Do you really need a floppy drive?...

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by brodyhooperquint, Apr 16, 2004.

  1. brodyhooperquint

    brodyhooperquint Jaws

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    Hi...Just curious...is it safe to disable the floppy drive?...I really no longer have any need for a floppy drive and after all it shaves a second or two off boot-up and shutdown times.

    I am using Windows XP.

    Thanks from Colin. :)
     
  2. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    no need at all, i dont even have one on my laptop :p
     
  3. Electronic Punk

    Electronic Punk Administrator Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    The only real reason I see for a floppy drive is for updating bioses and if you don't intend to backup your current bios you don't even need that these days! (bootable cds!)
     
  4. Lee

    Lee OSNN Proxy

    I use a boot disk (cd). My floppy part of the motherboard is cream crackered so don't work no more anyway.

    I have a zip 100 drive external. I last used a floppy 13 months ago. I heard they are going to be phased out.
     
  5. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    No need for floppies. Most laptops and quite a number of desktops are now sold without them. However you use your machine is up to you as an individual. I think I will be keeping a functional floppy in mine for another 2yrs or so, just in case I need to boot from floppy into DOS (win98).
     
  6. Dont have a floppy in my machine, havent in ages - just dont need them anymore.
    For flashing my BIOS I have an MSI board so I can just do it within Windows :)
     
  7. PseudoKiller

    PseudoKiller Zug Zug

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    Laptop doesnt have one... made it tough when I wanted to install slackware linux
     
  8. toretto

    toretto Mentally Absent

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    I need it for installing my raid array during the windows setup, that is about it. then it remains dormant till my next overhaul.
     
  9. brodyhooperquint

    brodyhooperquint Jaws

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    Thanks for all your replies guys...really appreciated :)

    I have'nt actually physically removed it...I have just disabled it in the bios and removed it from the boot sequence...(I need it for my two sata's drivers)...Hopefully even this function will become redundant when Longhorn comes out as I suspect it will include promise drivers.

    Thanks for all your help...Colin
     
  10. patrick

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    Another time you might need it is getting (small amounts) of data, like a document quickly to another computer. Most other computers have floppies so it just makes it a bit more convenient. USB drives will generally do the trick, provided it's not something stupid like Windows 95.
    And it's also just as annoying when someone gives you something on a floppy. And it seems to be no excuse complaining that floppies are old and outdated, the person just laughes at you.

    Don't worry floppies will die soon enough, I still haven't got one in my new system but I will probably put one there eventually. We can finally give them up only as soon as companies stop packaging them to the less experienced users.

    Disabling it is fine. You can always enable it again.

    Patrick
     
  11. brodyhooperquint

    brodyhooperquint Jaws

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    Cheers patrick :)
     
  12. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Don't even have one in my machine. Haven't used a 3.25 in years, evil slow buggers! :D
     
  13. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    What SPeedY said ^^

    Recently, manufacturers have been releasing BIOS flash software that works through Windows itself. Dell has been releasing all their FlashBIOS upgrades for my laptop this way. It's beautiful. [​IMG]

    Hmm...what was the problem? The Slackware CD is bootable.
     
  14. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    Maybe his came with nothing. :p
     
  15. RazerBack

    RazerBack The First Rebirth

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    Only for installing the Promise Raid drivers when installing WinXP and BIOS upgrade.
     
  16. cpugeniusmv

    cpugeniusmv Computer Genius

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    i upgraded my BIOS yesterday with a bootable DOS CD :D

    fortunately i don't need RAID drivers to install XP...yet.
     
  17. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    I keep it just as a safety measure...
     
  18. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    Got no problems ripping one out from ancient pcs. :p
     
  19. Reg

    Reg eXperienced!

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    None of my machines have floppies. I use bootable CD's for most of my upgrading needs. I also have a boot-capable USB flash drive.
     
  20. patrick

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    Right now, with slight regret, I am transferring several megs from a friends very old computer, one meg at a time using a floppy disk.
    Network card? I don't think so.
    PCI? I doubt it, it's probably ISA but then you'd have to find drivers for windows 95...
    USB Network? Nope there's no USB port
    I was even tempted to try using a direct serial connection but of course I'd then have to do it with no mouse since the mouse uses the only serial port.

    I'm taking a full floppy off it each time and taking it to the computer in the next room. I can't simply stick it in my computer next to me, my nice new system, since it doesn't have a floppy drive yet. And to top it all off I cut my thumb again on my darn CPU fan so I'm doing all this with one hand. Oh the joys of computing lol

    Patrick