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    I love floppies, sure they are slow, hold little info, etc, but when your network is down and your internet drivers are on them, or when you need to move one pic to your friend down the road. They are secure being they are physical, people can't intercept a floppy unless you are robbed.

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    There's pretty many computers that come with SmartCard or Flash memory for portable device instead of floppy. There's also a load with both IOMEGA 100 and 250 MB zip drives. There's no cost-effective replacement for harddrives yet, though.

    Besides - I think the CD is getting a bit on the small side. DVDs are not that much costlier, and a dvd-rw- can be used as a good replacement disk. You don't even need to write/read the whole thing, you only need to use a portion of the disc.
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    Yeah I just got a DVD[-+]R[W]? burner; you gotta love those disk properties saying "4,500 MB remaining"

    Floppies are on the way out; more and more computers are being made without them - iMacs haven't had them for ages.

    Roy's suggestion - USB flash memory - I think that's what will replace the "plug and go" functionality of floppy disks.
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    Whoa, $1 = 1 GB? Maybe I should upgrade my hard drive if 80 mb = 12 cents lol. Anyway, I depend on that old machine. Especially since when I copy files onto floppy disks from my other machine, it eats them or something. Every time I have ever written to a disk from it, bad sectors develop each time. So far my plan is use one disk I call the "victim disk" and transfer important on-the-go stuff to my old computer on that disk, and then use reliable disks from there. The reliable disks lasted so far, 6 months without a need to be scandisked, while the victim had bad spots in 2 hours. It now has over 200 kb of bad sectors. I wonder if its a FAT32 thing, but even if it were reformatted in Windows, the problem still continues. Yet Windows won't let you format a 1.44 mb disk as 720 kb (low level format to rewrite sectors). Why is that? It won't work, but it should be an option. It's just one of those things DOS users will have that Windows users -- and especially XP users will never have.

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    If you want to format a 1.44 floppy as 720 just put tape over the hole opposite the one with the read-only tab. Back in the early days they use to make "disk doubler"s that punched the other hole into 720k floppies so your 720k floppies (which were much cheaper) could be used as 1.44s and it usually worked since the main difference was simply the presense or absense of that hole.

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    Last christmas I got one of those USB keyring drives. About the size of my thumb (okay, well maybe a tad bigger) and its 64megs and I know the company that made mine makes them up to a gig in size. And i found the one I got online for only 40 bucks and they are very handy little things to have. And as long as the computer is using Wink2k or XP then it doesn't need drivers and computers have had usb ports for years so I can always find a place to plug it in.

    Has anyone else had some serious reliability issues with floppies? I never used to way back in the day when they were used all the time but it seems these days I write something to a floppy then when I get where I'm going, half the time the floppy is corrupt. Maybe they just make cheaper floppies now...

    And Tails, yeah $1 for 1GB, I just saw an ad in the newspaper for a Western Digital 250GB Hard Drive for $250. I believe IBM has a 320Gig drive out too.
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    Whats more silly than us still using floppies is the fact that we have not found a much better alternative. As mentioned earlier in the thread, the fact that lots of computers dont have CDRW drives. And i dont like having a media that many OS's need software installed too run/work, not too mention the fact that its not simple 'cut and paste' like hard drives and floppies. And LS120/Zip/Jazz/Orb is no alternative.

    Wouldnt be great if some kind off 'supper floppy' drive were too be created, faster and larger than the 1.44 meg disks, but still cheap media. Only problem is, getting such new technologies introduced into the IT industry is a very difficult task. Convncing people too make it in the 1st place, then getting mobo makers, OS makers and OEM peeps too buy into it...

    Thats one of the (few) things i like about Macs - the ability too just say 'this sucks, lets get rid off it'. It must be nice as a mac user too not be worrying about ISA/PS2/Serial/Parrallel ect ect (most off which make even less sense than the floppy too keep around). And also being able too introduce new and advanced technology so quick (CDRW's/USB2/Firewire/wireless networking/DVDrw's ect ect).

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    Is there any way to convince an old midi sequencer that a modern floppy drive (as opposed to a 2dd drive) and a floppy using the tip mentioned by Roy Sinclair is actually an ancient 2dd floppy drive with ancient floppy?

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    I was going like "what about USB drives?"
    Then I realized this post is 3 years old.
    Then I read Roy comments, and whish he could predict what the big thing will be on 2009 so I can get ready.

    Anyways, 1Gig USB drives for $12 at radioshack on the 2006 black friday is not such a bad deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky View Post
    Wouldnt be great if some kind off 'supper floppy' drive were too be created, faster and larger than the 1.44 meg disks,
    That's exactly what LS120/Zip/Jazz/Orb are/were supposed to do/be (well idk about orb/LS120, never really heard of them except maybe orb)

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    I personally have a fondness for floppies. I detest writing small things like a boot disk to CD and my current motherboard won't boot from USB either. I believe floppies still have their place today, at least on PCs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daniel_g View Post
    I was going like "what about USB drives?"
    Then I realized this post is 3 years old.
    Then I read Roy comments, and whish he could predict what the big thing will be on 2009 so I can get ready.

    Anyways, 1Gig USB drives for $12 at radioshack on the 2006 black friday is not such a bad deal.

    Yes! I wanted to say about USB too!
    What about them??

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    Disks are cool. I still use 'website on a floppy' as a benchmark (client-side at least).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graft-Creative View Post
    Disks are cool. I still use 'website on a floppy' as a benchmark (client-side at least).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carter_23 View Post
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    I think it is the fact that floppies are slow, which allows you to simulate how your Web page would load on a dial-up connection.
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