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Tired of USB flash drives failing? Are SSDs too fast and CDs too big? Get this 1.44Mb USB floppy drive for just £7.99 prime / £11.98 non prime Sold by HusDow UK and Fulfilled by Amazon and dust off those diskettes

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Revive the nostalgia of those sexy clicking and electro-mechanical floppy disks. Storing a whopping 1.44Mb of data (enough for a 30 second 128kbps mp3 or a couple of Jpegs), should be plenty for you t… Read More
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Revive the nostalgia of those sexy clicking and electro-mechanical floppy disks. Storing a whopping 1.44Mb of data (enough for a 30 second 128kbps mp3 or a couple of Jpegs), should be plenty for you to get buy and stash away a secret word document, embarrassing photo, a pic of your favorite adult movie star or your little black book of phone numbers.

Kids: forget USB flash drives and DVDs - these were the shizzle back in the day!

You can save a couple of quid on ebay and there are one or 2 for less on amazon, but this one is fulfilled by amazon - and its worth it for the nostalgia alone!

Here's the spiel:

【Old files back to life】With this external floppy disk reader, you can back up and transfer your old pictures/data to get rid of the trouble of old disk data layed around

【Ultra slim and Easy Plug-and-Play】Little deivce for you to carry. No drive needed. Plug and play,easy to use.

【USB interface and USB Powered】Compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.0.Powered directly from the USB port, no external power required.

【Compatible System and Data Capacity】Support Windows 98/SE/2000/ME/XP/VISTA/Windows 7/Windows 8/Mac and Read/Write 1.44 MB floppy disk

【Warranty】Every HusDow product includes an 45 days money-back & 18-month warranty. Please buy with confidence and don't hesitate to contact us if having any question, we'll get to you within 24 hours.
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Spent hours in front of this:

http://jope.fi/xcopy/img/xcopy3.1en.png
59 Likes
https://media.giphy.com/media/14t4xNx73s9Zfi/giphy.gif
30 Likes
Not a fan of this new fangled 3.5" tech, it's witchcraft. You know where you are with a 5.25" disk.
22 Likes
As I get older, my floppy is becoming floppier
21 Likes
can anyone recommend software that will back up your hard drive to multiple floppies?

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5 Likes #1
Cold it`s not USB 4.0 ;)
22 Likes #2
As I get older, my floppy is becoming floppier
8 Likes #3
wow. i remember paying 65 quid for a 2nd disc drive for my amiga.
#4
this is double density discs though? sure 720k or 800 was standard?
5 Likes #5
why
21 Likes #6
can anyone recommend software that will back up your hard drive to multiple floppies?
4 Likes #7
I think monkey island 2 was the most number of floppies. 13? vague memories of installing windows 3.1 multiple times and then windows 95 upgrade on cd!
10 Likes #8
Great, our son's half term project can be to install win3.1 off a dozen floppies. Good times.
6 Likes #9
I loved installing Win3.1 from floppies. Loved it even more when Disk 12 error'd! :D
4 Likes #10
Finally some reliable technology
2 Likes #11
I "won" a copy of OS/2 Warp which came on floppy including an office suite of some sort. Think there's about 30 something discs in the box (unused).
3 Likes #12
I remember Coral Draw on floppy diskoO
5 Likes #13
I loved os2 Warp brilliant operating system well ahead of its time.

Installing Windows 95 from floppies was the last big multi floppy disk install I did took a very very long time.

Does anyone remember bring able to diagnose whether it was going to work based on listening to the drive in action?

Up until fairly recently used floppy disks to rebuild the tills in Lidl if you swapped a Siemens Beetle out, turn key in keyboard put floppy in one till it'd create a boot disk & put the till in master mode (like Ghost) then boot the new till & it closed itself from the existing good till.

Of course the floppy drives would always be buggered.... Lol

Ahhh good times
3 Likes #14
jameshothothot
I think monkey island 2 was the most number of floppies. 13? vague memories of installing windows 3.1 multiple times and then windows 95 upgrade on cd!
Mad Dog Mccree game had more than 50 discs :)
30 Likes #15
Not a fan of this new fangled 3.5" tech, it's witchcraft. You know where you are with a 5.25" disk.
2 Likes #16
Fits nicely in my draw right next to my Raspberry Pi.
Bit pointless but voted Hot because of the sex'd up description.
1 Like #17
Ordered!
Cheers OP
4 Likes #18
What a time to be alive
61 Likes #19
Spent hours in front of this:

http://jope.fi/xcopy/img/xcopy3.1en.png
9 Likes #20
The sign of a dying floppy disk :D

http://www.data-recovery-experts.com/images/unformatted.JPG
1 Like #21
Roger_Irrelevant
Spent hours in front of this:

http://jope.fi/xcopy/img/xcopy3.1en.png


ha. was never sure if they defeated copy protection or not! was always a slow copy mode etc. ha........ friend comes over..brings his discs. copy.

in my spectrum days we just copied c90 tapes and had no idea what games on it!
#22
Roger_Irrelevant
Spent hours in front of this:

http://jope.fi/xcopy/img/xcopy3.1en.png


that brings back memories. device ram! yes i think with one drive you might not have been able to get a whole disc in ram so had to swap back. recall getting extra memory stick too. wow...
1 Like #23
Jules_HT
Not a fan of this new fangled 3.5" tech, it's witchcraft. You know where you are with a 5.25" disk.
:)
I think my brother has still got his atari 800xl and its 5 1/4" floppy drive somewhere, a massive 130KB of storage!

