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Thinking of gettiing an external USB floppy questions

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by lwt210, Jan 6, 2005.

  1. lwt210

    lwt210

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    My work laptop does not contain a CD/DVD drive and only has a floppy drive. Lately, I have been needing to get some data from the work computer to the home notebook and was thinking of getting a cheap external floppy for my personal laptop.

    Most of this will be simple data like Word documents and such. Nothing fancy or large.

    Suggestions? Office Max has one with a rebate right now. Anything I should be looking for? Any brands that I should shy away from? Price on theirs comes to like twenty bucks after rebate.

    Or is a floppy a floppy a floppy? Thanks in advance.
     

  2. bobby_w

    bobby_w Alienigena Platinum Member

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  3. grantglock

    grantglock /dev/null

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  4. In South Africa a floppy is called a stiffy.The newer smaller floppies are stiffer and less floppy than the older larger floppies.
     
  5. modgun

    modgun CLM

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    Ive got my stiffy stuck in the computer!
     
  6. lwt210

    lwt210

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    Oh yeah, I would love to just plug a USB drive in and go.......


    ....it's just that our system administrators have all sorts of safeguards in place to make it that much more difficult to load and unload data off these things. Guess that they are afraid someone is going to short out the network.

    I was told by another that his USB flash drive would not work on our city computers. The floppy (plugged into my home system) is the only way that I can get data swapped. The city floppy works as it should and I can use that to swap data.

    Is there a way to disable the USB port so that I can't use a flash drive or was that guy just doing something wrong? I'd hate to lay out cash for something that I can't use but I kind of need one for pics and getting them developed so that I can clear the memory on my digicam.

    Maybe I'll buy a small one and try it out. If it doesn't work, I can use it for home use I guess.
     
  7. If I remember correctly there has to be software installed to use USB flash drive.I just received some software to use one in Linux but I haven't tried it yet.
     
  8. David N.

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    What kind of OS is on the city computers?

    As to price, buy.com almost always has some brand of them on sale and with a rebate. You can usually find a 256mb one for less than $20, or a 512mb one for around $30, after the rebate. Free shipping is offered on orders over $25 for most things, including the usb drives.

    http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=10372843&adid=17070&dcaid=0
     
  9. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

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    Not really software, per se, but you do need to set up the simlinks and such.

    All my Debian OSes have Flash drive capabilities.
     
  10. lwt210

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    Windows 2000, 800 megahurt Celerons, floppy drive very small hard drive.....

    you know...ancient.

    I talked to another guy today and he said that he was able to swap data with a USB flash drive and it worked fine.

    My city system will accept an optical mouse so I know that the port is active. Yet, when I plugged my digital camera into it, it flashed up a system administrator requirement

    I tried to ask some of the IT folks but of course they were of little help. It looks like I am going to have to buy one and try it. If it doesn't work, I'll use it for my home notebook and picture developing.

    Then I will be back at square one again. Thanks for all the help thusfar.
     
  11. Perrito

    Perrito Millennium Member

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    Those USB jump drives are the way to go for sure. I have a sandisk cruzer titanium that holds just about anything short of a compact disk and it's faster than a compact disk both reading and writing. Depending on the operating system you will be using them on dictates whether or not you'll need to install the drivers. Drivers shouldn't be needed for Windows XP, Windows ME, or Windows 2000. For Windows 98 and 98SE you'll need drivers, which will come with your jump drive or you can download 'em (and they're small enough to fit on a floppy :)). I couldn't live without my jump drives!
     
  12. http://www.lehigh.edu/helpdesk/faq/qa/keychain.shtml
     
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  14. prism

    prism more ammo

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    could you email the files to a personal email account? (yahoo, google, etc)

    if you had some webspace, could you upload them to it from work?
     
  15. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

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    Most ISP's give their customers a limited amount of web page space with their accounts.

    10MB or 20MB files can be shared and transferred in this way. You can set up a much larger page if you are willing to pay for the space and bandwidth.
     
  16. I resent that remark. So does my G19. If it wasn't for that lanyard on my flash drive I would have lost it a long time ago.

    Hey..I think I'm gonna get a lanyard for my Glock too!

    Bruce
     
  17. bobby_w

    bobby_w Alienigena Platinum Member

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    One of the guys I work with wears 4 of these drives around his neck all day. When he walks, he jingles like my dogs collar.

    I have the lanyards on 2 of my 512mb's, but I just stick them in my pocket. Keeps me from losing them. Also have a 512mb on my keychain.

    They are great for putting DVD's on them to watch on my notebook when traveling.