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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What about today?
by tyrel on Fri 3rd Apr 2009 16:48 UTC
tyrel
Member since:
2009-04-03

Are there still those two different types of floppy drives today, or did one "win out" and this mechanism would now work without having to detect which type of drive it was? Not that floppy drives are used much anymore.

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RE: What about today?
by darknexus on Fri 3rd Apr 2009 17:43 in reply to "What about today?"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Good question. Mac OS X, for example, is still able to tell when I insert a floppy into my USB floppy drive (it's not an Apple branded drive either, so they didn't have control over its hardware). It does this without spinning up or grinding the drive at all, so perhaps eventually one of these did become standard. Either that, or Apple found another way to probe the drive that works on all of them, perhaps. I'm not sure.

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RE[2]: What about today?
by Ford Prefect on Fri 3rd Apr 2009 20:29 in reply to "RE: What about today?"
Ford Prefect Member since:
2006-01-16

It's part of USB floppy standard and has nothing to do with old/regular floppy drives.

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RE: What about today?
by AbuHassan on Fri 3rd Apr 2009 18:00 in reply to "What about today?"
AbuHassan Member since:
2008-08-26

I think it was more to do with the drive controller than the drive itself.

Hence the Catweasel.

http://www.jschoenfeld.com/products/cwmk3_e.htm

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RE: What about today?
by 7valleys on Wed 8th Apr 2009 19:01 in reply to "What about today?"
7valleys Member since:
2008-09-22

Mate, it's 2009, there are no more floppy drives. The floppy drive lost out to pen drives. Even on the best floppy you can't fit one MP3 or a single photograph, let alone a video clip or program. They we slow, cantankerous and held virtually no data. Do not morn their demise.

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