Although that was big enough to fit quite a few backup copies and memory dumps of our games on one disc( Iwrote my own backup software).

It was a single sided drive controlled by a 6502 derivative processor, and connected to the atari's single serial port although you could buy a rather expensive serial hub to connect multiple devices.


Edited By: melted on Oct 26, 2016 16:37
2 Likes #24
Forgot to vote have a 100 OP
2 Likes #25
Do they do one for the 8 inch floppies?
3 Likes #26
Dragon32
Do they do one for the 8 inch floppies?

Boasting will get you nowhere, and you seem to be on the wrong thread oO

Edited By: Treboeth on Oct 26, 2016 16:49
#27
Still have several copies of OS/2 Warp 3.0, which came on over 30 floppies. Also Windows NT 3.1, which has over 20 since the accompanying CD would only install on very few obscure SCSI CD drives and had no support for ATAPI. MS Office 4.3 was another bloater with 20+ diskettes and I have an unopened box of Office 95 Pro on diskettes, which almost certainly has even more. I hated getting to disk 19 of 20 and then hearing the grinding sound when I found the dodgy diskette that couldn't be read. A real pain in the backside.

The limitation of many cheap usb floppy drives is that they can only write to the capacity they are set up for - in this case 1.44MB. You can't usually format a floppy to 720kB in one of these - you need a proper mechanical floppy drive attached to a floppy controller for that or any other custom formats.
1 Like #28
jameshothothot
I think monkey island 2 was the most number of floppies. 13? vague memories of installing windows 3.1 multiple times and then windows 95 upgrade on cd!


Apparently Lightwave 3D came on 50 floppies...
1 Like #29
jameshothothot
Roger_Irrelevant
Spent hours in front of this:

http://jope.fi/xcopy/img/xcopy3.1en.png

ha. was never sure if they defeated copy protection or not! was always a slow copy mode etc. ha........ friend comes over..brings his discs. copy.

in my spectrum days we just copied c90 tapes and had no idea what games on it!

You needed a special ISA floppy controller board to defeat copy protection back in the day. Central Point was the best known. I think it was called an Option Board or something and there were deluxe versions that could handle all sorts of floppy formats from Atari to Amiga to Apple Mac. You might still get one on eBay if you are lucky but they were always a bit pricey from what I can remember.
1 Like #31
Urbangent
jameshothothot
I think monkey island 2 was the most number of floppies. 13? vague memories of installing windows 3.1 multiple times and then windows 95 upgrade on cd!


Apparently Lightwave 3D came on 50 floppies...


I used to have Rise of the Robots, that had 18 or so
2 Likes #32
Disks are £11.75 for 10, so about £1.23 per MB.
Difference between iPhone 7 32GB and 128GB is £100, so 96p per MB
So Floppys are more expensive per megabyte than even Apple charge!
1 Like #33
We had a Sony digital camera that cost us nearly a grand that took floppies. I remember the prictures as being great quality but probably now were ****
#34
Hehe head added xxxxx
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https://media.giphy.com/media/14t4xNx73s9Zfi/giphy.gif
3 Likes #36
It's funny how these discs (is it c or k) are still used as the save symbol on some programmes.
#37
Total Recall !
#38
alg
I "won" a copy of OS/2 Warp which came on floppy including an office suite of some sort.
Lotus Smartsuite, most likely. Loved it.
#39
dheydl
jameshothothot
Roger_Irrelevant
Spent hours in front of this:http://jope.fi/xcopy/img/xcopy3.1en.png
ha. was never sure if they defeated copy protection or not! was always a slow copy mode etc. ha........ friend comes over..brings his discs. copy.
in my spectrum days we just copied c90 tapes and had no idea what games on it!
You needed a special ISA floppy controller board to defeat copy protection back in the day. Central Point was the best known. I think it was called an Option Board or something and there were deluxe versions that could handle all sorts of floppy formats from Atari to Amiga to Apple Mac. You might still get one on eBay if you are lucky but they were always a bit pricey from what I can remember.
oh yes. I do remember some connector for my second floppy drive.... wow... memories!
#40
m.ad
Disks are £11.75 for 10, so about £1.23 per MB.
Difference between iPhone 7 32GB and 128GB is £100, so 96p per MB
So Floppys are more expensive per megabyte than even Apple charge!
ha... except 1000 times difference in MB and GB (or is it 1,024 but most hard drives seem to be working in decimal not binary for size)

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