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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 3:26 pm    Post subject: When did you last buy a floppy disk? Reply with quote

Interesting story here... apparently millions are still being sold every year.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8646699.stm
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Goodness, I can't remember ever actually buying one. Back in the day when they were being used I'd often get ones on the front of magazines that you could format and use if needed. How much do they sell for? Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last time I saw they were 10 for 10, but they are absolutely useless these days and TDK ones are even worse. Most just fail after 1 format so gave up on them, but do still use them as boot disks and such.

Mind you, still got some old ones from the 90's which do still work but they were more expensive back then so better quality I guess. Finding a computer with a floppy drive however isn't easy - had to buy it as an optional extra from Dell for my parents one.

As for millions sold every year, I guess here we might not use them but in certain parts of the world they will especially more developing countries.

Btw, did anyone else back their computers up with Microsoft Windows Backup and around 50 floppy disks at a time? Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do PC's still come with floppy drives these days?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not by default, but you can usually get it as an optional extra. At least Dell still offer them.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems a bit redundant with USB drives so cheap these days.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose all our old PCs which have been shipped out to developing countries may account for the demand... it does sound curious, though, particularly as you say with USB drives and such like.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only pretty new computers can boot from USB however so floppy or CD are the other other options quite often. Don't think my PC at home will boot from a USB and it sometimes has trouble trying to boot from a CD.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah right... was thinking more for just storing data, rather than for booting up purposes.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2010 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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