Do I need a flopy disk drive

  Maryp 09:56 08 Oct 05
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I've been looking at new towers, and have noticed quite a few dont come with a flopy disk drive. Is it important to have one?

  Gongoozler 10:00 08 Oct 05

Hi Maryp. Most people don't need a floppy drive. Almost anything that a floppy drive would have been used for can be done better with a cd-rw drive or a USB flash drive, however occasionally a floppy drive is very useful, so at under £5 I can't see any reason for a computer not to have one. If the computer you buy has a space for a floppy drive, you can easily add one yourself.

  mattyc_92 10:05 08 Oct 05

There is no real point to have a floppy drive these days, but as Gongoozler says, it can be useful.

You can just add one yourself either internal or external (external is a plug and play usb device.)

  €dstowe 10:17 08 Oct 05

We have twenty or so computers in the studio. None of them have a floppy drive. Not found a use for a floppy drive for many years but, if there were, were have an external one which could be plugged in.

  freaky 10:17 08 Oct 05

I have floppy drives on three computers, and still find them to be useful in certain circumstances.

What I do find extremely useful is a USB Memory Stick.......I can download a program update, then copy it to the Stick, then just transfer the update from one PC to the other. Saves a lot of time. My oldest PC does not have a USB slot on the front which is a nuisance....I recently bought a USB extension cable, and leave that permanently attached with one end on the desktop. Can then attack the Stick to that without fiddling at the back of the case!

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