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Title: January monthly poll
Post by: Computer Hope Admin on January 03, 2009, 02:29:45 AM
For the month of January and the new year we thought it would be interesting to see when the last time you used a floppy diskette. With all new computers no longer coming pre-installed with a floppy disk drives and programs created over the last few years only being available in a disc format there are not many if any reasons users today would be using a floppy diskette. If you have used a floppy diskette recently feel free to talk about what you used it for and any good/bad experiences you had with it. Also feel free to talk about what you're using as a substitute for a floppy diskette, e.g. thumb drives, CD-R discs, etc.

All past monthly polls and results can also be found on the Computer Hope poll page (http://www.computerhope.com/polls.htm).

Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: Carbon Dudeoxide on January 03, 2009, 03:20:33 AM
I last used a couple of Floppies about two years ago.
I had a box full and I wanted to see what was on them.

I've only used one for storage once before, back in Primary school. We were all given one to store our work. :D

I now use Flash Drives for transferring files, and CD/DVDs for storage.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: Calum on January 03, 2009, 04:21:38 AM
I used a floppy just over a week ago.
Was trying to make it bootable so I could clone a drive, turned out the floppy controller was actually slightly faulty so it wouldn't boot from a disk, but it would work once within Windows.
Prior to that, in the last few years I've used floppies in college a few months ago (Win98 boot disks, to install Windows 2000 from a caddy drive) and before that, in junior school when we each had a floppy with our name on it to save work on.  That's, what, 7 years ago?
Now, all my work is saved on my USB flash drives and various hard disks.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: patio on January 03, 2009, 09:28:29 AM
Restored an Acronis image to a HDD this week using a bootable floopy...

 ;)
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: Ivy on January 03, 2009, 09:29:20 AM
Never.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: Kip on January 03, 2009, 01:17:53 PM
I used one today to copy some files from our old Windows 98 computer.
I usually use a flash drive to copy files but our Windows 98 computer cannot use flash drives.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: Ironman on January 03, 2009, 02:20:54 PM
Three days ago, only use Floppy's for Bootables now.... :'(
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: Bones92 on January 03, 2009, 04:12:23 PM
I use floppys all the time for transferring small files between home and school, I have a usb floppy drive for use with my computer. Better than using an expensive flash disk, no-one will care if I lose or break a flopy disk.

I also use them for transferring files to my win98 computer, as well as boot disks for computers I am repairing (although normally just to get the cd drive going so I can put an OS through it)
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: dala74 on January 03, 2009, 08:10:09 PM
In 2004 I purchased a HP as my three year old Gateway "died".  A "computer geek" I know said he tried everything to get it free of viruses but to no avail.  After I set my HP up, I tried shoving my floppy disks where ever I thought they might go.  I read and reread all the directions and set up.  Finally I called Best Buy and the young man very nicely told me it didn't have one.  I was very shocked as all my stuff was on about 100 floppy disks.  My daughters still talk about that situation. :P
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: computeruler on January 03, 2009, 08:12:07 PM
probably about 2 or so years ago i would say
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: Carbon Dudeoxide on January 03, 2009, 08:41:18 PM
probably about 2 or so years ago i would say

What did you do?
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: computeruler on January 03, 2009, 08:52:48 PM
i changed my mind (and vote) it was over a year because i was trying to make some sort of boot disc with a floppy and i was putting flobbys in and seeing what was on em
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: devcom on January 04, 2009, 06:19:35 AM
i've used them more then 3 years ago but i dont remember for what  ;D

Who of you used bigger than 3-inch floppy ? I've never seen bigger  ;)
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: patio on January 04, 2009, 07:50:59 AM
In 2004 I purchased a HP as my three year old Gateway "died".  A "computer geek" I know said he tried everything to get it free of viruses but to no avail.  After I set my HP up, I tried shoving my floppy disks where ever I thought they might go.  I read and reread all the directions and set up.  Finally I called Best Buy and the young man very nicely told me it didn't have one.  I was very shocked as all my stuff was on about 100 floppy disks.  My daughters still talk about that situation. :P

Priceless ! !

