Who has - uses the trusty & old fashioned floppy?

floppy vs pen drive? - Do you have a floppy drive, pen drive, or both?
United States
January 30, 2008 2:07pm CST
The floppy disk is going the way of the dinosaur and the dodo bird. It doesn't hold very much in the way of data. It may hold a little over a megabyte of data as apposed to the pen drives' 200 something. The pen drive also comes with a pen in many cases! * In my case, I have friends who use the floppy, so I kept my floppy drive, but I've USB ports too, so I use the pen drive as well. I've a foot in both evolutionary paths. * Where do you stand in the evolutionary pen race?
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@patgalca (14257)
• Orangeville, Ontario
30 Jan 08
As a writer, I have tons of stuff on floppies. When I bought a new computer this year (with no floppy drive) I had to buy a floppy drive attachment that plugs into the USB port. What am I supposed to do? Transfer everything from floppy onto flash drives? And how many flash drives will I need to do that (we're talking years worth of articles, poems, short stories and a couple of novels - plus a whole bunch of other stuff)? And flash drives aren't cheap. I have one flash drive which I use now but still use my floppies.
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• United States
31 Jan 08
That is a good point. Upgrading is expensive. It is good that you are able to maintain your floppies. Flash drives are getting less expensive, especially the pen drives and their capacity is quite large.
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@patgalca (14257)
• Orangeville, Ontario
31 Jan 08
A disadvantage to having more than one pen drive, how do you label them? How do you know which one is which? I have a big box of floppies with about ten each in blue, yellow, orange, red and green. I know that my yellow floppies are for writing and have labels on them. Green ones are for complete novels. Etc. I don't think pen drives have the same properties.
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• United States
1 Feb 08
Pen drives - Pen drives come in different styles, shapes, and sizes.
Pen and USB drives come in different shapes, sizes, and types. Some look like pens, some look like gizmos, gadgets, wizmos, you name it. Some are so big you can stuff just about anything in them, including a small computer's entire contents. They are also customizable and can go on your keyring. You can decorate them like jewelry, put them in 'protectors' like cell phones or iPods.
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
31 Jan 08
I have stopped using floppy drives more than four years ago. The last two PCs I purchased didn't even come with floppy drives, and it wouldn't be cost effective for me to buy such drives and mount them in the PCs. I had some floppies around, and I reckon that whatever's in them could be junked and ignored, because I used to store things in floppies more for transferring them from one computer to another, like working on a document at home and then bringing the updated file to load into my office PC. Those days, I didn't have any flash or thumb drives. So one day I just rounded up my floppies, destroyed them and threw them away. Thank goodness we had moved on from the days of the floppy drives because many times, I had unreliable floppy disks that couldn't be read after I stored data in them.
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• United States
31 Jan 08
1 GIG storage pen drive for $2 - If you know how to shop your storage can go high on the seriously cheap!
Some stores have the ability to access floppies if there is something vital in one. You are right about the floppy drive being less than cost effective. I do maintain a floppy drive just because I've a computer without a USB drive...(it's a dinosaur) and it can be useful for moving crap about. Pen drives, not flash drives, can be cheap to buy. * If you shop about, you can get insane deals, such as a Kingston DataTraveler (1 GB) USB 2.0 Flash Drive (KUSBDTI1GB) for as little as $2 + SH. That's about the same price as a single megabyte floppy. The price can go up to $50 though. * Good site for comparison shopping and not leaving your seat is: http://shopping.com
@ElicBxn (60762)
• United States
31 Jan 08
We found some old floppies and they had stories on them, I managed to salvage because my drive works & her's doesn't! Saved a good bit of retyping.
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• United States
31 Jan 08
Old floppies are frequently gold mines. The gold should be mined as the medium is fragile.
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• United States
30 Jan 08
USB Drive: 1-4 GB FLOPPY Disk: 1.44 MB USB Drive: USB 2.0 transfer speeds FLOPPY Disk: Slow speeds USB Drive: Durable, strong, some are waterproof FLOPPY Disk: Delicate, doesn't play well with magnets FLOPPY Disk: Only works on computers with floppy drives USB Drives: Works on any computer with a USB Port
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• United States
31 Jan 08
Excellent point. I keep floppy drives for convenience of friends who have no other choice but to use floppies. You can't have too many options for data.
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@tinkerick (1256)
• United States
30 Jan 08
The floppy nowadays is really only useful if you have an older computer that you will need to move data to and from. Otherwise a USB Flash Drive is much easier and holds alot more!
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• United States
30 Jan 08
Agreed. I've friends who have both, the newer and older computers. I've both a floppy and USB drive so I've the best of both worlds.
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@meemingNEW (2228)
• Philippines
31 Jan 08
I still have a few of those rusty,old fashioned and not to forget (multi-colored) floppy disks. It took me awhile to realize that I should be using usb flash disk instead of using floppy d's. I guess I was the only one in class who brought a floppy disk for storage when almost every one have their usb having 512 mb - 2 gb storage. It was my turning point. It made me realize how useful and better the usb is rather than the floppy. But we always have to give credit to the floppy d's. It was our little storage for our little files back in the days.
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• United States
1 Feb 08
LOL! I've a bunch of little rainbow colored transparent floppies too! I don't have a pen drive at the moment, but I do have a 60 gig pocket USB drive that definately counts cuz it's USB.
