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Three and a Half inch Floppy

  woodchip 19:17 21 Feb 2013

Just got me thinking, How many still have one of the above? and do you still use it?

Another one for you, Programmers seem to have lost the ability to create small fast programs. It must be that they have become lazy because most have big fast cpu's and hard drives

  john bunyan 19:29 21 Feb 2013


I have a 3 1/2" floppy drive built in a a desktop and many old discs. At work, 20 or more years ago in the days of 1.5 gig HD's they were a main method of storage. The trouble is the data on them is in Lotus 123 format so I cant now read them! Have not used one for a few years now. I had a Dutch PC that had A (3 1/2") and a B (5 1/2") drives , but it has sadly departed. I wonder how many know what the B drive was for?

  Aitchbee 19:39 21 Feb 2013

Still got hundreds of Amiga floppies and several floppy disk drives ... I love the sounds that the diskcopy programs make ... ker-chunk, ker-chunk, ker-chunk, ker-chunk ...

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:33 21 Feb 2013


Still got a floppy drive and floppy disks

Still use DOS programs on a floppy to communicate with a signalling system for French locomotives (KVB).

  Al94 21:57 21 Feb 2013

What I fail to understand is that although technology has moved on so much, the "save" icon is still a floppy disc - none of todays kids will know what one is!

  Quickbeam 00:18 22 Feb 2013

I think I can recall them, I think, what did you say they were they for?

  carver 08:28 22 Feb 2013

still have fond memories of using those things and that lovely error message that meant you had lost your work.

Still have a box of 8 that I had stored photos on and now half of them have developed error message so are unreadable.

  Quickbeam 08:51 22 Feb 2013

It's interesting how everytime I buy a new computer that some of the old technology still actually deserately hangs on.

My 5 year old PB laptop died last week beyond economical repair so it's replacement has easy HDMI output that I wanted for iPlayer to TV viewing, but it still had a VGA output. Why? VGA is as obsolete as floppy B drives and PS2 inputs and a few other things that have disappeared over the last 15 years.

  Quickbeam 08:52 22 Feb 2013

'p' to place in the above...

  spuds 10:26 22 Feb 2013

I recall a few years back (within the last 5/10 years), when NASA was seeking a certain type of floppy disk, to keep part of their systems working, and they were offering good money for any available.

Perhaps now your chance to look in the junk box, and save the world :O)

  QuizMan 11:04 22 Feb 2013

When I ditched the floppy drive in my desktop PC, I bought a USB floppy drive "just in case". I think that I used it once because I have one floppy disc with a couple of fonts on it that I cannot get elsewhere and needed it when I transferred to Windows 7.

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