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    Death Knell Of The 3.5" Floppy Disk To Be Rung Soon [It Says Here]


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    I find myself needing a floppy disk sometimes, some machines are picky from what they will boot ghost on. But saying that bootable USB drives have replaced most my needs for one and only 30% of PC’s in the school has floppy disk drives. They were just another holder for a paper clips or bits of paper.

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    We have hardly any machine with floppy drives. We've only needed one twice. Once when I was messing with ghost booting, and once when a DT teacher passed me a digital camera and asked have you got a card reader for this, it was a Sony Mavica.

    Oddly my Core2Quad pc does have one.

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    I still use a FDD as our Boxford DT Software needs one to install Wonder if they still use that with the latest version as I bet the one we have now won't be Windows 7 compatible

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    Quote Originally Posted by john View Post
    I still use a FDD as our Boxford DT Software needs one to install Wonder if they still use that with the latest version as I bet the one we have now won't be Windows 7 compatible
    The new version of Boxford 2D design comes on a separate CD it’s a bit of a waste of a CD, I think FDD Boxford is compatible because I think I remember installing it on the image.

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    This isn't the 2D Design stuff, although we do have a FDD for that, this is the actual disk for the Boxford Software (something or other V10 it is), so we use two FDDs when we install it

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    There is always the option of the external USB FDD.

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    I've only got 2 machine with 3.5" drives... I wonder how long it'll be before I can bare to throw out the boxes of disks in my room!

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    I don't recall seeing any of the machines here with floopy drives no even the oldest ones - but then again they don't have cd drives either so i guess they where either purchased without or removed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveP View Post
    There is always the option of the external USB FDD.
    Thats exactly how I do it now as all our FDDs are just used as blanking plates tbh most are dead, full of sweety papers, lolly pop sticks etc

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    got 1 USB floppy drive at our place, that's the only one in the entire school (possibly one in a really old teacher laptop that hasn't been replaced in years mind - you know the ones, the teacher that uses their laptop once a year maximum and forgets the have it)

    i think the ONLY use i've had for it in my 4 years there was to take a licence key off an old version of 2D Design, which now remains on a share on the network

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbios View Post
    got 1 USB floppy drive at our place, that's the only one in the entire school (possibly one in a really old teacher laptop that hasn't been replaced in years mind - you know the ones, the teacher that uses their laptop once a year maximum and forgets the have it)
    One of those RMs the size of a paving slab. I have one of those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K.C.Leblanc View Post
    One of those RMs the size of a paving slab. I have one of those.
    Way back when i was still in school helping the then IT techs i got given one of those, managed to flog it for £80

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    They still make these things?

    Quote Originally Posted by mrbios View Post
    Way back when i was still in school helping the then IT techs i got given one of those, managed to flog it for £80
    Only a single paving slab?

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