floppy disks?

Liam Proven lproven at gmail.com
Sun Mar 10 19:10:01 UTC 2019


On Sat, 9 Mar 2019 at 17:23, Dave Stevens <geek at uniserve.com> wrote:

>
> so if you get that far you'll be able to read a 5.25" diskette, then
> what? The same old machine is not likely to have a usb socket or know
> what to do about FAT32, maybe look for a dial-up modem? and so on,
> you may have to reproduce the stages of storage access in the
> intervening years. Perhaps 5.25" to 3.5" and then a more recent Linux
> will have good support for old filesystems.

OMG, when do you think floppies went out?

It was a lot more recently than you think, apparently.

I was still using boot disks regularly a decade ago. My spare PC, a
Core 2 Quad Extreme with 8GB of RAM, triple-booting Win10, Ubuntu &
Mac OS X, has a 3.5" drive in it.

It has onboard gigabit Ethernet and USB 2 and uses PCI-E only. No
legacy slots except some parallel PCI.

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