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Old 10-17-2007, 08:19 AM   #1
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Does anyone have an external floppy drive? If so, any caveats or warnings. Prices range from $20-ish to $80 — what’s should explain the difference?

I have to rummage through a mess of old floppies (1.44MB) and think it would be much easier to do it on my main Mac instead of an old slow one.

I am tempted by one of these:

LaCie Floppy Disk Drive, USB2, $30 (have to order from LaCie, evidently)

Sony USB 2, Mac/PC-compatible, $50 (from Staples, so easy to get)

Any advice on these or others.

   
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I have to rummage through a mess of old floppies (1.44MB) and think it would be much easier to do it on my main Mac instead of an old slow one.
I doubt that will make much of a difference and the limiting speed factor will likely be the floppy drive itself - and that's pretty much a constant.

   
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I doubt that will make much of a difference and the limiting speed factor will likely be the floppy drive itself - and that's pretty much a constant.
Absolutely. But dealing with the computer itself is a drag, and it is in a dark and drafty place. I could move it of course, but non-trivial.

If these drives cost a fortune, I would grit my teeth and bear it. But at $20 or $30 or $40, it seems reasonable. What I don’t understand is why the large disparity in price.

   
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What I don’t understand is why the large disparity in price.
Styling? Brand name?

   
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Styling? Brand name?
Probably, though I think of LaCie as the premium brand when it comes to data storage.

But it seems that most decisions are based on trends, often fashion-related. Odd, isn’t it?

   
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Whereas Sony is the premium brand when it comes to screwing around with your data storage devices.

Seems an easy decision to me. <g>

   
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I first got some offbrand one that turned out to be junk.
The LaCie I replaced it with seems fine, for the little I've used it. I probably got it at Microcenter or one of those megaplaces, or maybe from PC/MacConnection.

I've pretty much sworn off Sony, so no opinions on the other. Except that it's Sony.

   
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Old 10-18-2007, 10:35 AM   #8
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Does anyone have an external floppy drive? If so, any caveats or warnings. Prices range from $20-ish to $80 — what’s should explain the difference?

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Any advice on these or others.
I have a Sony which gives good service, but I also have a double speed floppy, but right now I cannot find it. Maybe that happens when I have four computers working in one room.

Anyway, look around for the double speed variety. Mine gave good service when I was using it, and the faster speed was definitely noticeable.
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I have a Sony which gives good service, but I also have a double speed floppy, but right now I cannot find it. Maybe that happens when I have four computers working in one room.

Anyway, look around for the double speed variety. Mine gave good service when I was using it, and the faster speed was definitely noticeable.
Well, we spent most of today grabbing stuff from old floppies, using the only floppy-based computer still in the house, and it was a pain. Since I have more stuff to copy, I think I will get a USB floppy, but will be sure to look for the extra-fast model!

   
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Sorry but i can not help it
DOES FLOPPY DRIVE STILL EXIST?
What for? 1.44 Mb. Sorry but i`m quite claustrophobic some times.

   
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