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    Floppy disks

    Just a quick survey about floppy disk usage in schools, as I am about to bin the remaining boxes of old ones that we have here...

    So, does your school use floppy disks?

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    Re: Floppy disks

    We use them solely for RM rebuild disks on machines (~60) that don't support USB booting.

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    Re: Floppy disks

    Only to create ghost boot disk images, which then get stored as an image file to be used with the HP usb boot creation utility.

    Never apart from that. I even look at anyone bringing them is as though they are some insane luddite.
    Its quite harsh look btw.

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    Re: Floppy disks

    The only use is for Ghost boot disks. Most machines don't even have floppy drives (or CD Rom drives for that matter).

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    Re: Floppy disks

    Quote Originally Posted by webman
    We use them solely for RM rebuild disks on machines (~60) that don't support USB booting.
    Same here, although I did have a Sony Pen Drive that they would boot from until it broke Have yet to find another make that will work.

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    Re: Floppy disks

    I use them when I'm cooking up ghost boot CDs etc. I think I'm the only person in the school who does.

    However at my old school loads of people used them.

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    Re: Floppy disks

    The only use I have for floppy discs is loading additional SATA drivers into windows XP setup if I'm doing a completely clean build on a machine that needs them. Otherwise never use them at all! Most of our machines don't even have floppy drives on them now.

    Mike

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    Re: Floppy disks

    We still have a few machines with floppy drives but only about 20 ish, only because the bloody motherboard is out of the stoneage and wont boot from usb pen drives but we have got 2 USB floppy drives too which are used from time to time.
    If you dont see the need of keeping them or your not using floppy discs now, file them under B.... bin.

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    Re: Floppy disks

    I locked our supplies away in a cupboard so that people couldn't use them!

    The HT had bought memory sticks for everyone so I figured they should be using those, and I was sick of people coming to me to recover data which they had lost from floppies.

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    Re: Floppy disks

    We've only got 2 machines with floppy drives... the disks have been binned

    I did a bulk order of USB Memory Sticks earlier this year for the staff to use so that they can work on planning forms and reports at home.

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    Re: Floppy disks

    We haven't issued or used floppy disks for a long time.

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    Re: Floppy disks

    Quote Originally Posted by Sylv3r
    We haven't issued or used floppy disks for a long time.
    They cost more than USB sticks! Last time I bought some they were around £1 each 8O

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    Re: Floppy disks

    Stopped putting the drives into our machines about 4 years ago so only a handful around the college with them in, though not sure how many actually work.

    We still once in awhile get someone bringin a disc to us saying they cant get it to work i tell them to go buy a USB stick or use the college email system.

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    Re: Floppy disks

    We still have a few of them floppies hanging around for when we need to reconfigure an RM smartcache but otherwise we don't really use them that much.

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    Re: Floppy disks

    We still have a few of them floppies hanging around for when we need to reconfigure an RM smartcache but otherwise we don't really use them that much.

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