• Philippines
2 Feb 08
60 gigs? wow.. that's a lot of storage. It's like you have your own computer files at the palm of your hands. I only have 1 gig :) It suits me but its always better if you have a bigger storage. And floppy disks don't count at all. :) take care
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@Asylum (48283)
• Manchester, England
1 Mar 08
Yes, I have always used a Floppy drive and would not consider being without one. I realise that many people now consider the humble floppy to be outdated, but it still has it's uses. I store financial spreadsheets on a floppy, and also use a floppy to create an unattended installation of Windows. Floppy Drives are gradually becoming harder to find, but I always have a spare drive at home.
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• United States
2 Mar 08
You can store an installation of windows on a floppy drive?!? Not the entire operating system surely?
@Asylum (48283)
• Manchester, England
2 Mar 08
Ha Ha, No you still need the Windows CD. I place a winnt.sif file on the Floppy, which contains all relevant data such as my name, regional settings, CD key and so forth. During an installation of Windows you have to answer many questions which means being present to enter the details, whereas with the data on a Floppy the CD will scan the Floppy for the answers. This is why it is called an "unattended installation" since I can boot up with the CD and Floppy in the drive and go to watch the television while Windows performs a complete installation to my chosed settings.
• New Zealand
31 Jan 08
My computer has a floppy port but I very seldom use them. But nor do I use a flash drive because I lost mine. I use my PSP! It works as a flash drive and is incredibly helpful for moving downloaded files from this computer to my computer which doesn't have internet. Also I can access the internet on my PSP so I've downloaded files on it before and then connected it to the computer and There was the file. The problem with using a PSP for a flash drive is the school issue. If I need to put something on the school computers I try to when no-one is in the room because I don't want to lose my psp. In conclusion, I think flash drives are better because the can carry most things when nowadays floppys can only really hold word documents and a picture or two.
• United States
1 Feb 08
You really need to pick up a cheap pen drive.
• United States
31 Jan 08
I've used the floppy disk since high school but then I Swiched to USB disk drives. I let my floppy down.
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• United States
1 Feb 08
LOL, don't think of it that way, just think of it as 'honorary retirement'.
31 Jan 08
Once it was very common to use floppy disks for multiple purpose, now things have really changed...My floppy is, in fact, out-of-use for months, but I always try to keep some empty floppy at hand, because there are a couple of tasks which floppy can still do better (in my opinion) than any other support: first of all, sometimes I have to provide (to teachers, for example) written text 'cause it's required by my studies: in that 'case I sent them an email, but I also try to put my work on a diskette, to give the opportunity to have a single object that can be easily labeled and stored. The second thing floppy can do "better" is the (never outdated) function of recovery diskette, as boot disk: this way thy're practical, and can handle perfectly their job (many time I still use them to format my HD when starting bios, giving priority to floppy in my boot sequence...)
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• United States
1 Feb 08
I use Linux so I don't do that. Also, my DVD/CD writer is bootable so it can boot programs too. I have problems with floppies and Windows because Windows sometimes eats Floppies.
@zorzon (71)
• Brazil
31 Jan 08
Well, I can too be considered as dinosaur as the Diskettes. I´ve been using computers since the old DOS and have used those already forgotten 5 1/4 disks. I´ve already migrated to the pebdrive, or at least tried to: one beautiful day, when I tried to copy one archive to my sister's computers, my pendrive stoped working, and I got really sad.. But life goes on, and I give a hurray to the new storage tecnologies! Let's look out to the future!
• United States
1 Feb 08
Agreed. I will keep using a technology until it isn't practical to use it any longer. Those 5 1/4 disks are an example of a technology that isn't practical because parts are too hard to find. Floppies are still doable. I use floppies, pen drives, DVDs, and CD's now.
@douchrti (176)
• United States
31 Jan 08
Hey, theres nothing wrong with using outdated hardware or software if it works for you. We still have Commodore 64's and Ataris' running in our house.
• United States
1 Feb 08
Those old computers had personality! I liked the Commodores! But I bet finding parts for them is a real chore when they need fixing.
@venigalla (191)
• India
31 Jan 08
hiiiiiiiiii better take it and hit to ground and buy a new one
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• United States
1 Feb 08
I beg your pardon?
@the_ruler (1446)
• Turkey
31 Jan 08
I don't like floppies at all and never liked them but I had to use my floppy drive for years and bought a cd-rom drive much later than they were available. Those USB disks are just great :)
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• United States
1 Feb 08
The fact that they aren't locked inside your computer gives you a lot of freedom too. You can mail your USB drive to your friend wherever, and you can swap your USB drives about.
• Pakistan
31 Jan 08
i have uised tyhe floppy disk but it is not reliable so i am not using it/
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• United States
1 Feb 08
You probably need to clean your floppy drive. They need cleaning periodically. * http://www.lindy.com/us/productfolder/04/40411/index.php
@lucgeta (925)
• France
31 Jan 08
Floppy disk - A 3.5 inch floppy disk that can carry 1.4MB of data.
I did need a floppy driver a few months back for a legacy program. Yes there is still lots of old software used commonly for small business that were made long ago and are distributed in floppies. Other good reason to have a floppy driver is for partition resizing in case you PC crashes and corrupts.
• United States
1 Feb 08
$7.99 for a floppy drive - The floppy drive can be purchased for just $8.00.
Your right about that. That is why I still keep floppies & drivers. Although the pen drive/UPS drive is gradually taking over that role I think...