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  • Floppy Drives

    I know floppy drives are fast going out of fashhion now often replaced by the likes of rewritable CDs and Flash Roms. But being one of the ' older generation ' I still have a collection of 3.5 and 5.25 floppy disks, many containing data not yet stored on a CD.

    I was wondering if I buy a new PC soon, do I need to have a console with a floppy drive installed, or have they now found a clever way of connecting either a 3.5 in or a 5.25 in drive to the PC via the usb port. It would of course need to include a plug both for the power and one for data.

    Gordon

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    Re: Floppy Drives

    If you plan on just migrating once all your floppies to CD then you do not need an installed floppy drive on your machine (even though I do have one and never ever used it.) You can get a external USB floppy drive and there is no need for a power cable. The power comes from in the USB port.

    What I have in my laptop case is a removable floppy drive from a laptop that has USB port as well. A lifesaver for recovery of servers with raid drivers that need to be in floppy drives. Do a search on ebay for dell laptop floppy drives. Then check to see if they have the USB port.
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    • #3
      Re: Floppy Drives

      Thanks.

      So when I order a new PC I will ask for either a Floppy Drive to be installed or an external one from the USB port. It not really a question of haviing loads of data needing to be copied to a CD I have done most of that already. It is just a few bits I might need trasferring and also the convenince of giving floppy disks to frieds who still have older PCs with the Floppy Drive.

      Gordon

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      • #4
        Re: Floppy Drives

        If this is a new desktop I would just toss it in, the cost here is negligible. The only reason I mentioned the USB part is because it is a little know fact that some laptop floppy drives are also USB if you need to carry one with you.
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        • #5
          Re: Floppy Drives

          And that, is, of course, for 3.5" floppy drives...
          Has anyone seen a 5.25" drive lately? I was stunned to see one on eBay ... I wonder if exist anything in today's computers that such drive can connect to...

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          • #6
            Re: Floppy Drives

            Maybe you could Mind Meld a 3.5" to a 5.25". I can see a career path in that.
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            • #7
              Re: Floppy Drives


              Geeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
              How come I did not think of that ?!? Must be an Administrator thing
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              • #8
                Re: Floppy Drives

                for 5.25, i dunno, but maybe. i know for a fact that SMSC used to make a USB floppy controller for 3.5 drives...

                and i remember a para. floppy drive a long time ago, when i still payed attention to para. and serial devices.
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