The floppy disk is an obsolescent magnetic storage medium.

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How can I recover files from a Mac floppy?

My mother has those 3 Monotype floppy disks for Mac with fonts on them that she would like to recover. However, the only Mac we still have that has a floppy drive is a Macintosh SE, and while it works ...
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How to make a floppy image and overwrite the MBR

I am trying to make a floppy image with a working file system so that I can test a 2 stage boot loader. When I attempt to mount the floppy and then cp the second binary over to it, mount gets all ...
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Service for retrieving data from old Macintosh floppies

I have a bunch of old Mac floppies, from whatever System was common in 1995. I've been wanting to get this data off of these floppies for some time but feet dragging has led to the current state ...
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What to do with old floppy drives? [closed]

I have found a floppy drive lying around. However, as all my computers are connected to the net, I won't be needing it. What would be your recommendations for it, especially if I bump into situations ...
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How to start DOS on a PC with just HDD (no FDD/CD/USB drives)

Would making a first partition (which FAT?) of 1,44 MB with a bootable image of DOS start the system on a laptop's HDD? or in other words Can one start a laptop without FDD/CD/USB with just ...
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Formatting a 5.25" floppy disk

So after the massive trouble of finding a 5.25" floppy drive and a connecting it up, then changing the BIOS so it's set as my A: drive, I tried to format a couple of high-density 1.2MB floppy disks ...
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Combining several boot floppy disks into one HD floppy

I have a bit of an obsession with old operating systems, and while teaching myself to use UNIX and about operating systems I came across Minix 1.1. I want to install this on an old Dell setup, and ...
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Getting a Macintosh Plus up and running…?

I found an old Mac Plus, and when I turned it on, it had a flashing image of a floppy drive on the screen. Does that mean I have to have a OS floppy? Or can it only be run using an empty one?
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How can I install ubuntu with no cd drive or usb-bootup

I have a very old pc (Dell optiplex g150) with a floppy drive, a harddisk and some usb ports. Now the bios does not seem to support to boot from usb drive. I want to install ubuntu server. Is it ...
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Restoring ancient zip file spanning floppy disks: pkzipfix equivalents?

I'm about to attempt something odd, and before I wasted time going down the wrong paths, I thought I'd see if anyone here has done this before. I have a zip file created in DOS (in 1997?) with pkzip ...
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Universal Floppy controller for USB

HI, I have an old 5.25" floppy drive and I'd like to conect it to my computer. Now, I could open the case and install the drive, of course, but I'm seeking a more convenient solution. There are ...
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How do I install a 3.5" floppy on a new motherboard?

I'm trying to install a floppy drive in my new desktop. I don't know much about IDE connections/cables but it seems there are multiple types. I've seen some with pins in the middle taken out and ...
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Best Floppy Drive for reading old floppies

I have a stack of about 30 floppy disks (3.5" type) that have some old childhood memories on them. However, I'm putting them into my random "cheapo" USB floppy drive and every single one is coming ...
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Acer Aspire One - Floppy

If I buy an external USB floppy disk drive will my laptop be able to boot from it? I believe the model is AOA150, it has ZG5 written as model on the bottom also.
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Can a Double-Density Floppy drive be swapped out for a High-Density drive?

I'm trying to fix the floppy drive in my Roland MC-500. The floppy drive inside is a Matsushita DDF3-1 which doesn't seem to be in production anymore. The DDF3-2 is still available, however it is an ...
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install software that comes on 3.5 inch floppies

How do I install software which comes on 3.5 inch floppies onto a laptop that does no have a floppy drive?
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Why would Windows 7 suddenly show it has a floppy drive that it doesn't have?

All of a sudden my Windows 7 machine shows it has a Floppy Disk Drive (A:) although the machine physically doesn't have a floppy drive and never has. What is the reason for this and how can I remove ...
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Removing floppy drive icon from My computer and send to menu

I don't have a floppy drive and still my computer shows floppy drive in My computer as well as in Send To menu [Right click - >send to-> Desktop or Floppy drive] So how do I remove or hide this ...
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Dell Dimension l866r

I'm using an old Dell Dimension l866R desktop w/a floppy drive detected error upon boot. There is a floppy drive in the case but it's not connected to power supply nor motherboard. None of the keys ...
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How can I use my 3.5” disk drive without having to insert a floppy in my 5.25” drive as well?

I have some troubles to correctly install a 5.25" floppy drive in a old (1999) computer. The drives are set this way: A: 3.5" floppy @ 1.44 MB B: 5.25" floppy @ 1.2 MB (Panasonic JU-475-2) C: 30 GB ...
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How to create a virtual floppy drive?

I am trying to install a program which requires me to have a floppy disk in my machine while the installation is going on. I found a program called Virtual Floppy Drive that allowed me to create the ...
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How can I read a floppy disk formatted by Windows 3.1 on Windows XP?

