Hi, i have a vista laptop and miss my old floppy drive as it was so easy to save to floppy disks. Can anyone suggest a free programme that will write to a cd in the same was as the old floppy drive did? I have lots to write up now and need a programme that can do the same as the old floppies but sometimes i can only get a little bit written at a time and programmes like Nero use up a lot of disk space when saving and doesn't really work very well. Thanks in advance E.
To have the same rewritability as a floppy you do need a CD-RW but they have proven to be unreliable for durability. You can simply write to CD by putting a blank CD in the drive and dragging the files to the CD drive icon on the desk top - Vista will 'hold your hand from there on. The current best idea is to have an external USB Harddrive.
cheap is good but i liked the way you used to just click the save button and it saved to floppy the latest version of your text without problems. I find Nero doesn't do that so was looking for a good and very easy way to save data even if i only write a short piece and have to stop. on a cd rewritable i understand that each time you save a new piece it takes up more space so a lot of disk space is wasted unlike floppies - or have i got that wrong? a cheap usb pen sounds OK but i thought there might be a free programme out there. Thanks in advance. E.
You've got it correct. But then there is much more space, and eventually you can erase everything and start again (with a CD-R/W).
The only simple way to do what you want is with a USB memory stick - it acts exactly like a giant floppy, and you don't need a program at all - just use it as you would a floppy drive (but you can get loads more on one!)