Grzegorz Kryszczuk wrote: Granted that I'm not a typical computer user, but WHO is using 1.4 Mb floppy drives anymore?
The only time I've used a floppy disk recently is to get an older P200 working again (you can't boot from the CDROM drive, it seems). I think my Mom might use floppies to transfer data back and forth from work, but I'm not sure.
i used to use a floppy drive for win98. the i discovered i could make a bootable win98 install cd.....never used a floppy since. and when i had XP the cd was bootable. the PC market still relies on floppys way too much
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Lars: My Beige G3 has a 1.44 MB floppy drive in it, but, you guessed, I haven't touched it yet. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Funnily enough the 1.44 floppy drive was the first thing to fail in my G3 (the original 233 desktop).
After that the Cd-ROM drive went out, with much noise.
I have been using an external CD-ROM drive on the G3, and never bothered about the floppy.
These things are dust bunny magnets, too!
I used to complain when I had to take PC's apart, because they would be filthy inside (I have a few stories about dust!). mac's are generally cleaner, except for the floppy innards. Once they added the floppy drive gate, that helped. Somewhat.
Speaking about floppies, the drive for one of my first computers (a Sol) weighed about 60 lbs.
and had cute glass parts inside. It was about 1.5 times the size of my G4. 8 inch floppies.
There are still some applications for them, we use them at work to transfer PDFs and excel spreadsheets from our email terminal (on the corporate network) to our tech machine (on the local network)
Also, I find that the MaxBlast! software that comes with larger Maxtor Hard Drives works better if you use the version that came on a Floppy (2 actually) than the newer version that comes on a CD. Plus, some older machines wont boot off of a CD.
Although, for the most part we use a Boot CD that one of our techs made (it's really cool, one of those half sized CDs with DOS and a number of disk utilities and such on it, which would normally only fit on a floppy each but instead they all fit on one CD!**)
I used floppies all the time last fal at school
Its too cumbersome to back up to a webmail account all the time and burning cds for a 1mb or less file is silly
floppies are still used extensively in education
they are also full of viri and get stuck in pcs all the time
Last month I did some graphics work for a client. This involved going into their work and working with their pc's and printers. I had to use floppies from my laptop to load pdf's onto their network.
It is great to have all to modules and ability to save/format disks for the windoze world all in one small package.
I find the new laptops restrictive in this area. I say bring back the modules!
I use floppies all the time!
Yeah, they're great for when you sit your coffee down on your desk... they prevent those coffee rings from damaging your furniture. I ordered a pack of 10 for my living room!
I have a whole bunch of old AOL floppies to use as drink coasters. They're good for that.
Since I switched from an oil company-supplied PC laptop to a self-owned Apple Powerbook (Pismo) I have not even thought about floppy disks. (I have NOT missed them at all)
To me....it is a dead format. Much like VHS-C or Beta, or 3/4 inch VHS or even Digital8. I work with digital video all of the time...and all of the above..including floppy disks...are just a part of the long forgotten past.
But I guess that the PC guys are just getting around to this realisation. Doesn't surprise me, somehow.
I still use floppies in part because the files I use are usually small Word documents, and a floppy works well for that purpose. I would use email or something like the now defunct iDrive, but well they are harder to use (especially with the paranoid restrictions emplaced in part to the local board of education and their PCs that are underclocked and using Win 95 on a machine designed for WinXP) and iDrive now costs money, if its still around.
Moving away from floppies is good, because 1.44 MB just doesn't cut it anymore unless you are only using it for textual reports or simple text files or REALLY small graphics. The USB Drives, however seem to have a great deal of potential, like a portable (and faster) extra big floppy