        ;)
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: quaxo on January 04, 2009, 11:37:44 AM
I don't even own any floppy disks anymore. I do keep a USB floppy drive as well as a normal internal floppy drive around the shop, just in case they're ever needed though.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: dala74 on January 04, 2009, 05:57:39 PM
i've used them more then 3 years ago but i dont remember for what  ;D

Who of you used bigger than 3-inch floppy ? I've never seen bigger  ;)

I did in 1983.  It was the first computer I had ever worked on for my job. ;D
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: Zylstra on January 04, 2009, 07:15:31 PM
That reminds me... all my Windows 3.0 floppy disks are shot... sat for too long.
They ware too easily.

Anyways, last time, a few months ago.

My server has a floppy drive in it. On my old server, I had boot device selection issues... I had to use a boot manager that ran on a floppy to boot from the CD drive, otherwise it would just boot to whichever hard drive could boot.

I keep the floppy around just in case. The "new" used server doesn't need it.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: I Shooter on January 04, 2009, 09:02:41 PM
About four months ago to install Raid. Intel sends it as a floppy. I had to buy a USB floppy to install it.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: soybean on January 04, 2009, 09:41:31 PM
I can't remember the last time.  I'm sure it's been several months but I think probably not over a year.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: Ivy on January 04, 2009, 10:32:58 PM
what is a floppy disk used for? lol
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: Zylstra on January 04, 2009, 10:33:50 PM
Besides slow transfer speeds, I found that floppies were unreliable, since they only lasted so long.
I would often MEGA COMPRESS! my floppies to the extreme, tripling their size (to about 3MB).
This is awfully hard on a floppy, as you can imagine.


Then I got a 37MB flash drive. The speed alone made me forget floppies. Also, the 37MB flash drive worked with my Macintosh, so I could get updates on it.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: Ivy on January 04, 2009, 10:38:13 PM
Oh so floppies are something unreliable.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: soybean on January 04, 2009, 10:43:23 PM
what is a floppy disk used for? lol
You're kidding, right?  :o  Here, read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floppy_disk
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: Ivy on January 04, 2009, 10:46:04 PM
Ofcourse I was just kidding.

Thanks though ;)
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: Zylstra on January 04, 2009, 10:49:44 PM
A few years from now, people will be wondering why we use a floppy icon for the "Save" button in word processors and other programs...

"What the heck is that supposed to mean?"

My cousin still has some 5 1/2" floppies... I only have one. Though, I remember when I was in elementary school... we had computers from the late 70's (Apples)... they had the old floppy drives.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: Ivy on January 04, 2009, 10:50:37 PM
I actually have never used a floppy...oops
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: Buzzintx on January 05, 2009, 07:15:58 AM
It was last month when I was reformatting an old Compac PC. For some reason that was the only way I could install the operating system by using 6 floppy set up disks that I download from Microsoft. I tried using my Windows XP CD but the PC would not recognize the cd drive until I used the floppy's. The PC is up and running fine..
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: Maykon on January 05, 2009, 09:14:06 AM
I use almost every week, to do the logical partition image, turning the ghost by the floppy drive.

 ;)
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: BC_Programmer on January 05, 2009, 10:08:17 AM
A few years from now, people will be wondering why we use a floppy icon for the "Save" button in word processors and other programs...

"What the heck is that supposed to mean?"

My cousin still has some 5 1/2" floppies... I only have one. Though, I remember when I was in elementary school... we had computers from the late 70's (Apples)... they had the old floppy drives.


5 1/4", not 5 1/2". not that it really makes a difference.

there were 8" floppies before them, too.


EDIT: oops, almost forgot my addition to the Poll.

I believe I used one in the last month, as I recall copying a Doom2 wadfile from my PC to my DOS/win31 laptop. I use them pretty often, but as Zylstra says, they go bad fairly quickly.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: evilfantasy on January 05, 2009, 10:12:10 AM
This week. Made a bootable floppy.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: patio on January 05, 2009, 10:17:50 AM
I'm dissappointed BC...you missed the obvious:

Quote
Restored an Acronis image to a HDD this week using a bootable floopy...
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: jryan999 on January 05, 2009, 10:53:14 AM
I do work for a charity which use laptops running Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP and Vista (I was offered a free Windows 3.1 machine - but declined).

The Windows 95 and 98 machines have problems loading USB drivers (or no USB port), so a floppy disk is the only option.

Back in school in 1978, I did start programming using coding sheets and "punch cards".  Floppy disks are bang up to date by comparison.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: wasicuwitco on January 05, 2009, 11:12:16 AM
We use some antiquated equipment and software at work.  I needed to build another cash register for the gift shop, and the newest software that is compatible with our system is DOS 6.2.  We are (hopefully) going to upgrade this spring, so I won't be using them much longer.

