Why do we still have Floppys!?

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Why do we still have Floppys!?

Post by **$cuba $teve** » Mon Jul 24, 2006 8:20 am

The standard pc comes with a 1.44 mb floppy drive (even alienware has it) , that hasen't changed in 19 years! They may have had zip (100 - 750MB) and jaz drives (1 - 2GB) , but they never caught on!

So, my question is "Why do we have a magnetic disc drive, if the data capacity is insufficient for today's media needs?"
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Post by Indigno » Mon Jul 24, 2006 8:29 am

Nostalgia and the act that they are still being used to transfer small files like documents and pictures. Not everyone wants to run out and buy a flash stick when their floppy drive works fine.

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Post by timmeh87 » Mon Jul 24, 2006 8:38 am

i make my own rigs. and i havent had installed a floppy drive in one since like 2001.
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Post by Sparkfist » Mon Jul 24, 2006 9:00 am

Floppies have been outdated for damn near 10 years. The biggest problem with the floppy drives is that most are only 1x, I have seen some that are 2x, that's still really slow when 1x equals 150kbp/s.

Also if you look at the computers Sony and HP have put out for (going on) two years, they don't have a floppy drive. Really it's been replaced by either frontend USB ports or a Multicard reader.
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Post by gamer2 » Mon Jul 24, 2006 9:16 am

my Old laptop didnt have a floppy drive, which really sucked when i needed to do some homework for school. but meh.
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Post by Sir Games-A-Lot » Mon Jul 24, 2006 9:48 am

Most machines can boot off them? it provides an easy way of sending information to older PC's? They are slightly harder to cause (physical) damage to than CD's?


Who knows maybe we just like them cause we're used to them!
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Post by MM007 » Mon Jul 24, 2006 10:06 am

I have them for bootable media, generally. In addition, some older computers/OSes need drivers for USE drives and media cards. a 1.44MB will work in most machines, save the newer ones which have them removed.
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Post by Sword_Gun » Mon Jul 24, 2006 10:10 am

Yea, like right now, I cannot afford a compact flash card or SD card, or a Thumb drive, so I use floppies for exchanging stuff.
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Post by Indigno » Mon Jul 24, 2006 11:58 am

floppies are still useful, but it made me a bit sad when my brother asked me what this weird plastic square thing was and why do I have so many of them. The reason that they're not being discontinued is because they're trying to gradually replace them with cd-r's and flash memory, otherwise there will be a lot of people who still rely on them who are panicing ( or at least that's why in my humble opinion)

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Post by Klefmung » Mon Jul 24, 2006 11:59 am

Floppies get cleared to easily. Never use 'em, never trust 'em.
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Post by Extreme_Jesus » Mon Jul 24, 2006 12:36 pm

for purposes of booting they're still useful

also every so often i need to transfer stuff on floppies

didnt they make 200mb floppy disks for a while?

whatever happen to them?

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Post by vb_master » Mon Jul 24, 2006 12:42 pm

We obviously have floppies so we can put Doom 3 on 1,200 floppy discs.
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Post by ganonbanned » Mon Jul 24, 2006 12:42 pm

me and my friends trade them. we get good pr0n and then trade them. some times they put some guys in there just to piss me off...

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Post by Weebl » Mon Jul 24, 2006 12:46 pm

Yeah, the only reason I have a drive on my computer is for booting purposes. Otherwise, they're really a thing of the past. I suppose really the only thing floppies have over CD's are the fact that you can reuse floppies, while you'd have to buy the more expensive CD-RW's for that.
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Post by vb_master » Mon Jul 24, 2006 12:51 pm

ganonbanned wrote:me and my friends trade them. we get good pr0n and then trade them. some times they put some guys in there just to piss me off...
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