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Death of the floppy drive?
Do any self respecting MAC users still use floppy drives?
DiAMOndDavE




msg:980068
 5:01 am on Sep 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

Just curious...does anyone have any up to date stats on just how many MAC users still persist with floppy drives (internal and external)?

Stay free
DiAMOndDavE

 

buckworks




msg:980069
 6:39 am on Sep 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

I'm on an iMac and have an external floppy drive that I haven't used for well over a year. I didn't buy it, I inherited it. I use my Zip drive sometimes, mostly for backups.

EliteWeb




msg:980070
 5:08 pm on Sep 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

Ive wished my Mac has had a floppy drive many times, those of which happened to be when it wasn't on a network though :P other than that I hotline it all over the network (:

jimbo_mac




msg:980071
 5:11 pm on Sep 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

I used the floppy drive just yesterday....a floppy from my wifes work PC ;)

Handy to have all the options.

mivox




msg:980072
 5:25 pm on Sep 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

I have a floppy, but I don't use it. With a zip drive, SmartMedia reader, and CD-ROM (also got a CD-RW at work), I never need one.

aaronjf




msg:980073
 7:22 pm on Sep 19, 2002 (gmt 0)

I have not used a floppy in years. I just use USB miniture pocket drives or e-mail the file.

quiet_man




msg:980074
 8:31 pm on Sep 19, 2002 (gmt 0)

Still using a floppy (with my iMac) on regular basis - always to exchange files with PCs. Some of us are still on dial-up connections you know (!), so emailing 1MB files gets expensive.

Macguru




msg:980075
 8:56 pm on Sep 19, 2002 (gmt 0)

The last 5 times I had to use a floppy disk was as a boot disk to reinstall Windows.

>>so emailing 1MB files gets expensive

I doubt it's cheaper sending a diskette via snail mail. Could still be a good alternative between home and work for tiny files.

mivox




msg:980076
 9:00 pm on Sep 19, 2002 (gmt 0)

I love my zip drives... I carry two zip disks in a softcase in my purse, and store all my current working files and most frequently used personal files on them. Then I back up any changes to my home HD whenever needed.

Macguru




msg:980077
 9:12 pm on Sep 19, 2002 (gmt 0)

Zip drives can be useful, for personal use. Its just like a diskette on steroids.

But if I want to send a big file to prospect or client in a remote erea, I wont do it on a 10 $.ca disk. CD's are very cheap to buy, burn and snail mail.

mivox




msg:980078
 9:15 pm on Sep 19, 2002 (gmt 0)

Oh, CD-Rs are definitely the way to go for professional file delivery. If I'm doing a design job for a client who will be using the production files when I'm done, I burn them to CD-R and deliver it after I receive the final payment.

transistor




msg:980079
 7:38 am on Sep 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

Network, Email, FTP, Zips, CD-R and CD-RW for me.
I haven't used a Floppy in years!

I even removed the floppy drive from my Beige G3 and placed the internal Zip in it's place when I installed OS X in it, because OS X does not support the Beige G3 floppy drive (but does support USB floppy drives).

Looking forward for a USB minidrive though.

chris_f




msg:980080
 9:15 am on Sep 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

There may be loads of ways of transferring files that are more efficient, however, I use a floppy drive at least 20-30 times a day (although it's mostly to rebuild a broken pc). They are cheap and easily bootable.

They've still got my vote.

Chris.

lawman




msg:980081
 10:50 am on Sep 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

The rumors of its death are greatly exaggerated. :)

lawman

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