Floppy Drive Question

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by bikemanAMD, May 15, 2006.

  1. bikemanAMD

    bikemanAMD OSNN Junior Addict

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    Hi

    I have a question regarding my floppy drive--it recently died. Should i replace with Standard floppy or Combo Card Reader/Floppy.


    Any advice is appreciated.
     
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  2. madmatt

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    It depends on your needs. Would you use a card reader? I think floppy drives are still a must have, but I personally wouldn't have a need for an 8 in 1 card reader.
     
  3. Vanquished

    Vanquished Mr. Bananagrabber Political User

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    I'd get a card reader, none of my computers have floppy drives they do have card readers though and they are fairly cheap.
    The way i see it, with email so easy now you dont really need a floppy drive.

    -Jack
     
  4. bikemanAMD

    bikemanAMD OSNN Junior Addict

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    I may just get a standard floppy, I hard have a need for a card reader, but friend thought a card reader would be best..but I sorta don't think so, the one machine we have a card reader on, I don't even use it..but I do use floppy from time to time, for bios upgrades, and small file storage.
     
  5. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    To further expand on Madmatt's point - you also should look at the cost difference. If a floppy is 10 or 20 bucks, and a card reader is less than 50% more, it may be a worthwhile investment if you currently have, or plan to get a digital camera/camcorder in the near future. The key to remember when a decision like this has to be made is what is your ROI (return on investment).
     
  6. bikemanAMD

    bikemanAMD OSNN Junior Addict

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    Very True, and I will determine which is the best way to go when I'm ready to buy for sure, am not rushing to buy, since this drive is not an emergency replacement like a hard drive would be if that died, or CD-Burner(which is gonna be replaced with DVD Writer when it does die). will research and decide firmly which way to go.
     
  7. Vanquished

    Vanquished Mr. Bananagrabber Political User

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    Just a thought, but i dont use my card reader either, and i dont have a floppy but the few times i use it, i use it so i dont have to install any digital camera stuff, i just take the card out...

    Do you have a local transfer station?

    My town has one and if you do then you might consider checking there. my transfer station has a bunch of old pcs which no doubt have floppies... You might just take one from there to save the 20 bucks.
     
  8. bikemanAMD

    bikemanAMD OSNN Junior Addict

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    There is some local PC shops, and cheapest local floppy i can find around, is $23.99 (Sony) if it's in stock when I go to local store to buy it, if not I"ll just get whatever else is there, and live with it.


    If it was any other drive, I would've replaced it immediately--or my Monitor when that died in November right on Thanksgiving, I went on Black Friday and got a new LCD immediately. Geez it was crowded those days.

    Picked up Sony SDM-HS95 LCD monitor--19 inch.
     
  9. kcnychief

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    Can get this one for $9.99 plus S/H from newegg:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16821103116

    Probably cheaper at other e-tailers too :)
     
  10. bikemanAMD

    bikemanAMD OSNN Junior Addict

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    Thank you Kcnychief, since my Case is beige, I only have to Pay $7.99 plus shipping for that Beige One--same brand, just different color. So I'll wait and get that then.

    Well $7.99 thru New Egg lol, Officemax wants $23.99 for internal Sony Floppy drive.
     
  11. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    Don't forget that with XP you almost need a floppy to install onto a SATA drive (if you haven't slipstreamed the drivers).

    I have a hardcano 13 (fan controller + card reader) and I use the card reader to transfer pic since its a hellava lot faster then going through the camera.

    I wouldn't get one of those floppy/card reader combos.
     
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  12. kcnychief

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    B&M Stores are always more expensive than online stores such as NewEgg, ZipZoomFly, etc.

    B&M = Brick and Mortar (physical store presence).
     
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  13. bikemanAMD

    bikemanAMD OSNN Junior Addict

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    Yeah I decided not to get a Floppy/Card reader combo, and just get the floppy alone, and I don't Have serial ata drivers slipstreamed at all into my Windows XP CD, don't even have Serial ATA hard drive yet, but I plan on getting one when I eventually replace 60gb hard drive from 2001.