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Do you still use or think you need floppy drives?

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Do you still use or think you need floppy drives?

Post by Major Boyle on Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:52 pm

My old computer has one and I'm wondering if I should bother for my new machine. the only reason I could think of would be some old DOS games I have on floppy that I could installed under Ubuntu using DOSBOX. Can you use F6 to install drivers from say a USB flash drive?

Should I just forget an internal floppy and use a USB floppy if needed?

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Re: Do you still use or think you need floppy drives?

Post by Gaius_Baltar on Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:24 am

Floppies are rather useless compared to USB drives, and it does seem that floppies are being phased out much like the old 5,1/4 floppies.

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Post by Anon_With_Fro on Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:52 am

You could always just throw a floppy drive into your tower. I mean, they don't take must space or power, so you don't really have anything to lose.

That being said, an external USB floppy drive would be really handy as you can carry it around/use it on other machines, should the need arise.

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Re: Do you still use or think you need floppy drives?

Post by Major Boyle on Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:56 am

Thing is, to have an internal floppy i need a motherboard with a floppy connector. About the only brand that makes them these days is Gigabyte.

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Post by Anon_With_Fro on Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:57 am

Major Boyle wrote:Thing is, to have an internal floppy i need a motherboard with a floppy connector. About the only brand that makes them these days is Gigabyte.
Ah, fuck. Then go for the external one, unless you were planning on a Gigabyte board in the first place.

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Re: Do you still use or think you need floppy drives?

Post by Major Boyle on Fri Mar 05, 2010 1:00 am

I have no experience with Gigabyte but some people like them. I guess I'll just have to take the plunge. Ordinarily I build with Asus motherboards but they have phased out floppy connectors.

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Post by Anon_With_Fro on Fri Mar 05, 2010 1:05 am

Major Boyle wrote:I have no experience with Gigabyte but some people like them. I guess I'll just have to take the plunge. Ordinarily I build with Asus motherboards but they have phased out floppy connectors.
Crap. I've been using Asus parts for years and I was going to use another Asus board in the new system I was going to build... Then again, I'll probably just get an Asus board anyway and a USB floppy drive if I need one.

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Re: Do you still use or think you need floppy drives?

Post by SomeRandGuy on Fri Mar 05, 2010 3:08 am

If I ever need one, it'll be for some emergency situation that would be very odd... I have one in my closet that I can hook up if I ever need it. I doubt I will ^_^

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Re: Do you still use or think you need floppy drives?

Post by Major Boyle on Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:30 pm

I think I'll stick with the Gigabyte motherboards with the floppy connectors, just to be safe. My system after this one won't need a floppy since it will be 64 bit only and not run any 32 bit or DOS applications. I'll see if I can load device drivers from a flash drive.

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