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    Now floppy discs are redundant how about we change the operating system to 'A' drive rather than 'C', and 'B' drive as the DVD drive?

    Was just looking at my setup thinking that's a bit DOS era, we're in the 21st century dammit.

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    but some computer geeks still use floppy drives

    don't think it will change, just the way it is these days

    however you can change the drive letters in disk management, to what you want, it just the default set-up
    Edited by: "Alfonse" 17th Sep 2010

    just wondered, if you use a USB external floppy drive, does it use A: or another unused letter...hmmm

    sufchenko

    just wondered, if you use a USB external floppy drive, does it use A: or … just wondered, if you use a USB external floppy drive, does it use A: or another unused letter...hmmm



    by default is will take the next available letter after c,d, etc

    yes this is a geek thread.

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    I wouldn't call something with sales of around a million units a month in the uk alone redundant

    DOS is still very handy if you know how to use it. Admittedly we now live in a point and click era, surpassing the need for text based commands etc, but when the point and click goes wrong i always revert back to text based diagnostics and repair ;-)

    Ask most experienced tech guys and they will agree.

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    Regardless of the stupidity of the idea, c:\ is a constant in poorly designed and legacy software.

    Lets leave it as it is and worry about other things like aids.

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    whatsThePoint

    I wouldn't call something with sales of around a million units a month in … I wouldn't call something with sales of around a million units a month in the uk alone redundant



    Evidence? I note one article stating Japan sold 1 million a month last year....

    Either way there is no future for floppies for the average consumer.

    I use dos, although only to ping to internal ip addresses, and there's probably a different/better way

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    sancho1983

    I use dos, although only to ping to internal ip addresses, and there's … I use dos, although only to ping to internal ip addresses, and there's probably a different/better way



    that's command prompt within windows?

    Yeah, suppose it is.

    I always thought it was the same thing. I retract my statement

    I was considering changing my drive letters so they spell a rude word, I have 6 so should be a few choices......

    As a hobby I edit a monthly magazine I get articles submitted every time on floppies. No one gives me a pendrive or CD, most contributors just email them in. For the floppy I need to use my kids PC and then use the pen drive or email it to my PC for editing. I find it hard to believe that 1mill are sold in the universe in a year let along the UK in a month!

    Wasn't there some article a while ago about what people were using them for. Somebody lined the inside of their shed with them, looked awesome

    sancho1983

    Wasn't there some article a while ago about what people were using them … Wasn't there some article a while ago about what people were using them for. Somebody lined the inside of their shed with them, looked awesome



    I once saw a dress on ebay made out of cd's!

    Disks are labelled, by default, in the order they are initialised.

    In the BIOS, the floppy disk controller usually initialises first and claims the A: & B: drive letters. This leaves the next drive, usually the hard disk to be assigned C:

    If you disable the floppy controller, this isn't the case. If you initialise other drives before the system drive, it also won't be on C:

    We're not protecting A: and B: - they can be used. Of course, if you still have a floppy disk controller enabled on your mother board, it will still be active and still claims the drive letters.

    If you disable your floppy disk controller, disconnect all HDD and boot off a CD, it will be drive A:

    ^ If that's w7 op and 100mb strange it has been assigned a drive letter instead of being a hidden from OP partition . Did you use upgrade option from xp/vista> rather than custom install ?

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    lumorukHide

    that's command prompt within windows?


    AKA MS-DOS

    You can ping from DOS, I used to do it once upon a time, but a command prompt in Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/7 isn't MS-DOS.

    Command.com Dos

    http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/3726/com22.png

    Cmd.exe OP

    http://img843.imageshack.us/img843/8277/cmd1.png

    csiman

    AKA MS-DOS



    No, AKA Windows DOS. Its not MS-DOS, its a command line interpreter that replicated the functionality of MS-DOS. The last Microsoft OSes to be built atop MS-DOS were 95,98 and ME; all subsequent ones have been based on revision of the NT Kernel...
    Edited by: "jah128" 18th Sep 2010

    Wow, this thread is full of geeks lol

    I just popped in to say I use my floppy for various things X)

    One of which is updating the motherboard BIOS, granted some newer boards now update in the OS via software and in some cases I have seen EzFlash utils that use USB.

    I hate floppy drives, so the quicker they are gone the better.

    DOS? I have no idea about DOS, I am not going to go learn it now, seems a little late in the day. If I was learn anything it would be UNIX.
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