View Poll Results: do you think a floppy drive is still an integral part of the system?

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    aha! a poll we haven't done yet!!!!!!!!!

    so! do you think a floppy drive should still be considered an integral part of the system? i say yes because of tradition... that and some of my old boxes and BIOSes don't / might not support CD boot... and i don't have a bootable ME right now... and i can use old startup disks [98/5] to boot off A: with CD support for formats/reinstalls... so it's very useful...

    and as a secondary question... anyone use/have zip/ls120 or other drives that double as floppy drives? thanks...
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    anyway
    to me blank CDS are cheaper than floppies and floppies i buy dont seem to last more than a few months

    on last count i had about 50 floppies out of which atleast 40 were defunct
    i threw them all away today after reading this poll

    all floppies are destined to a wastebin...

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    I love floppies...they ARE prety much an integral part of the system in my opnion.

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    of course it is!!!

    floppies are fast, and every computer has a floppy drive (trust me, there are still some computers which don't have a CD drive), and not all computers have CD-R/RW drives, so, if I want to download some information from a computer which doesn't have a burner, I'm screwed!

    Anyway, floppies are small, light, safe and fast!, so I still consider them as an integral part of my computer

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    CD''s are kind of hard to get into a computer, that your not suposed to aka the school.

    On are related note: I have broken two of the pins for my floppy drive on my mother board, and I can't get a new mother board. So is there an inexpensive card, I could get that would allow me to have a floppy.
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    As long as we have files that take up less than one MB, and we will always have those (ex: word files, spreadsheets, etc.), floppy drives will be an integral part of the system.

    Not all computers have a CD-RW, and even if they did, would you want to waste a CD just for a few files that take up a couple KB? With floppys, you can just slap it in, copy some files, and take them wherever you want. I have got all of Turbo Pascal 6.0 on one floppy, and Windows 1.0 on another floppy.

    My computer science teacher was retiring last year, and so she was getting rid of all the old floppys that her students used. She has boxes full of students' old floppys. So now I have about 300 floppys that I can use. I will never need to buy another floppy in my life. It is great.

    Even if floppys ever do go out of standard use, I will personally always have one. I love having old computer stuff (ex: those old 5-1/4 drives).
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    So is there an inexpensive card, I could get that would allow me to have a floppy.
    Probably the easiest solution would be to just pick up an external USB one. An old SCSI card is also an inexpensive option.

    I think floppy drives are still pretty critical to troubleshooting as well as the points previously brought up. Bootable CDs are heaven sent when that is an option, but sometimes a floppy is a faster and easier solution (and sometimes the only one available). Some modern laptops, inparticular, require boot floppies if the HD has failed or been infected with a virus.
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    [song]There's always a use...[musical pause] for a floppy...[/song]

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    lol pendragon, very funny, humour like that you must be a girl
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    I'm waiting for the day when I can go down to the local store and pick up one of those usb keychain drives... they'd definitely replace the floppy and to a great extent the cd-r for me.
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    what are those? i've not heard of them... seems interesting... that, and i think pen [and possibly me] are the only girl[s] left... now that cg and michelle have been... left...
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    lol pendragon, very funny, humour like that you must be a girl
    Well, yes I am but I actually thought that was a pretty limp joke.

    The DA gender mystery continues...

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    yes limp is more appropriate than lame in this case(not me personally of course!!!!!) keep up the good jokes
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    hey penny... [can i call you that? or 'pen'... don't think i formally asked...]... what do you think i am? so far as gender... just curious... bye bye...
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    With the USB keychain drive thingy, you just plug it into the usb port and it's mapped as another hard disk on your sys until you pull it out. The sizes I've seen have been 32 meg, 64 meg and 128 meg.. and with USB transfer speeds, they'd be much better than floppies. Not to mention the tiny keychain size. But I just haven't seen any in stores.. but something as good as this can't stay hidden forever.
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