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Still pining for floppies

Question : I just got a new PC, but I notice it has no floppy drive. How can I use my old diskettes?

Answer : Apple Computer was the first major company to eliminate the 3.5-inch floppy drive from its machines, in the late 1990's, when it decided that a measly 1.44 megabytes of storage was not enough for anything anymore. Recordable compact discs and inexpensive U.S.B. flash drives have replaced diskettes as common forms of portable file storage media, and they can hold far more data.

Nonetheless, if you want to use diskettes with your new PC, an external floppy drive should take care of things. These drives typically connect to the computer's U.S.B. port, and can be found for about $40 in computer stores and at Web sites like PC Mall (www.pcmall.com).


Scratch around for disk space

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Avoiding storms in your ports

Defragmenting in Safe Mode

iDisk on-line file storage

Rescue your hard drive

Safely removing reluctant hardware

The hard life of a hard drive

Still pining for floppies

Wiping old hard disks

Dead Drive

Spurious "Disk Full" message from USB drive

Unreadable hard drive

Drive name oddity

HD recordings need more storage space

Wipe your PC for safety's sake

Resize drives for extra room


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