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FIRST!!!!!! Now that that's out of the way, I remember getting an MS-DOS game and having to install it from eight of those. Come to think of it, I still may have an old PC with the giant floppy.
 
I recall making the upgrade to DOS 6.0 on eight of those disks.
 
With all the advances in technology, why do we not yet have a worthy successor to Master of Magic?
 
OmG "why is this post-it so hard" lmao that make me laugh sofaking hard....thanks +Geek Humor 
 
+Khan Solo I mean something made recently, with lovely graphics and sound, still in the high fantasy setting, with all the replayability of MoM.

Heck, I even dust off the original and play it (thank you DOSBox) every now and again.
 
I always hated those dam disks, I'm glad there gone
 
thats one point for microsoft in that case... long time ago, i got win95 on floppy and one of them got damaged... emailing that to microsoft resulted in a full set of brandnew win95 floppies instead of the damaged one.... for free of course.... ;)
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+Alexander S. : You mean Microsoft used to give out hard copies of their OS?! I miss the comfort of knowing that if my computer gets severly messed up, I can just reinstall Windows.

Now, I just pre-install linux.
 
+Jose L. : yep, thats what they did, back in the nineties... ;)
linux is always a good choice, I only do windoze for playing my favorite mmorpg's! ;)
 
We remember the floppy disc with nostalgic fondness 
 
I had restore copy of Win95 on 12 of those!
 
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I'd love that storage machine. I remember when i was use the 5 Quarter inch version.
 
At school i sold a windows gameboy emulator and either pokemon red or pokemon blue on their retrospective colour disk for £2($3) I still remember zipping the emulator and game file and they came out at 1.44mb, 9/10 would coppy but every now and again 1 would be a few bytes smaller and not manage the full zip....aaaaaaarh happy days.
 
Ohhhhh the good old days. I remember when I wanted to move an installation to another PC, I had to zip the files into an archive spanned across multiple files then put everything back togehter on the other end. Windows 3.11 was shipped on 31 (give or take) floppy disks. Memories eh?
 
+Simon Ross it is the true 5.25" floppy disks of which you speak. Yes, I remember the medium from the tech gods fondly rofl.
 
At least the 8in floppies were still floppy...
 
I remember notching the 5.25" disks to use both sides on my C64. Got 100 disks with a free notcher and then sold the disks off at a profit. Good times.
 
use for my first computer at 20 years ago.. hahhaaaa...... miss it
 
looking at that, all I see is disc repair and bad sectors.. lol
 
Photoshop 4 was on 36 x 1.44Mb size zip files on the college server... I had to copy it and take home to install... 
 
I remember installing Novell from the 5 1/4 version - the stack from HELL!
 
one day people will look back at CDs and wonder why we wrote our notes on Frisbees and assume we hung them on tacks 

+Doug Grayson and +Paul Graham  win 3.11 was 8 disks and DOS 6.22 was 3... unless for some odd reason you got them on 360KB or 720KB disks which would be odd considering 1.44mb was out well in time for those versions, mind you I was only about 13 when windows 95 came out, but by 14 I wasn't too shabby with gettin a good ol 486DX gamming rig goin (3rd rate next to newest AMD and Pentium at the time).
 
I wrote my first program on over 1700 punch cards. Switched to 8 inch floppy disc before migrating to the 5 1/4 and then the 3 1/2 to the Cd then DVD and now USB, when not using a network to transfer files. Always had world wide network access even back in the 70's
 
I have music on those things...how do i listen to them now????
 
I still have a few of these. And they are new! Never used! But I don't have a floppy disk drive anymore!!!
 
+Malik Depthside I think they meant backing up everything from old PC tried it once on a 386 took 45 of those things before deciding to just start from scratch 
 
If you have used it, it tells how old you are... reminiscing the old days feels good that lightens our burdens in life...
 
+Terry Kane wow! what did you write that you'd continue to carry it over that many medias? or did you mean different programs?
 