For personal use, it has been about 2 years.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: BC_Programmer on January 05, 2009, 11:30:31 AM
I'm dissappointed BC...you missed the obvious:

Quote
Restored an Acronis image to a HDD this week using a bootable floopy...

So I did. In my speed reading of posts I missed it.

Or maybe my mind automatically changed it to floppy? I dunno.


heh heh.



floopy.


Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: patio on January 05, 2009, 12:28:36 PM
    ;)
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: ras58396 on January 05, 2009, 02:53:13 PM
I used one last weekend to update my Dell's bios.  That was the first time in years.  I use USB sticks and CDs routinely.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: quaxo on January 06, 2009, 07:32:51 AM
I remember the old 5 1/4" ones. I remember how my first computer (a 286) would only take the 5 1/4". I thought the 3 1/2" ones were so cool. Much more durable and reliable than the 5 1/4" ones. I also remember having an argument with a girl in a computer class back in junior high who insisted 3 1/2" floppies were called "hard disks", because of the plastic casing and because they weren't 'floppy'.  ;D

Everything of value I had on floppy I copied over to CDs, like Windows 3.11 for Workgroups, DOS 6.22, and some other old stuff. CD-Rs don't last forever either, so I also keep ISO backups of the CDs, should I ever need to remake one. As a tech, I've more than once had to pull out that disc to fix some old machine.

I always ask when building a system if they want or have the need for a 3 1/2" floppy drive. I'd say 75% of the time people don't want them, and of the other quarter that do, most probably don't use it.  :P

I'd say the invention of flash drives has really done floppy disks in. They're so cheap now, too. A lot of companies here give flash drives away with the company logo on it as a promotional item. I've got several 256MB ones from various places. I picked up a 2GB one for $3 at IT City (they're kinda like Circuit City in the US).
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: Zylstra on January 06, 2009, 07:51:41 AM
I'm surprised there is such a lack of ZIP Disk users...

I know I didnt know they existed for a very long time, but, I actually recently (last year) tried one out on an old ZIP Disk USB device. Unfortunately, the drive is going out... so, I never really got to use the full potential.
We were going to use it for a driver storage medium, since the generic drivers were in Windows 2000... never got to that.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: BC_Programmer on January 06, 2009, 08:43:02 AM
I'm surprised there is such a lack of ZIP Disk users...

I know I didnt know they existed for a very long time, but, I actually recently (last year) tried one out on an old ZIP Disk USB device. Unfortunately, the drive is going out... so, I never really got to use the full potential.
We were going to use it for a driver storage medium, since the generic drivers were in Windows 2000... never got to that.



I used to have a external Imation LS-120 Superdisk drive. I lost the power cord though, so I took the IDE drive out of it.  ;D
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: patio on January 06, 2009, 10:06:57 AM
I still have a Zip drive...
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: gpay10 on January 06, 2009, 03:55:05 PM
i have been learning about and building desktop PCs and have found that you still need floppy boot discs to load an OS if you need a CD/ROM driver.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: BC_Programmer on January 06, 2009, 04:11:56 PM
i have been learning about and building desktop PCs and have found that you still need floppy boot discs to load an OS if you need a CD/ROM driver.

el torito notwithstanding.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: ras58396 on January 06, 2009, 05:52:03 PM
My home PC has a built-in Zip drive.  My office has an external zip drive.  I seldom use either.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: nondaj on January 09, 2009, 12:27:28 PM
like most others I now use flash drives for info.  Also have a huge WD backup drive for whole PC info.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: patio on January 09, 2009, 01:36:18 PM
like most others I now use flash drives for info.  Also have a huge WD backup drive for whole PC info.

All hard drives fail...sooner or later.
Consider an imaging Program for your important data and burn it to CD/DVD's...
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: alan2273 on January 09, 2009, 04:19:52 PM
I use a floppy drive about once a week to back up my home accounts, I also have a 250mb Zip drive.
as well as USB flash drives and a USB back up hard drive, but I have been using the floppy for that long now, it is hard to break the habit. ;D
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: Larrimmus on January 09, 2009, 10:51:09 PM
Hi!
I'm new to this forum, having found you while looking to change my boot.ini file. I'm very grateful to find this resource! Anyway...

