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    Hoopy Frood
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    After Floppies Ever Crutial?

    Hi, I had a basic question about floppy disks that popped into my mind because I will be getting a new laptop this summer. Basically I noticed that most laptops nowadays seem to be shipping without floppy drives and that raised the question of whether they are really necessary anymore. I mean, is there anything that *absolutely* needs a floppy disk to run off of and cannot be run off a CD? Thanks for any input!

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    Most computers these days ship without floppy drives - it's a dying and near dead technology. With the advent of CD-RW's there is truly no need for a floppy disk.
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    And for small files, why waste a CD, buy a flash drive
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    Haaaaaaaaaaaarr!

    Once upon a time when I was young and handsome (and dinosaurs ruled the earth) I used to fit LS120 drives..................that's a 120Mb floptical that will read/write to a 1.44/3.5"

    Our man from Croatia has it right with the USB device, but the floppy is good for stuff to give away?..........these days I would say spend the extra on a DVD and then you can pick your media?

    Definitely for a laptop IMHO

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    So you are saying that if I needed to use fdisk I could put it on a usb drive or a cd-rw?
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    That's where I keep my toolbox, safe and sound on a CD - since I can multi rewrite I add to it as I find updated and newer stuff.
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    You understand I'm talking about tools like I'd use to format my hard drive or write zeros to it, correct? /is a bit confused.
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    X~

    I sincerely hope that nothing so dramatic happens to you..................but yes, we keep a toolkit on a CD/DVD to be able to recover lost causes.

    I used to do this with LS120s and ZIP 100s..................but I actually own 8.25" floppies now that IS going back a while
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    Thanks, everyone for you quick replies!
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    /me stands up and affirms as if at an AA meeting:

    "Hello, My name is |ce and I am an old fart who remembers and has used 8 inch floppy disks."

    I'm curious how many of the younguns around here can match that statement... Hell, I wonder how many of them can remember 5 1/4" ones...
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