I am a tech lover n I remember the time I first laid my hand on a floppy...my sis had given one corrupted one to me as a gift...I felt as if I was the wealthiest man in world to posses a floppy
N today I am writing this in my Galaxy note 2...only somewhere around 50 gb capacity !!....hmmm
 
Malik,

So many programs over the years. Not sure if this was the program or not, but a few started on punch cards and grew and improved over as long as 20 years. Jumping from mainframes to PC to UNIX servers as the programs were rewritten in ever more powerful languages and databases. Some 500000 lines of code.

 
+Jeremiah Burns its one of them old school magnet types, before adhesive was cheaper and less abrasive.. gawd why don't people know this stuff??? XD 
 
I can still remember loading games off a cassette in the c64 days would take half an hour per level. Some games required a complete reload after game over that is when game over really meant game over
 
Reminds me I have, somewhere a bunch of 3.5 inch floppies that load .... wait for it... WINDOWS 95! 
 
Still have all the original win 3.0 & 3.11 install discs. Must be thirty of them!

 
I have a USB Floppy Drive, but I haven't used it in years.
 
3.5 inch 1.44 floppy before format. If um not mistaken. 1.38mb on fat/ibm format. Ntfs was not created or popular just yet. I think windows 2000 was the last time it used fat 32. 
 
For a good LOL Ask all your circles if they know what the silver thing is for. Set back and see the answers.
Ryan Ng
 
Oh, I get it :D
 
Rule of thumb: If game takes up more than 4 of these, there is a 50% chance you'd have to make a new copy of at least one of them.
 
I wonder if thats a new kind of post it?
 
now these floppies are used to seen the sun eclips
 
It's floppy DISK, from the word DISKETTE. Not disc, because they are not circular. CDs are discs. Get it right, people.
 
They make very good beverage coasters :-)
Different colour for different beverages. Dark ones for coffee, for example.
 
Come on people wasn't that long ago. I'm 28 and I remember the 5.25 inch. Hell I remember EDO ram. 
 
You had to use one of these to boot your computer up to access the CD Rom Drivers when your BIOS didn't come with automatic cd rom boot..... You usually used this when you installed Windows 95, 98, 98se, Mil, and Windows 2000 Pro..... Sometimes on the older boards you had to use for Windows XP.
 
Disk format Year introduced Formatted Storage capacity Marketed capacity
8-inch: IBM 23FD (read-only) 1971 79.75 KB[21] ?
8-inch: Memorex 650 1972 175 KB 1.5 megabit[22] [unformatted]
8-inch: SSSD
IBM 33FD / Shugart 901
1973 237.25 KB[21][23] 3.1 Mbits unformatted
8-inch: DSSD
IBM 43FD / Shugart 850
1976 500.5 KB[21] 6.2 Mbits unformatted
5 1⁄4-inch (35 track) Shugart SA 400 1976[24] 87.5 KB[25] 110 kB
8-inch DSDD
IBM 53FD / Shugart 850
1977 980 KB (CP/M) - 1200 KB (MS-DOS FAT) 1.2 MB
5 1⁄4-inch DD 1978 360 or 800 KB 360 kB
5 1⁄4-inch Apple Disk II (Pre-DOS 3.3) 1978 113.75 KB (256 byte sectors, 13 sectors/track, 35 tracks) 113 kB
5 1⁄4-inch Atari DOS 2.0S 1979 90 KB (128 byte sectors, 18 sectors/track, 40 tracks) 90 kB
5 1⁄4-inch Apple Disk II (DOS 3.3) 1980 140 KB (256 byte sectors, 16 sectors/track, 35 tracks) 140 kB
3 1⁄2-inch HP single sided 1982 256×16×70 = 280 KB 264 kB
5 1⁄4-inch Atari DOS 3 1983 127 KB (128 byte sectors, 26 sectors/track, 40 tracks) 130 kB
3-inch 1982[26][27] 360 kB[citation needed] 125 kB (SS/SD),
500 kB (DS/DD)[27]
3 1⁄2-inch SS (DD at release) 1983[28] 360 KB (400 on Macintosh) 500 KB
3 1⁄2-inch DS DD 1984 720 KB (800 on Macintosh, 880 on Amiga) 1 MB
5 1⁄4-inch QD 720 KB 720 kB
5 1⁄4-inch RX50 (SSQD) Ca. 1982 400 kB[citation needed] 400 kB
5 1⁄4-inch HD 1982[29] 1155 KB 1.2 MB
3-inch DD 1984[citation needed] 720 kB[citation needed] ?
3-inch Mitsumi Quick Disk 1985 128 to 256 kB ?
2-inch 1989 720 kB[30] ?
2 1⁄2-inch 1986[31] ? ?
5 1⁄4-inch Perpendicular 1986[31] 10 MB[citation needed] ?
3 1⁄2-inch HD 1987 1440 KB 1.44 MB (2.0 MB unformatted)
3 1⁄2-inch ED 1987[32] 2880 KB 2.88 MB
3 1⁄2-inch Floptical (LS) 1991 20385 KB 21 MB
3 1⁄2-inch LS-120 1996 120.375 MB 120 MB
3 1⁄2-inch LS-240 1997 240.75 MB 240 MB
3 1⁄2-inch HiFD 1998/99 150/200 MB[citation needed] 150/200 MB
Abbreviations: SD = Single Density; DD = Double Density; QD = Quad Density; HD = High Density; ED = Extended Density; LS = Laser Servo; HiFD = High capacity Floppy Disk; SS = Single Sided; DS = Double Sided
 
