Where is my 3.5 inch floppy?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Steve Turner, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. Steve Turner

    Steve Turner Guest

    I am totally new to Vista. I just bought a new computer and it has an OEM
    version on the HDD.

    Well, surprise, surprise! I don't have a 3.5 floppy. I do on my old XP based
    machine. And I've got a lot of stuff stored on floppies. How can I access
    this in Vista?

    In addition, how can I boot from a floppy in an emergency when there IS not

    Steve Turner, Jul 24, 2008
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    Nonny Guest

    Kinda late to think about that now, isn't it? You didn't notice that
    there was no floppie drive when you were shopping?

    By an external drive.
    You can't, Ben Stein.
    Nonny, Jul 24, 2008
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  3. Steve Turner

    Steve Turner Guest

    It had a drive bay in it that I THOUGHT was for the floppy. Is this lack of
    a floppy standard to Vista?
    And what do you mean by "by an external drive"
    And "you can't Ben Stein"....who is Ben Stein?
    Steve Turner, Jul 24, 2008
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    Malke Guest

    This isn't a Vista issue. New computers have not come with a floppy drive as
    a default option for many years. That's because modern computers can boot
    from a CD/DVD and in some cases even from a USB thumbdrive.

    Floppies are the worst way to store anything important. They are fragile and
    easily corrupted. They have been completely replaced by USB thumbdrives,

    In order to transfer any data you were saving on floppies to your hard drive
    and from there to burn this data to CD/DVD, purchase a USB floppy drive.
    They are $25-40. Here's an example from NewEgg:


    Malke, Jul 24, 2008
  5. Most new PCs don't have floppy drives. If you need a floppy drive you have
    two options, either buy an internal drive and fit it yourself (or have a
    technician fit it) or, alternatively, buy a USB external floppy drive.


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    Mark H Guest

    Floppy drives have pretty much disappeared in the last decade with the
    advent of the USB memory stick. They are not routinely included in new
    machines and it has nothing to do with Vista.

    You can get an external floppy drive from most stores that sell computer
    equipment for about $25 that plug into your computer via the USB connection.
    Recommend you also get a good USB memory stick to transfer your information
    from floppy to stick. A single 2GB stick is pretty cheap and will hold about
    2,000 floppy's worth of information. If you have programs that install from
    floppy, you might want to update those. (Incompatibilities are bound to
    occur with these programs and your modern computer.)
    Mark H, Jul 24, 2008

  7. Your old XP based machine was supplied at a time when floppies were still
    seen as having some use.. late model XP machines do not have inbuilt floppy
    drives.. floppy drives are 'old hat'..

    Use your old XP machine to copy the data from your floppies, and then
    transfer them to a USB stick, CD-R or directly to your new machine..

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    SCSIraidGURU Guest

    They are now an option. You can get one for $10-$20. I actually hav
    an interesting floppy story

    Last year, I built my new God Box. I went to Compusa. I asked wher
    the floppy drives are? The person said I don't need one any more.
    asked again where are they. I need a floppy. He repeated hi
    stupidity. I said I don't care what you think. Where the hell are th
    floppy drives and where is your manager, very loudly. The manager cam
    over and I ripped into him and his flunky. I don't care to hear wha
    you think. I need a floppy drive. He said the same thing. I said ho
    do I flash a server board BIOS without a floppy. He said use the liv
    update feature. Server boards don't have live update. This boar
    needed a floppy boot disk and BIOS disk. It had issues with thum
    drives doing it. You would not know because you sell crap


    Michael A. McKenney
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    Supermicro X7DWA-N server board
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    16GB DDR667
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    SCSIraidGURU, Jul 24, 2008
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    Nonny Guest

    It has been standard on computers for several years, even with XP.
    WOW... you ARE out of the picture!!

    It is a hard drive connected to a USB port.

    People also commonly use flash drives in place of floppies... the
    smallest currently available is about a gig and will hold the contents
    of about a bazillion floppies.
    Nonny, Jul 24, 2008
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    Nonny Guest

    Ben Stein is a TV personality known for his intelligence.

    I was being sarcastic.
    Nonny, Jul 24, 2008

  11. This has nothing to do with XP vs. Vista. Floppies have become largely
    obsolete, and very few (if any) new computers have come with floppy
    drives for the last several years, regardless of what operating system
    they have installed.

    Here are several choices:

    1. Buy a floppy drive (about $10 US) and install it.

    2. Buy an external USB drive (slightly more expensive but doesn't need

    3. Burn the contents of your floppies to CDs on your old computer or
    on the computer of a friend with a floppy drive.

    I would personally pick choice number 1, but all of the above work.

    You don't. If your drive is NTFS, a floppy with DOS on it couldn't see
    it anyway (at least not without special software).
    Ken Blake, MVP, Jul 24, 2008
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    Bill Meyer Guest

    With all of the new software that is out I don't think you can find many
    files that will still fit on a floppy!
    Bill Meyer, Jul 24, 2008
  13. Steve Turner

    Steve Turner Guest

    I gave up on trying to stay ahead of the technological changes simply
    because it was breaking my bank! Real estate has a much better pay off!
    Unless you're in the States. Thanks for the info.
    Steve Turner, Jul 24, 2008
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    Steve Turner Guest

    Can I have your money?
    Steve Turner, Jul 24, 2008
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    SCSIraidGURU Guest

    I have over 1000 floppy disks with data on them. 2-3x a year, I need a
    old project file. It is not worth copying them to DVD. Takes too long


    Michael A. McKenney
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    Supermicro X7DWA-N server board
    pair of Intel E5430 quad core 2.66 GHz Xeons
    16GB DDR667
    eVGA 8800 GTS 640 MB video card
    SCSIraidGURU, Jul 24, 2008
  16. Steve Turner

    SCSIraidGURU Guest

    you could do a bootable thumb drive


    Michael A. McKenney
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    Supermicro X7DWA-N server board
    pair of Intel E5430 quad core 2.66 GHz Xeons
    16GB DDR667
    eVGA 8800 GTS 640 MB video card
    SCSIraidGURU, Jul 24, 2008
  17. Steve Turner

    Steve Turner Guest

    I can't possibly respond with a thank you to each and every one of you who
    gave me insights. So collectively, "thank you!" I've been educated. I didn't
    think my XP was that old. But it is. I paid $850 for my HP5L parallel laser
    printer. Now I find they're all USB and you can get a reasonable, basic
    laser (certainly one that's as capable as my 5L) for less than $100! Whew!
    Steve Turner, Jul 24, 2008
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    Ralph Guest

    You have many options.

    A lot of Vista machines don't have a floppy drive.
    The bays are there, so you have the option of installing one if you really
    want that old tech hooked up to your new machine. Check for a floppy
    controller first, before you *buy* a drive. The other illiterate couldn't
    spell 'buy'. In some name-brand machines, there isn't even a controller to
    hook up a drive cable to.

    In that case, you'd have to get the information another way.
    Either network the computers, transfer to CD or DVD (Vista originally ONLY
    came on DVD), or USB key or memory stick.

    The floppy bay also conveniently, is the same size as the flash drive
    Vista boot disks are DVD or CD. Do a backup!
    Ralph, Jul 24, 2008
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    MLD Guest

    For $10 I had one put into the machine when I ordered it from Dell
    MLD, Jul 24, 2008
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    Xenomorph Guest

    I don't understand how this issue has so many replies.

    If your computer doesn't have a floppy drive, the solutions is to simply BUY
    Xenomorph, Jul 27, 2008
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