Sony Prepares to Kill off the Floppy

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van_helblaze

So what is the universal save icon going to become?

 a hard disk? flash drive? sd card?

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bart3385

Good question.

For many of us who'd been thru the floppy era, we understood the icon. But for future generations who never seen a floppy, the save icon will look odd for them.

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gymbeau2000

This is awesome news actually...the final nail in the XP coffin for the "power users".  Time to join the modern era.

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leo655

Wasn't there a 2.88 flex for a while that had many compatibity issues?

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Trooper_One

Back when I was in college taking the computer info tech program, we were still allowed to hand in our assignments in floppy (though the Access 2003 compiles barely fit on them).  The USB was starting to get popular but still too expensive (256mb for about $20).  Though CD's were starting to get cheap, we didn't have admin rights to burn on them, that's if some of the machines even had a CD burner.

At just less than thirty cents a shot, it made sense to use floppy back then.  That being said, I'm glad they're finally out of the picture in modern computing.  It was a nice run 3.5" floppy dude, but it's time for you to retire.  RIP.

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PawBear

... someone would kill Apple off the same way.  I'm sick of reading about them.

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aviaggio

I've added a floppy drive to my machines for decades. But I gotta admit I can't remember the last time I actually used it. Like others, it was there to load drivers for XP installations or to boot to DOS for BIOS upgrades and other emergencies.

But I'm finding it's just not needed much anymore. USB thumb drives can be formatted to boot like a floppy and hold a lot more data. And unless you use a RAID array you really don't need special drivers for XP.

Sadly, it seems the end of the road for this tech is coming quickly. 

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Belboz99

I imagine Sony is the last remaining manufacturer partly because Sony made so many of those crazy Mavica cameras with a floppy drive. :P

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Kashamodo

Lol, I still have a computer with a zip drive(the beta of storage). I thought those were old! Long live IOmega!

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Baer

I still put a floppy drive on my latest build. I almost never use it but once in a while it comes in handy for a BIOS update or some other arcane tool, not that there are not other ways to do it. I remember when they came out and replaced the 5" 360K floppys, that was a great advance in portrable storage technology then.

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Thursday

...do you remember when the 5" replaced the 8" drive? LOL

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Thursday

All the disks we have at work were manufactured by Anda or Topford...they're the guys who manufacture most of the "house brand" media for mid to large retailers. And doesn't TDK still manufacture Floppy disks as well? Or are they just sourcing and rebranding now?

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swivvle

If you don't have a slipstreamed xp disk with raid drivers or newer mobo sata drivers... no winxp install for you without a floppy!

 

Being able to install drivers from something other than a floppy = make me happy on windows 7

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Techrocket9

 Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

 

 

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williezzy

So long Floppy Disk, hello USB 3.0 Flash Drive.

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stradric

I remember the 5.25 inch disks.  They were even worse than the 3.5s.  I have never been a fan of floppy disks like I am of USB drives.  To quote Jack Nicholson's Joker: "I'm glad you're dead!"

Now I just wish it was as easy to make a bootable USB flash drive as it was to make a MS-DOS bootable floppy... 

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dj-anon

There is one PC and three laptops in this house, none of them with floppy support.

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khaz19

Since we're taking count,  3 (out of 4) desktops & 3 (out of 5) laptops in this house have FDD support.

 

On a side note, I work for an Industrial PC manufacturer, and we still use WinXP (with no sign of moving to a newer OS any time soon) with RAID & SATA configurations (a FDD is needed to load the driverrs).  We also use them for BIOS updates/flashes & hardware diagnostics.  So March 2011 will be fun.

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Ntldr

Load the drivers to a bootable USB drive and it does the same thing. 

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khaz19

Sure, that will work for the testing diagnostics (we are alredy in the process of porting all of the utilities over), but not for the SATA or RAID drivers.

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Nakattk

Goodbye old friend you will be sorely missed. 

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