Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd Apr 2009 16:16 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
Windows Remember, back in the day, before USB drives became common place, you had to use those weird square disks? We called them floppies, and they had about as much storage capacity as my current computer has in its power switch alone. One of the problems with floppy drives was that it was impossible to determine whether there was a floppy in the drive without actually spinning up the drive. Windows 95 almost had a feature that could detect whether or not there was a floppy in the drive without spinning it up.
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RE[2]: Why not test it?
by nonesuch on Fri 3rd Apr 2009 22:13 UTC in reply to "RE: Why not test it?"
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For that matter, I remember using Win9x PCs where the floppy drive would start chugging away for no apparent reason even when the drive was empty.


Generally a virus, trying to propagate itself via floppy disk. Some even installed a boot sector virus on a floppy, because who hasn't forgotten and left their floppy disk in while booting at least once? Remember "Operating system not found"?

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