Don't forget the floppy

Sometimes, I think we overlook the floppy drive. I know I did today, and Scot subtly reminded me. Basically, one of the staff needed to retrieve a few documents off her old computer. No network card drivers, no CD burner. One file is too big for a floppy disk. So, I was going to try a compression utility. 7-Zip should do the trick, but I didn’t know how to get it onto the computer. Scot tossed the floppy disk at me, and all I can do is laugh. I expected a burned CDR, but I overlooked the filesize of the 7-Zip install file, which is around 950KB. I’m having other issues now, but bottom line: don’t forget the floppy disk. There’s still some use for it (at least for me, since I don’t have a USB flash drive). Hint hint? Donations anyone? 😛

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan is a Trust & Safety Wrangler at Automattic. He's also a photographer, card magician, and cat whisperer. (Thanks to my friend and colleague Steve Blythe for the sweet photo!)

2 thoughts on “Don't forget the floppy”

  1. You hit it on the head. It’s surprising, but they’re still important in certain situations. I was trying to repair a computer recently, and I had to reinstall windows. The onboard RAID required a third party driver to be installed, so pushed the old “F6” when the XP install screen came up. It then prompted me to insert the disk with the drivers into drive A: and press Enter. I looked down at the computer, and slowly realized that the person who built the computer 4 months ago never installed one! I agree that 99% of the time, I find the floppy drive useless. However, when you need it…you really do need it. Then again, I’d hope future versions of all OSs would allow such drivers to be loaded from a USB flash drive. If so, what a great replacement.

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