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View Poll Results: Which floppy drive have you used?
3.5" 69 88.46%
5.25" 54 69.23%
8" 9 11.54%
Punch Card 7 8.97%
Cassette 18 23.08%
None 10 12.82%
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Old 30th November 2007, 16:03   #31
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in 1987, my brother, a friend and I sat and coded bricks on an Atari ST (that is if my memory serves me correct). We saved the game on a tape. Started using 5.25 floppies in school, in 1991 when we learnt some drawing language. I got my first personal comp in 1994 - it was an outdated 286 with a dot matrix printer where everytime you needed to print you had to insert output port LPT 1.
used to play TD1 and F1 on that. and the classic comment - even my grandmother drives faster than you.
since then its been multimedia pcs- starting with a pentium 100 mhz - which came with windows 95 - an 8 floppy set.
now using a mac sigh - miss the old days!

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Old 30th November 2007, 16:21   #32
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I first used a "Sinclare" computer - It looked like a keyboard- which you hooked up to a TV screen. Everything had to be saved on a cassette recorder- hence you needed a player that had a counter.
The next computer was a laptop -Toshiba T1100 it cane with a 64k memory - no hard drive, a 3.5" floppy, an external 5.25" floppy drive. DOS ver2.5 was the inbuilt OS - You could boot with a later ver 3.2 from a floppy - I had Microsoft works ver2 with which I did calculations/ wrote letters etc!(I still have it at home! Though the works floppies are now corrupted!)
Damn it was fast! ( the earlier one I was using- you could punch in the data and then make a cup of tea while it calculated the results)
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Old 30th November 2007, 16:50   #33
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I used 3.5" floppies and have seen 5.25 drive.
I still have the 3.5" drive and couple of floppies as well.
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Old 30th November 2007, 16:57   #34
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Seen them used them once but threw it away!!!
I was the economics guy in school as compsci was an option
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Old 30th November 2007, 17:11   #35
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used to use 5.25" 'stiffies' pretty regularly while in college. 3.5" floppies before that while in school, and my first computer was an Atari 800XL with 64 kb RAM (yes kb not Mb) and an external drive for audio cassettes.

I remember stacks of punch cards lying around the house when I was really small though. Used to play with the discarded ones.
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Old 30th November 2007, 17:18   #36
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My personal laptop (bought 5 years back) still has floppy drive.
This thread reminds me that I need to check if it is still working or not!
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Old 30th November 2007, 17:32   #37
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I have used 3.5" discs extensively till around 1998, never used or saw any other types.
Then had to use them again as the computers at college didn't have cd writers/usb ports
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Old 30th November 2007, 18:14   #38
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From 360kb 5.25" inch floppies (single-side).
And harddisks that were as big as bricks, which, when they stopped working would be re-started by giving them a whack with our palms.
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Old 30th November 2007, 18:38   #39
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I have to go ot and say Ram's post was reall good post. I had to read it in a single breath. Great post by RAM.

My relationship had been with 5.25" floppies, which i used in our school for GWBASIC programming, next I flirted with 3.5" floppies, bythen I had graduated to C and C++, those were before I had a long courtship with CD's, and now happily setteled with USB drives.
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Old 30th November 2007, 18:41   #40
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The first computer I used had 8" floppy drives. This was in 83, then moved on to 5 inch and then 3.5 inch.
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Got my first computer in 1992. Had both 5.25 and 3.5 floppy drives, win3.1 and a genius mouse . Boot was through a dos floppy. The PC also had a 44 mb harddisk and 2 mb ram. First game played was prince of persia which came on 2 floppies. Second game was f18 stealth - also 2 floppies.
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Used cassette for BASIC in my school in kolkata back in 92...then started using 5.25 and 3.5 in the highschool days....
whoa still remember those 386,386dx days
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floppy!! Hmm. Has any one here have the same opinion - the 5.25 inch ones are more reliable than the 3.5 inch ones...
the 3.5 disks were notoriously unreliable. I remember copying my final year Engg project on a floppy in the morning, and finding it corrupt by the time I reached college in the afternoon.
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i had used floppies loong back.now my desktop or the lap top dont have one.enjoyed bursting floppies .each time some thing is coppied on iit it used to give some error.i used to open them and burn them after some time.now i think few are lying at home .my first resume was on a floppy too.
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My personal laptop (bought 5 years back) still has floppy drive.
This thread reminds me that I need to check if it is still working or not!
My old compaq laptop which i bought 5 years back has a 3.5" floppy drive and it still works New one has a multicard reader instead.

The first floppies i used were the 5.25" ones, you have to slide it in and twist the lever! This is when i was first got introduced into the world of computers as a kid in my mom's office.

Then came the 3.25" floppy and the newer 386 machines with colour screens in place of the old PCs at mom's office. I used to play accolade's test drive in those machines..when i crash the windshield of the car cracks

I got a lot of old junk 5.25" floppies from her office which i later cut open and used to store the CDs in. It made a good case for CDs!

Of all the 3.5" floppies i used the most reliable ones were a box of Sony diskettes i got from abroad and they had 'made in japan' written behind all all were light blue in colour. And never did any locally bought diskettes - Sony,TDK, Maxell,3M,Amkette - last me as long as those blue Sonys.
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