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When was the last time you used a floppy disk?

Today
16 (5.4%)
This week
22 (7.4%)
This month
23 (7.7%)
Several months ago
45 (15.2%)
Over a year
29 (9.8%)
Over two years
29 (9.8%)
Over three years
95 (32%)
Never
38 (12.8%)

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January monthly poll
« 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.

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« Last Edit: January 03, 2009, 02:47:17 AM by Computer Hope Admin »
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Re: January monthly poll
« Reply #1 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.

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Re: January monthly poll
« Reply #2 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.

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Re: January monthly poll
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2009, 09:28:29 AM »
Restored an Acronis image to a HDD this week using a bootable floopy...

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    Re: January monthly poll
    « Reply #4 on: January 03, 2009, 09:29:20 AM »
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    Re: January monthly poll
    « Reply #5 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.
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    Re: January monthly poll
    « Reply #6 on: January 03, 2009, 02:20:54 PM »
    Three days ago, only use Floppy's for Bootables now.... :'(


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    Re: January monthly poll
    « Reply #7 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)

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      Re: January monthly poll
      « Reply #8 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

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      Re: January monthly poll
      « Reply #9 on: January 03, 2009, 08:12:07 PM »
      probably about 2 or so years ago i would say

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      Re: January monthly poll
      « Reply #10 on: January 03, 2009, 08:41:18 PM »
      probably about 2 or so years ago i would say

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      Re: January monthly poll
      « Reply #11 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

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        Re: January monthly poll
        « Reply #12 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 3½-inch floppy ? I've never seen bigger  ;)
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        Re: January monthly poll
        « Reply #13 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

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        Re: January monthly poll
        « Reply #14 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.