Found a floppy at my grandpa's house

Discussion in 'Computer Hardware, Devices and Accessories' started by dAVID_, Apr 1, 2017.

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What should i do?

Poll closed Apr 15, 2017.
  1. Does your grandpa actually care about floppy disks?

    8.1%
  2. It's a 4MB easy to lose data paperweight.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. Find an 80's/90's computer to open it with, it might just have the US missile codes.

    67.6%
  4. Burn that useless hardware!

    5.4%
  5. That is one shitty camera.

    16.2%
  6. It might be empty.

    16.2%
  7. Wow, floppy disks make me feel old...

    21.6%
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  1. dAVID_
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    It's *relatively* clean.
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  2. sarkwalvein

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    4MB... that PoS is 1.44MB best case scenario.
    I think I still have a floppy drive lying around somewhere in the technology graveyard.

    PS: And you feel old when you listen a kid pointing at that photo and saying "look, look, that looks like the save icon!"
     
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  3. dAVID_
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    It's just that i remember my dad showing me a floppy and telling me it had 4MB.
     
  4. sks316

    sks316 Retro Enthusiast

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    This stuff is OLD SCHOOL. Try to find a floppy drive to use it in. I'm curious!
     
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    You are too young... I start to feel old.
    Old school, perhaps the old 5 1/4" floppies that were 160KB and you had to swap sides manually on the C64... that might be oldschool (or using tapes to store games and programs, even more oldschool... um... tapes, those things that also used to hold music in awful quality, you know?)
     
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    I have some blank 3M 1.44MB 3½-inch disks on my table.
     
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    Cassettes?
     
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    The same, and if loading a game from a 5 1/4" on a C64 was a slow PITA, you could probably make a barbecue while loading it from a cassette. Loading times back then were real.
     
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    uhh

     
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    Oh wow nice!
     
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    Yeah, but you know... we were all cheap bastards and used Type 2 chrome tapes. Metal type were a myth, so of course the ones we used sounded like shit.
     
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    Don't you mean Type I, which was actually the cheapest and most common?
     
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    I don't know why, but at least during my childhood in my homeland type 1 weren't even sold. I suppose audio houses were ashamed of them. The standard cheap cassette was type 2 chrome, and it sounded bad also, like in a bottle, all high sounds gone.

    PS: they also sold metal, but it was very expensive and people just avoided them.
     
  14. CMDreamer

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    Seeing this thread made me login.
    I'm surely old then, because I still have two boxes (maybe more) full of floppies (1.44 MB) 3.5". And a floppy drive as "new" as I got it maybe 15 years ago (barely used it).

    Actually I can remember playing Prince of Persia and Gobliiins for DOS, loading it from a floppy disk, those were the very first games I've played on a PC. Some good memories come to my mind.
     
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    Weird, Type II is generally said to be pretty good...
     
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    I did actually have something like that a while back.
    Installed a game for a client's kid, said kid being well into his computers and games, and it had a spinning 3d save icon using a floppy disc (it was a survival game so no save anywhere).

    I say click on the floppy disc.
    Get a somewhat blank look.
    You have never seen a floppy disc have you?
    *shakes head*
    .. and now I feel old.

    Previously I had attempted to figure out how to install minecraft mods for him as well. All I might have done thus far in life with computers and modding games had scarcely prepared me for that one. That was also before I encountered the bounce between 20 advert links said modders seem to universally use.
     
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    pfft, those are still used today, i tought i was about a "FLOPPY DISK"

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    Well then, find a old pc, shove it in the floppy reader, and see what secrets it has in.
     
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    you can find usb floppy readers for under $20 if you are so inclined to find out whats in it.
     
  20. Captain_N

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    i don't see why this is a big deal. Well i guess' to those not used to seeing them. i have many laying around.
    I have a SNES copiers that load roms from floppy on to the actual snes. I also have working drives and pcs for those 5 1/4 discs. I guess im just to used to seeing them. I actually still use them.

    Great to store sensitive information on. its a format no longer used that makes it harder to use. Why store passwords on flash drives that are easily stolen and any pc can use them. Good luck using 5 1/4 floppy on a modern pc. well i guess i just told yal where my passwords are. yeah on floppies in a box of 100 and no labels lol.

    I have a sony digital camera that has a floppy drive on it. it uses it to store the pictures. about 25 pictures per disk and 14 of the high quality pics. Its a Sony Mactiva BTW
     
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