Do you think a Floppy Drive is necessary in a Computer any more?

@comp2man (205)
United States
December 2, 2006 6:53pm CST
With the advet of newer media like CD drives and flash drives, most manufacturers have dropped the floppy drive in new computers. Do you think the floppy should remain?
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22 responses
• United States
3 Dec 06
flashing the bios, loading SATA drivers, and booting into the recovery section of the operationg system when the harddrive crashes.
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@comp2man (205)
• United States
3 Dec 06
good answeer
@Horizons (54)
• United States
3 Dec 06
Floppy Drives will become less and less important as time passes, and are largely unecessary now except for certain industries and most schools, where students may need to transfer work to and from school on computers that may be ten or more years old (and not upgraded since!), while other machines are brand new. Even here though, flash drives may largely take over for floppies. I would advocate that any computer lab (or maybe tech department of a business) should still have floppy drives available for use, for at least a few more years. Now, off subject a bit, but am I the only one who when they hear about a "floppy" drive, immediately pictures a 5.25 disk? I still have my disk notcher somewhere...
@comp2man (205)
• United States
3 Dec 06
what about use in flashing the BIOS though i have heard some hav started using the flash
• Italy
3 Dec 06
Me too. I still have a Commodore floppy drive, and I have 100+ 5"25 floppy disks with C64 games. I don't use it anymore but it's fully functional.
@comp2man (205)
• United States
3 Dec 06
5 1/2"? who uses them?
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
3 Dec 06
I think floppies are still necessary. We have 3 computer and only one has a floppy drive. This is a pain in the butt because many keyboards you buy in the store have drivers for the features that can only be installed via a 3.5" floppy drive. For school, my son uses a floppy. They are not allowed to carry around CDs (they break too easily) and are not allowed to have flash drives.
@comp2man (205)
• United States
3 Dec 06
Why dont they allow Flash drives in School?
@comp2man (205)
• United States
3 Dec 06
Interesting theory..
• India
4 Dec 06
Floppy Drives are now no more needed in a computer. It stores only 1.44 Mb of data and that is without realiability. But you see now a days Pen drive in GB capacity is in the market so why to use floppy more.
@comp2man (205)
• United States
4 Dec 06
True exceot for flashing the BIOS
@simone01 (36)
• Italy
3 Dec 06
I think that the floppy drive should remain. A Floppy Drive is usually very cheap, and requires very few space in the computer case, so why not buy one? It may be useful sometimes. I bought a new computer in 2005 and it has a floppy drive. My notebook has no floppy drive and sometimes it happens that i can't transfer data from people that have old computers and only use floppy drives.
@comp2man (205)
• United States
3 Dec 06
Should get used to a usb flash drive. They have become fairly cheap now
@jricbt (1455)
• Brazil
3 Dec 06
No, it should not remain, perhaps only in museums. Computer technology doesn´t need floopy anymore.
@comp2man (205)
• United States
3 Dec 06
Stll some uses like flashing the BIOS
• Pakistan
3 Dec 06
Floppy should remain because of booting option for the pc , most of the time pc can't get boot from CDrom or from flash drive but yes can read from floppy, We dont have much use of floppy but for some reasons it should remain.
@comp2man (205)
• United States
3 Dec 06
but that is useful only if it pree 2000 machine
@shaaaanth (323)
• India
3 Dec 06
I use FDD whenever the partition table is lost. It forms a good bootup device. How can you flash BIOS without FDD? Is it possible?
@comp2man (205)
• United States
3 Dec 06
Have heard that it can be done wit a Flash drivenever tried it myself and dont kow howfar its true
@mouse69 (624)
3 Dec 06
no i dont think it is, my computer does not have a floppy drive, but even if it did i would never ever use it
@comp2man (205)
• United States
3 Dec 06
Thanks for your response
@vmoore709 (1102)
• United States
3 Dec 06
I think they are, but just because people have things saved on floppy disks. I think in a few years they won't be needed anymore.
@comp2man (205)
• United States
3 Dec 06
Still has some applications likeflashing the bios
@ranimukul (130)
• India
3 Dec 06
I believe yes, floppy is still being used to transfer data.Though it truly depends on the technological advancement and buying power of the region / country you live in. I western world floppy is obsolete...however in third world floppy is still being used extensively
@comp2man (205)
• United States
3 Dec 06
In some countries progress is slow
@nzk786 (454)
• India
3 Dec 06
Not anymore. We have better storage devices like Flash Drives, CD, DVD, Memory Cards so there is no need for Sloppy Floppy anymore
@comp2man (205)
• United States
3 Dec 06
Thanks for your response
@Jshean20 (14373)
• Canada
3 Dec 06
I think floppy disks have become a thing of the past, the last time I used a floppy disk was over 6 years ago while I was in highschool. I think they should still keep them around though, for the people who still use it.
@comp2man (205)
• United States
3 Dec 06
Shouldnt technology progress?
@wasim989 (2303)
• India
3 Dec 06
I say that floppy drive must be kicked out of the world due to many reasons. 1)Floppy can betray you when you need them most by getting corrupted. 2)floopy has less storage place 3)Floppy works slow as compared to cd rom and HDD 4)Floppies are very delicate and they malfuntion very easily
@comp2man (205)
• United States
3 Dec 06
So why do people still use them
@shyam4uall (1003)
• India
3 Dec 06
HD-DVD - HD-DVD
I don't think there is any need for FDD anymore in the near future... As with the born of HD-DVD,Blueray discs,memory cards etc.. it is really not worth of money to buy a FDD...with a cost of a one new floppy disks I think one can easily get 2 CDs ...
@comp2man (205)
• United States
3 Dec 06
o need of them but still bein used
@tormentor (524)
• Romania
3 Dec 06
if you have an cd/dvd writer is not necessary to have floppy. floppy = unsecure storage method.
@comp2man (205)
• United States
3 Dec 06
or even better still a Flash Drive
@supremegod (1019)
• India
3 Dec 06
floppy - floppy
unless to retrieve any old info., stored in a floppy or to transfer any small info. i dont think floppy is relevant anymore........
@comp2man (205)
• United States
3 Dec 06
i have seen some people still keep data in Floppies.. When their nachine fails and they get a new one it doesnt have a FDD? What do they do then?
• Philippines
3 Dec 06
i dont think so. with the current trend that we have right now its not necessary anymore. just like the old floppy(5") before, the current floppies will be phased out in the near future. we need something that can store more. that can be carried conveniently. these are reasons enough to phase out those floppies.
@comp2man (205)
• United States
3 Dec 06
Floppies have a tendency to go bad too. Most computer manfacturers have phased them out
@ashraf83 (645)
• Malaysia
3 Dec 06
yes, no matter how you see it, floppy this still are required. when you want to flash your BIOS you need a disk to make a backup, still floppy disk allow you to save or backup your work and place them in certain place, with flash drive we only save for certain time, not permanent, floppy disk can be make as permenant back up or data storage, but mind the dust!
@comp2man (205)
• United States
3 Dec 06
Backing up data is more securly done with a flash drive which can be used both at work and home. About the only major use of a FDD is to use it in Flashing Bios as you have well said though there are some which are now going for a flash drive
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@abhiroop85 (2828)
• Scottsdale, Arizona
3 Dec 06
i hardly use my fdd,it is so unsecure and got almost no space
@comp2man (205)
• United States
3 Dec 06
thanks for your response