I'm trying to move some files off an 15-year-old PC running Windows 3.1. I copied them onto a floppy disk that I formatted in Windows 3.1. I tried to read the floppy on a Windows XP machine, but it ...
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Erasing a disk that can't be erased or mounted

I had an unmountable floppy image (.img) that contained an operating system I had made and I used disk utility to burn it to a CD. It said that the burn was successful. I tried to boot it from ...
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How to properly flash BIOS from floppy boot?

I have a machine with an ECS K7SEM (V3.0C) and I'm trying to flash the BIOS to the newest version so that I can support an AGP 4X video card that I want to install. So, first, I formatted a floppy ...
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Installing 2 floppies on the same controller

Since the Pentium (the first ones) era all the motherboard I've used only had one floppy I/O controller (and two IDE controllers and lately 2-8 SATA). I'm currently building a vintage PC and I want ...
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Make a bootable cd from a floppy

I have followed this tutorial http://wiki.osdev.org/Bare_bones to build a simple C kernel and boot it successfully. But, how to convert the floppy image to CD image to use it with my real PC?
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What is the replacement of the floppy

While CD (and to an lesser extend DVD) disks have reached the price-point of the floppy, they have one significant downside, it is WORM (Write-Once Read-Many) media, allowing it to be used only one ...
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What Linux fits on a floppy disk?

Which Linux distributions fit on a 1.44 MB bootable floppy disk? Where can the .img image files be downloaded?
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How to read Mac floppy on a PC?

I have a floppy made on a Mac years ago. I'd like to pull some files from it, but Macs haven't had floppies in forever, so I don't have one. I tried an app called MacOpener, but it didn't seem to ...
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Need to get a file written to a floppy

I asked this question over on SO. I have tried dd if=kernel.sys of=/dev/fd0 bs=512 seek=1 to get this file to write to the floppy. It is a kernel shell that must be written to the sector immediately ...
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Why won't the floppy mount?

The 1.44Meg floppy won't mount in my Nautilus file browser. When I try to mount it, it says there is no media in the drive. Yet, I can write to the floppy through the terminal using the 'cp' command. ...
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How to split a file on a floppy disk without installing any software in DOS?

I want to split a 2.6 MB file on a floppy disk. Is there a way that I can use a DOS command to help me in a pure dos environment. (no applications are allowed to install)
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How do I burn .img files onto floppy disk?

I want to "burn" 3 DOS 6.22 floppy disks. I have 3 .img files but I can't "burn" these .img files onto a floppy. I get the message that the file is too big for the target. What tool can I use (I used ...
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Can XP load pre-installation drivers from anywhere other than a floppy?

I'm planning to install XP Pro on a new machine with a motherboard that supports RAID. The partition XP will run from will be on RAID 1. To set this up you normally enter a floppy disk with the ...
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How To Change The Floppy Image Of Qemu?

I'm developing my own OS, but I'm having some problems with Qemu, because I need to change the floppy image from grub.img to os.img while the emulation is running, but how can I do this?
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How to write image of a floppy disk to a flash drive?

I have created an image of a floppy disk by executing: dd if=/dev/fd0 of=/home/myFloppy.img My floppy disk is no more working now. So I am thinking now if it's possible to write the image of that ...
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Boot CD ROM via floppy?

I have an older computer (1994) and it can't boot from CDROM. How can I install some sort of boot manager that lets me boot from any CD?
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How can I copy a file to a “vintage” mac?

My son is working on a school project, the subject is the history of Mac computers. He's writing a paper but has to create a visual display too. I suggested displaying his paper live in macwrite on ...
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How can I identify an unknown floppy format?

I'd like to know if there are any programs available to get me the name of the filesystem used on a floppy, instead of just asking me if I want to format the disk. I wish to exchange files with an ...
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What was the highest number of floppy disks ever used for a product? [closed]

Something I got to thinking of while sorting out a pile of driver floppies for windpws XP & 2003... Of all the software products ever released, what came on the highest number of floppy disks? ...
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Does a drive (or a drive with an adapter) exist to read 5.25 floppy disks on a modern motherboard?

I have a friend that has a bunch of old 5.25's he'd like to read. Does a drive exist that works with modern motherboards? Or is there an old drive and an adapter that would work?
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Recover a File that is Corrupted

I copied a file from a floppy disk to my hard drive. It is an excel spreadsheet. In the spreadsheet there are alot of funny looking symbols that I cannot read. Some information is readable but most is ...
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IBM Thinkpad 240 - Best way to boot from floppy to USB - Best Linux for 300 MHz 128 MB RAM 800x600 screen 6 GB HDD [closed]

Mostly I still have that old 'ultraportable' laptop that is mostly like a pre-netbook era laptop and a friend and programmer needs a computer because the one he was using just broke and he has to wait ...
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Are my 5.25" floppies dead?

I have a number of 5.25" floppies for the BBC Micro which haven't been used since the 90s. I recently got my BBC Micro and Watford Electronics floppy drive down from the loft/attic, set it up and ...