The floppy disk is an obsolescent magnetic storage medium.

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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 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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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 ...
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Read (repair) data from broken floppy disc on a linux system

How can i read an old floppy disk under Linux that has some problematic sectors? In times of DOS people used magic tools like Norton Disk Doctor and others. Some of these tools read the broken part ...
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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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Reading old 5.25" floppies

Summary: Having problems reading some old 5.25" floppies. Looking for advice on what else I can try before declaring the disks un-retrievable and giving-up. Details: I recently found a box of old ...
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Mount floppy disk image (*.img) as virtual floppy drive

Title says it all. I am looking for some software that will allow me to mount a floppy disk image (*.img) as a virtual floppy drive...similar I suppose to mounting an ISO image to a virtual optical ...
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Install C++ compiler on old MS-DOS computer with floppies

I have an old MS-DOS computer that I am experimenting with. The computer has an AMD 80386 processor, 1664 KB of RAM, a 50 MB hard drive, and two floppy disk drives: one 3 1/2 inch, the other 5 1/4 ...