The floppy disk is an obsolescent magnetic storage medium.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I connect a 5 1/4" floppy drive to a modern PC?

This question was originally posted on Gaming Stack Exchange. I have a small collection of 5 1/4" floppy disks (early Sierra games) that I am trying to read. How can I connect a drive that accepts ...
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How to backup old Mac (System 7) floppies?

I have two 720 KB Mac (System 7) 3.5" floppies from high school. Since floppies demagnetize themselves with time I would like to "clone" them to another medium before it's too late. These were my ...
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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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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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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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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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Old Technologies About Floppy

I have a floppy disk with an unknown FS-(FileSystem). I want to make a copy from it but I can't because both Windows and Linux seem to be unable to read from it. I tried many of the most popular apps ...
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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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Somebody knows why the sectors of the IBM floppy disk are named 1 to 8 (and not 0 to 7 )

I am now programming on a 8 bits Z80 computer with CP/M 2.2, (as a hobby) and the floppy disk format is IBM, 40 tracks, 8 sectors per track, 512 bytes per sector. free space is 154 Ko on each face of ...
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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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Floppy drive doesn’t work in Windows, but does outside of Windows

Problem My (internal) floppy drive does not work in Windows (neither XP nor 7). That is, when trying to access the A: drive, nothing occurs, no light, no motor, nothing. It does however work in DOS, ...
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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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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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Can I use Windows to write Mac floppy disk format?

For fun, I'm trying to use an Apple PowerBook 5300c (Mac OS 7.5.2) to do some programming. I've found the software I want to use (thanks to some answers on SO) but I'm unfamiliar with these formats ...
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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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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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Can a magnet be used to fix an “unformattable” floppy disk?

Sometimes a floppy disk (or other magnetic media like it) won’t read or write properly. Specifically, a format won’t work an gives various errors such as Unable to write track 0 or opening the disk in ...
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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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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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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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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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DD: No Space Left On Device

I've been messing with an old Brother WP-2200 and I've hit a bit of a snag. I was hoping I would be able to make images out of the floppies I typed on it using dd under Linux. Unfortunately that ...
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5.25 Floppy Disk Formatting

I'm having this debate with a friend who is looking for a box of single-sided, single-density 5.25 floppy disks on eBay for one of his old computers. I told him he could buy any 5.25 floppy disks he ...
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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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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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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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How to copy a floppy boot disk?

I have a floppy boot disk and I would like to copy it to preserve it, as a backup. If I have two floppy drives, A and B, how can I copy the disk? Assuming one has two floppy drives Can I simply ...
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Getting position of track and sector in 'dd'-created floppy image

I got some floppy images (original DOS 6.22 und FreeDOS 1.44 MB boot disks) created using the *nix ddcommand that work fine when used in a virtual environment. Now I want to understand the structure ...
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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 split file into floppy within install any software in DOS environment?

I want to split a 2.6 mb file to floppy, is there any dos cmd to help me in pure dos environment. (no application is allowed to install)
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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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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 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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Every time I start Google Chrome, my floppy disk accesses

When I start google chrome (not any other application) my "A" drive/floppy access light comes on and it makes a sound like it's trying to read a disk. It's perplexing, and I'd like to figure out why ...
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How to tell double-density vs. high-density in 5.25" floppies?

I recently found a box of old 5.25" floppies. Is there a way to tell the double-density (360K) 5.25" ones from the high-density (1.2M) ones when the disks do not have any markings? It looks like the ...
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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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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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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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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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Any way to read / write a floppy disk in a modern computer?

I recently bought a new computer. The motherboard only has SATA connections, no PATA or Floppy. I also have a (piano-style) keyboard that allows reading and writing of midi files from a 3.5" floppy ...
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Floppy Drive clicking problem

After installing drivers for samsung phone ("Kies" from samsung vebsite), the floppy drive started to clicking when windows is on. This is not my computer. So what can be the problem?
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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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Why can't computer detect the lack of floppy drive?

I have a question that I had been wondering about ever since my first OS freeze due to an attempt to read a floppy from a drive that doesn't exist. Why do operating systems even try that? Isn't it ...
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Why is Google Chrome trying to access my FDD?

Every time I start Google Chrome it tries to access my floppy disk drive (FDD). I know that because I can hear it scanning for a floppy disk. So if I close Chrome and then start it again I can hear ...