Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Apr 2010 18:38 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Invented by IBM, the death knell sounded by Apple. Sony has announced it is going to cease selling diskettes altogether, with the last bastion being Japan. Sales will be ceased there too, even though Sony still managed to sell 12 million of them there last year. While Memorex and Imation still produce and sell diskettes, this move by Sony surely means it won't take long for the rest of the market to vanish, too.
Thread beginning with comment 421195
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Comment by frood
by frood on Wed 28th Apr 2010 09:37 UTC
frood
Member since:
2005-07-06

In case you're wondering - I prefer the term 'diskette' for the 3.5" variants, and reserve the term 'floppy' for the 5.25" and 8" variants, for obvious reasons.

The term floppy refers to the disc inside the plastic shielding. Also hence the term "disc".

I think it's a shame, in some ways. XP installs require a floppy disc for adding raid drivers which is just easier than slipstreaming drivers into the install image.

Firmware upgrades, too. It just seems wasteful to use an entire CD for this.

On the other hand, of course, it's rare to find a PC with a floppy drive anymore. I don't think cases even have a slot for them. So unless you come armed with a USB floppy drive, a CD is always the best safest bet anyway.

Reply Score: 2

RE: Comment by frood
by darknexus on Wed 28th Apr 2010 15:02 in reply to "Comment by frood"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

I think it's a shame, in some ways. XP installs require a floppy disc for adding raid drivers which is just easier than slipstreaming drivers into the install image.


XP just needs to die. It's worn out its welcome. As for slipstreaming, sometimes that's actually more productive if you've got a lot of installs to do on identical hardware but for whatever reason can't use a drive imaging solution.

Firmware upgrades, too. It just seems wasteful to use an entire CD for this.


Why use a CD at all? Firmware upgrades could be read off of an SD card or USB stick, some BIOS actually do support this such as those in the MSI line of Netbooks.

On the other hand, of course, it's rare to find a PC with a floppy drive anymore. I don't think cases even have a slot for them. So unless you come armed with a USB floppy drive, a CD is always the best safest bet anyway.


Nah, most PCs still have one external 3.5 bay. Typically it's filled with a card reader on modern desktop systems instead of a floppy drive, but most desktop tower-style cases still have a slot for them and all motherboards I've seen still have that floppy drive controller and port. Smaller desktops though, like Nettops, don't. And, even if you're armed with a USB floppy drive, there's no guarantee that the BIOS will be able to boot from it if need be, or that the os on the floppy will handle it correctly. USB floppy drives use the mass-storage protocol, so behave more like a hard drive than a traditional diskette drive. Some older operating systems like MS-DOS can't handle that and won't boot properly unless the BIOS provides USB floppy emulation.

Reply Parent Score: 2