Small Business Susan

Do you spec machines with floppies?

Small Business Server 4.0 Readme.wri File:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/180108

When you read these old chesnuts of readme files, it’s a wonder people got stuff installed at all isn’t it?  You had to build boot floppies first and use that to build the server.


So the other day for one of the guys that needed to test a migration from SBS 2000 to SBS 2008 I started digging through all my old media that I have.  I have all the way back to 4.0.  Well .. I have cdroms and floppy disks… but I should say it’s not “workable” media for those boot floppies for sure.  Back then you couldn’t boot from cdroms but had boot media.  You could regenerate that boot media, but the only computer I have that had a floppy disk drive at home is my Server.  Then I’m trying to find floppy disks that even work anymore.


Windows NT Boot Disks | Boot Disks:
http://www.bootdisks.us/windows-nt/24/windows-nt-boot-disks.html

Even that site that builds boot media is not liking to write to the floppy disks that I have.  Given that they are probably 8 years or more old and bit covered in dust, I’m not surprised.


So I’m a wiz at magicdisk, and magiciso… do they have a magicfloppy out there somewhere?


Hey I may have found one formattable floppy disk… amazing.


Think back to all the change in technology in the last how many years and how we save and store data has changed.  Think of how much more we save and store.  Change is one thing that is constant in technology isn’t it?  One thing to keep an eye on is how we store our stuff.  Are we future proofing it as we store more and more.  Sticking it in platforms we can move it out and off of in future years as technologies change? 


Spoke too soon, the floppy disk writing job is dying.  Off to try to dig up another one.  Obviously floppy drives were/are not a technology that ensured future proofing.


So how many of your computers these days don’t have a floppy disk?  I’m still spec’ing them on our desktops just because the HP model doesn’t charge hardly anything at all for that drive and on rare rare occasion we still do get license disks and what not on it but I’m to the point that I should be asking myself why I do spec machines with it.



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