I just used a couple floppies tonight, to run "Partition Magic" to back up my system. I have a separate hard disk that I keep in a drawer with my XP system on it. I back up my system every two or three months, and usually run that program from Windows, but there was a problem at the end of that transfer tonight :o, so I shut down and rebooted into the floppies to clean up the mess and do the copy again. (The problem turned out to be a loose power connection to the drive I was making the copy to.) :P Yeah... I'm a little slow to upgrade (I didn't buy XP until a year after Vista came out!), so I still have a floppy drive.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: BatchFileCommand on January 10, 2009, 01:19:32 PM
I used a floppy disk film to create ultra-violet rays to use as a backup in case I lose my remote (I'm serious).
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: patio on January 10, 2009, 01:47:35 PM
I used a floppy disk film to create ultra-violet rays to use as a backup in case I lose my remote (I'm serious).
Can you make me one for my garage door opener ? ?
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: BC_Programmer on January 10, 2009, 01:53:57 PM
what the F is "floopy disk film" and how does it make UV rays?
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: computeruler on January 10, 2009, 08:39:15 PM
I think he means the plastic disk thing inside the floppy but the other part I have no idea
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: Zylstra on January 10, 2009, 09:08:37 PM
The floppy disk "film", as we are calling it in this topic, though we should say magnetic material or magnetic disk, does in fact filter infrared.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: BC_Programmer on January 10, 2009, 09:10:19 PM
The floppy disk "film", as we are calling it in this topic, though we should say magnetic material or magnetic disk, does in fact filter infrared.

true, but he implied that it "created" UV light using it.

which begs the question as to what a UV light has to do with a remote control, since most remotes use IR or radio.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: Zylstra on January 10, 2009, 09:13:43 PM
The floppy disk "film", as we are calling it in this topic, though we should say magnetic material or magnetic disk, does in fact filter infrared.

true, but he implied that it "created" UV light using it.

which begs the question as to what a UV light has to do with a remote control, since most remotes use IR or radio.
I'm guessing he/she got UV confused with Infrared.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: Owldancer on January 11, 2009, 04:58:56 PM
I use "floppy" often as I have a sony camera that uses them.  Very nice for taking pictures and putting them on my computer and e-mail.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: geek hoodlum on January 11, 2009, 07:23:29 PM
thumb drives  ;D
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: Calum on January 12, 2009, 03:14:21 AM
I use "floppy" often as I have a sony camera that uses them.  Very nice for taking pictures and putting them on my computer and e-mail.
I saw one of those once, but only once.  I was quite amazed actually.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: Zylstra on January 12, 2009, 05:11:45 PM
Long time ago, in Junior High School, I had a friend with, not a MP3, but a YUP. It took a floppy disk looking thing... it was kind of cool.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: Dontcallmelate4dinner on January 12, 2009, 07:35:57 PM
Today. I am trying to see if an old Toshiba T1200 laptop ,that was given to me last year, works. Had to buy a USB powered floppy drive. I put the MS-DOS 3.3 that I need onto disks. The T1200 has 1 floppy drive, and a hard drive. It powers up, goes through a memory test up to 640MB! More to follow soon.  ???
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: BC_Programmer on January 12, 2009, 07:52:07 PM
I am trying to see if an old Toshiba T1200 laptop  Had to buy a USB powered floppy drive

erm... USB on a laptop from 1987?
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: Dontcallmelate4dinner on January 12, 2009, 09:03:29 PM
Uh.......nooo. This machine I'm on doesn't have a floppy. But I have 1 now. T1200 says  to me:  Starting MS-DOS...              Bad or missing Command Interpreter    Enter correct name, blah, blah. Doesn't matter what I type in, get the same message. Could be ammo for a new post.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: Zylstra on January 12, 2009, 09:10:44 PM
Uh.......nooo. This machine I'm on doesn't have a floppy. But I have 1 now. T1200 says  to me:  Starting MS-DOS...              Bad or missing Command Interpreter    Enter correct name, blah, blah. Doesn't matter what I type in, get the same message. Could be ammo for a new post.
Probably...

http://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?c=917&st=1
According to this, it has at least one floppy drive.

USB does not work on such an old computer.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: evilfantasy on January 12, 2009, 09:15:59 PM

erm... USB on a laptop from 1987?

