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

 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



 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.


 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 (:


 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.


 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.


 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.


 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.


 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.


 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.


 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.


 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.


 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.


 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.



 10:50 am on Sep 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

The rumors of its death are greatly exaggerated. :)


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