago, but I gave a blank one to my neighbor the other day. In fact, I use all of my storage devices, it just depends on the material, the project, size, etc. So my: zip, floopy, flash, cd-rw, all of them are used....
@santuccie (3376)
• United States
8 May 07
Oh, goody! I love catching up on the good old days. I assume you're talking about Morty Maxwell, yes? One game my friends and I used to love was Midnight Rescue, where Morty (also called "Master of Mischief" here) tries to take over the school at Shady Glen. I think I still have the game, in fact. My case full of floppies is in the closet, just a few feet above my head. :) I'm also a keyboardist, and I was into sequencing at one time. Back then, I had a Yamaha PSR-540. Keyboard workstations only had floppy drives then, but actually, you can store a lot of MIDI files on a floppy. It's just commands; unlike audio, where the actual soundwaves are being reproduced in verbatim, here you just use whatever sounds come pre-programmed on the instrument you playback from. Finally, I'm also a tech. I actually just finished fixing up a laptop for the church, and handed it back to them today. It was an old, Toshiba Satellite with Windows 98. They had no restore discs, and the existing OS was in poor shape, so I reloaded Windows from an OEM, Microsoft disc. Most of the driver files I was able to backup without any problems using Driver Genius, but there were still a handful of them that I had to track down and transfer, for which I used a floppy. In addition, I usually use Acronis True Image to restore a full OS backup from CD or DVD. If there is only one optical drive, I use floppies to load Acronis. I still have a large collection of floppies, many of which hold timeless, priceless little programs on them. And if the data gets corrupted, it tends to be easier recovering data from a magnetic disk than from an optical disc (when they're gone, they're really gone). For me, floppies are still very much "in style." :P
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@PsychoDude (2018)
• Netherlands
7 May 07
31-12-1999 As a memorable action, I swore to use no more floppies after the year 2000 so :).
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@rubygrace (649)
• Philippines
15 Aug 07
LAST MONDAY,WHEN I FORGOT MY FLASH DRIVE AT HOME.i NEED TO GET A FILE TO MY FRIEND.
@senthil2k (1501)
• India
26 Jun 07
I have used the Floppy drive recently, when I got my system crashed and needed a Boot Disk. I had created a Bootdisk of Windows 98 a year back, which I used now for repairing my system. Apart from that, I dont think I have used the Floppy drive recently. With the availability of the Pen drives, I believe the Floppy disks are almost extinct nowadays. I have a Floppy disk in my old desktop, but I dont see any floppy drive in my laptop. With the availability of the large sized Pen drives, I dont think floppy drives will be used hereafter by the people.
• United States
8 May 07
Wow... it's been quite a while. If anything, I place files that I need to transport with me on my flash drive now, which is a 2 GB. It holds more information than a floppy and is smaller. I don't think I have used a floppy in at least the past 4 or so years. Maybe when I was in college, but I got my flash drive early in my college career, too, so I don't know.
@legbamel (179)
• United States
8 May 07
I use one on a regular basis, because my work laptop is old and when I have meetings in various places in our building that I can't jack into the network I still need to get the notes and such from the laptop to the server. The files are almost exclusively less than 300k so I don't bother getting a CD to burn. That said, I've had an increasing amount of trouble with both disks and drives. It seems that you almost cannot get a brand new drive any more and that even the name brand disks are prone to crashing. I've downloaded freeware to restore files on more than one of these. The drive in my laptop has always been fine but I'm on my third for the desktop! I agree with you that the digital piano will never sell if you can't use a USB device. And yeah, I think the floppy disk is deader than the dodo. They're handy but the capacity is so limited and the materials so fragile (comparatively) that they aren't worth the trouble.
@FOUZAN_1 (331)
• Pakistan
8 May 07
Hi there.. Well i think it was 2 years ago.. Even my floppy drive is not able to be used now! I don't know what to do what that junk!
@nill_07 (1105)
• Bangladesh
8 May 07
It seem about 4 years ago I used floppy drive last. After 6 month of bying my pc, Floppy drive had damaged. I tried few times to make it fit but it was not really a good way....
@megaplaza (1438)
• Nigeria
8 May 07
it was yestrday and i still use it. that was on 7th may 2007. i am planning to buy a flash disk.
@windhair (498)
• Germany
8 May 07
There are still several floppy in my drawer, it is the driver of the CDROM, and you know, such thing are not necessory for the new OS as windows 98. There are even no floppy driver in the new computers. BTW, do you still have any 5' floppies? 1.2M or 640K?
• United States
7 May 07
I've used floppy disks to transfer projects in my java class. Blame the old school computers @_@
@ESKARENA1 (18304)
7 May 07
wow there is a blast from the past, it is certainly before we got this system because it will not accept them blessed be