In Memoriam of the Floppy Drive

In the last week my father-in-law directed me an email which I quote:

Sher C
Trying to clean up my room in your home.? I have a bunch of 3.5 diskettes C certain blank and some with advice.
Are they of any use to me? ?Furthermore have the labels that affix to them. ?They are yours if you’d like them.

The email from our Father-in-law triggered a walk down memory lane for me. ?I have not said to his email however. ?I wanted to share some of my memories with you though.

I recall when floppy disks?were essentially floppy. ?I ?remember the 5-1/4 half inch ones very well. I?can see the protective paper sleeves, and the care you took to never bend the disk as you slid?it in the drive, the particular notch on the side that you had to pay for with tape if you were going to write protect the drive, having to pull a plastic switch to close the travel. ?Yup, floppies were pretty much a agony in the butt, weren’t some people? Transporting them was usually a pain because once you bias one even a little too far, your odds of being able to use it again were slim to nothing. ?Ever get one stuck inside the disk drive? ?The little cheap or metal thing got bent and you had to receive tweezers out & wish for the best. ?Yup, been there done in which.

Then the evolution?of the 3-1/2?half inch disks took over, and you notion WOW, these things are just magnificent. Smaller, more durable, and with substantially greater capacity – this older, bigger, floppier disks didn’t ?stand a chance.

The memory regarding 3-? inch disks that sticks with me the most is having to utilize them to install Microsoft Office on my Computer. There were over 30 hard disks that I had to put in individually and make sure to keep them in exact order.

  • What are your floppy computer memories if any?
  • Do you stumble upon it humorous to have admire for something you would never genuinely wish to even use again?
  • ?Of all the software products ever released, what exactly came on the highest range of floppy disks?

Windows 95 used 12 floppies as I recall. ?I had a game title called Oregon Trail that took a bunch & Police Quest Open Season- great game however , had about 20+ floppies to load.

So, I think I will respond to the Father-in-law now and tell him “Thank anyone but no thank you on your offer.” ?Now, whenever he has some USB A few.0 flash drives he is looking to rehome, I am very accessible to receiving them.


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