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Hardware News   Hardware News : Floppy Disks face extinction
   posted by _Steve_ on 9-Feb-2003 0:40:35 (1940 reads)
The death knell for the humble floppy drive may have been sounded, following Dell's decision to stop installing them on all new PCs.

The Texas-based company has said it will no longer install the devices on its PCs, except as an optional extra, starting next month. Like eight-track tapes and even its 5-1/4 inch floppy cousin, the 3-1/2 inch, 1.44MB floppy disk now faces near extinction.


Analysts have said that Dell's decision is probably a precursor to a strategy that most PC makers will embark upon in the next couple of years. It has been almost five years since Apple Computer Inc stopped including floppy disk drives in Macintosh computers.

The move from Dell has been coming for some time. In 2001, the company stopped selling floppy drives on some business desktops, followed by a similar move on the Inspiron 4150 and 8200 laptop models in 2002.

While the other big computer makers still include floppy drives, they too have made similar overtures. Last year, Hewlett-Packard began offering alternative USB-based flash memory storage drives on some notebooks and the floppy drive was eliminated altogether on a few top-of-the-line Presario 900 notebooks.

And experts also note that new storage devices hold far more data and are just as easy to use. Standard CDs, for example, will hold 650MB of information and new higher density versions are capable of storing a whopping 1.3GB, or about as much data as 900 floppy disks. DVDs have even beefier data storage abilities, with a one-sided, single-layer disc able to hold about 4.4GB, and a double-sided, double-layer DVD offering almost 16GB of capacity.

For smaller files, other options are available to consumers in lieu of floppy disks, including MP3 players and Zip disks. The proliferation of the Internet and e-mail has also been a killer for the floppy, since files can now be instantly transmitted from any connected computer to any other.

What's more, a number of companies are also now selling key chain-sized flash memory devices as floppy alternatives. In fact, Dell sells its own-branded 16-megabyte USB flash memory drive, which is now a standard in high-end Dimension computers. The company has hinted that it will make this same drive available on all desktops, if consumer response to the idea is positive.

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L8-X 
Re: Floppy Disks face extinction
Posted on 9-Feb-2003 1:20:52
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For amiga emulation the humble floppy will still have to be supported in some way.

Floppy drives rule!

Hell, most of the miggy market still relies on floppies, can`t do away with them so easily

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Re: Floppy Disks face extinction
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Much as I am starting hate floppies now, they still need to exist for Amiga emulation as something like 80% maybe more of Amiga software comes on those little fragile expensive things!

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Might be better to buy up all the disks you come across for the future!

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Re: Floppy Disks face extinction
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i wish i could throw disks in the bin but i can't as i need them to fix my miggy if she dies for some reason.

I would happly go without if i could.

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Finally! I hate floppy disk and floppy drives!!!

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While the disks are tiny and take up loads of space and have a habit of dying, there is always a use for them if only for installing windows on your machine after it throws a wobbly and dies

There is also the transfer of smaller files between machines that have no hd bay, no burner, no USB etc etc. Admittedly most of us dont use them much these days, but there is always the odd occasion that you have to.

Just for the record, you cannot install Win98 in an 80GB HD without a floppy drive The reason is it doesn't recognise the 80GB of drive space and you have to use a win ME emergency boot disk or 2000/XP cd to prep the darn drive to install the dumb OS.

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I think it's about time. Just a year or two ago I wouldn't have said so, but it's time. Reminds me, I guess I need to copy some of my Amiga DD disk to some other media if any of them still work.

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отличный клей строительная смесь для самых разных строительных работ

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Спасибо за прекрасные Efrosimich новости!

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В последнее время стало очень проблематично пользоваться общественным транспортом... Лично я предпочитаю такси Быстро и надежно...

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спасибо за интересный Gerusha материал

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прекрасные материалы и новости Milusya спасибо!

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Спасибо за интересные новости на вашем Vasyuha сайте!

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