Probably to plug into the newer computer (which don't have floppies anymore) to write to the floppies with then use them in the laptop...
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: BC_Programmer on January 12, 2009, 09:16:33 PM

erm... USB on a laptop from 1987?

Probably to plug into the newer computer to write to the floppies with then use them in the laptop...

ahhh, yes, of course, of course.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: evilfantasy on January 12, 2009, 09:21:29 PM
Thinking bassackwards is a talent of mine (http://stat.livejournal.com/img/mood/ibrad/rollingeyes.gif)
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: joevh09 on January 13, 2009, 06:10:48 PM
I used one about 3 weeks ago to flash the bios in a computer.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: ImnoGuru on January 14, 2009, 05:53:20 PM
I still use floppy's on a regular basis, although Ive got flash drives and CD/DVD burners, I mainly use the floppy's for my old  Sony camera. Its big and cumbersome but Ive made a lot of treasured memories from using it, and its always a talking point when I bring it out at family get togethers.((Mainly from family saying how jurasic I am) WHEN WILL THEY GET THE HINT TO BUY ME A NEW DIGITAL CAMERA??? Ho Hum.)
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: terbeamon on January 15, 2009, 08:53:57 PM
I have not used a floppy disk for several months. I do carry a USB 2 floppy drive in my laptop case just in case.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: Track on January 16, 2009, 01:10:29 AM
Look, I uh.. just wanted to know what XP 64-bit would be like, okay?! Stop judging me! I threw it out the very next day, I swear! I don't even remember how to hook up a floppy drive.. *uncomfortable laugher* is that what they're called? I.. didn't even know. It's not MY fault! My cat put me up to it.. "Meee-install-a-floppy-drive-into-your-computer-ow." I am innocent !!
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: BC_Programmer on January 16, 2009, 01:33:29 AM
Look, I uh.. just wanted to know what XP 64-bit would be like, okay?! Stop judging me! I threw it out the very next day, I swear! I don't even remember how to hook up a floppy drive.. *uncomfortable laugher* is that what they're called? I.. didn't even know. It's not MY fault! My cat put me up to it.. "Meee-install-a-floppy-drive-into-your-computer-ow." I am innocent !!

what does XP 64-bit have to do with floppies?
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: Track on January 16, 2009, 05:29:38 AM
Look, I uh.. just wanted to know what XP 64-bit would be like, okay?! Stop judging me! I threw it out the very next day, I swear! I don't even remember how to hook up a floppy drive.. *uncomfortable laugher* is that what they're called? I.. didn't even know. It's not MY fault! My cat put me up to it.. "Meee-install-a-floppy-drive-into-your-computer-ow." I am innocent !!

what does XP 64-bit have to do with floppies?

I'll give you a hint - look at my specs.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: friedemann on January 20, 2009, 10:57:15 AM
Like right now because the computer does not see the CD drive so I am kind of stuck to boot it up as I am stuck in DOS.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: goodiestan2002 on January 23, 2009, 01:28:04 AM
I never use floppy for more than 4 years.

By the way, i never expect USB flash drive to substitude floppy instead of ZIP drive or LS-120;

Sometimes, future is unpredictable
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: cjones on January 27, 2009, 03:50:36 AM
ironic question, I just finished putting all the floppies on a CD friday.

Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: reddevilggg on January 27, 2009, 04:14:07 AM

ironic question, I just finished putting all the floppies on a CD friday.

Is that the Alanis Morisette definition of ironic, or just what other people would call coincidence??
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: Zorgon on January 27, 2009, 05:39:53 PM
I use floppies to save because I'm still using quickbooks 2001 and the only quick save option it gives you is to use a floppy.  I could save to the hard drive but then I would have to save to a cd after that  and its just easier to pop a floppy in.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: Frankie0566 on January 28, 2009, 12:03:52 AM
I used a Floppy about a month ago while helping a patron at the library where I work. Must of the patrons that come either use floppies or they just don't save. I, personally use flash drives or e-mail it to myself if I don't have a flash drive with me. For music I use CDs.
Title: Re: January monthly poll
Post by: macdad- on January 28, 2009, 09:41:39 AM
still keep a few floppies around for namely:
Emergency Diskette
Desktop Tools(love that game  ;D)
Get Saddam(another fun game)
Batch games, so i dont waste space on my USB
and as Temporary storage if my USB drive gets full.