Do you spec machines with floppies?

On November 27, 2008, in news, by

Small Business Server 4.0 Readme.wri File:

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:

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.


4 Responses to Do you spec machines with floppies?

  1. Axel Larson says:

    My solution was to buy one USB-connected floppy. I got a 2x speed Sony drive that I really like. So far it meets my needs.

  2. Richard says:

    We use Dell small form-factor PCs and they have a slot for a drive; normally we either get them with no drive or a DVD-ROM, but we do have some floppy drives that fit in those slots so we can put a floppy in in the rare cases we need one.

    You can also get USB floppy drives and they’re bootable on modern PCs (if it can boot from a USB key, it can boot from a USB floppy).

  3. Evan says:

    I do still try and get floppy drives in server computers. I avoid them in spec’ing desktop computers.

    I’ve had a lot of good luck with <> for my “floppy drive” needs. With something like the “licensing disks” you mention, I’d pull and image of them on a machine w/ a floppy, then use VFD to mount them up on whatever computers need them. I normally disk-image any floppies anyway, so this makes working with them a breeze.

  4. Biden says:

    I never spec them in anything. But I do carry a USB Floppy in my truck in the event that I may need it. Last time I used was in setting up an F6 disk for an SBS 2003 RAID config. Besides that I haven’t used one in what seems like years.