40 Uses For Floppy Disks

Floppy disks have been around for a long time. Some of the recent 3.5” disks could hold 1.44 MB of information. These days, it’s faster to download or email a file over the internet than it is to load it from a floppy disk (even if the disk is already in the PC!). Here’s some other uses for them, if you feel the need.

More than 1,000 readers e-mailed in response to the Magazine’s request to explain their attachment to the once universally popular 3.5" diskettes. Many pointed out floppies are needed to access even newer computers’ deepest innards – their Bios. (A surprising number also enjoyed pointing out the South African term for floppies – stiffies – though let’s not dwell too long on that.)

Dustin is the Head Editor of MSTechPages and has been awarded the 2011 Microsoft Community Contributor award. He is in the process of finishing up a book about Windows 7 Tips and Tweaks. Also, a free ebook for Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts is available on this site, with more printable "cheat sheets" coming soon. You can also find him in the Microsoft Community forums (also as a Community Moderator), Tech Support Guy forums, HardForum, and The Windows Club forums, among several others.
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