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Anyone still using floppy disks?

Asked by robmandu (21293points) October 1st, 2008

What size? 3½”? 5¼”? Older/bigger size/smaller capacity?

Tangential question: in countries on the metric system, how did they refer to those disks? 8.89cm? 13.335cm?

For those of you who only know what a bittorrent is, you can learn about floppy disks here. Back in the day, that’s how we played Zork.

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whatthefluther's avatar

I don’t think there is even a slot on my just crashed PC. I’ll go through the pieces after I nudge it with my sledge hammer. But first I’m Mac shopping (already a very satisfied iPod and iPhone owner).

EmpressPixie's avatar

I am! I use one to get a report off of an internet difficult computer every week. The USB ports are on the wrong side to use. I use the small, hard kind.

At home we still have a computer that takes the bigger, floppier kind. We fire it up every so often to play Classic Concentration.

iwamoto's avatar

there’s no connection for it on my MBP, it does have firewire 800, so i bought a 1tb mybook studio today, figures that’ll take a bit more than a floppy

JackAdams's avatar

I have one that I use, on occasion. I don’t use it often, but I have the reader, just in case.

iwamoto's avatar

i think one of the reasons i stopped using them as soon as i could was because of all the bs i had with them at school, data lost etc…

Les's avatar

I am, and I actually depend on them. The computer I use for my laboratory work runs on DOS (an old Toshiba Portege), and the only way I can save my data is on 3.5 floppy. The hard part is finding a computer/USB floppy drive to transfer the files to my personal computer. What I end up doing is taking the disk home, putting it in my Toshiba running Linux, and email the files to myself.
The research group I am a part of also uses 5.25 floppies. Aren’t we cool?

sccrowell's avatar

My machine has a 3 1/2 drv slot but the only time I’ve had to use it, was for my outdated laptop! DIN-O-SAUR!!!

FiRE_MaN's avatar

my mom does…

squirbel's avatar

I don’t use any portable physical storage devices.

Cloud computing, for the win.

loser's avatar

Floppy what?

stratman37's avatar

Only on my MIDI equipped Yamaha keyboard, where I can load and save songs.

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