Interesting discussion. I am one of those old geeks who started coding the computer with punched cards in 1982. For other geeks: the punching machines were IBM 026 and 029. The computer was a Russian EC 1033. Well the reason for this post is Mike Teplitsky's comment. Have you ever taken either the hard (like the 3.5" 1.44MB one in the post) or the soft (older 5.5" 784KB) one apart? They were circular magnetic disks. The 0-1's stored by them were just magnetic N-S polarity.
 
Wooow I remember you.. 
 
good ol DOS and hard flopys - never ever did i have a crash. 
 
Looks like my 10 year old post-it notes I have. I think they petrify after 5 years.......
 
i remembr i ws installing dos/win3.x/95/98 thru floppy. Bt nw dys usb drives BD even SSD DRIVES....
 
Ha! I remember those things, there as useful as Frisbees now.
 
I still have a LOT of floppy drives at home. Useless for anything but making music, these days. Search youtube for "floppy drive music", it's awesome.
 
+Shaun Loney back in the days I had an Atari 800XL that had an external tape drive and a data cable that had no retention clips. If you didn't check the cable was secure before you started loading Red Max (a game that loaded for almost an hour) all you would see is the splash screen that you started with, the tape would run out with no warning and you'd have to start all over again.
 
I remember we drilled a hole in a 3,5 SD making it a HD which stored 1,44mb. The HD was twice the price of a SD back then; only difference the additional hole on the right... 
 
I recall having to install Microsoft Office v4.2 with up to 30 of these. One one occasion I picked up the Dutch version and installed that by mistake. It took my 1/2 a day to sort it out. Nightmare :)
 
I remember frantically racing back to the computer lab at college on more than one occasion to retrieve one of those.  On the label I had written, "If found, please call..."
 
Ah, I remember as a kid, taking my five favourite Atari ST games and formatting the disks, to see if it would make the game better. That's how I learnt what the word format meant. 
 
that's when molds were your worst enemy on the disk, LOL!
 
i have a red one that i use as a coaster for my drinks
 
Don't laugh, but I have till now a floppy disc reader in my PC :-)) 
 
Wait...I actually have one in my PC too lol.
 
good to know that the floppy disks are making some use today, lol the person doesn't even know what it is!!
 
That isn't a floppy... it's a diskette...........
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