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Floppy Disk Converter?

How does a Floppy Disk Converter work? Heres my problem. I have recently bought a laptop which has Windows Vista. I have an old desktop computer with Windows 98SE. I have no floppy disk drive on the laptop. I want to save the material on the floppy disks onto a USB memory stick. I bought a USB that works for Windows 98SE only to find that you need to download drivers for it from the Internet before it will work. So I plugged my Broadband connection (which is from Vodafone) into the desktop computer to get an Internet connection only to find that the Internet is too new a version for Windows 98SE to read so therefore I cant download the drivers. Also I thought I could save to CD and then put the CD into the laptop to save them to the hard disk but the desktop only has a CD-ROM whereas the laptop has CD-RW. So that wont work either. So I was wondering if a Floppy Disk Converter would be the answer to my problem. Like do you just insert a floppy and a USB into the Floppy Disk Converter and transfer the files. Do you need to connect it to a computer. Sorry for rambling on but I have so many questions about it and I really want to know before I go out and buy one only to find that it is also useless to me. Thanks

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Apple floppy disk?

Hi,    I have been searching for a way to get the info from some floppy disks that were used on an Apple format computer in the early 90's. The disks are 3.5's. I have a disk drive. I have tried to find a converter  program online but none seem to apply to this.  I can't get them on the PC because if they are formatted they lose the data. Does anyone know a way to convert the data to PC inexpensively?    Thanks Much,   Savex

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Floppy Disk Drives UK

Hi Guys, I am after some floppy drives here in the UK, if anyone can help me out that would be awesome, Perhaps you work in an IT department or know people who do. I need as many as I can get my hands one. thanks Chris

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Floppy Disk Analog Audio

Recently i was experimenting with cassette tape loops and had this bright idea. so i googled it and found someone else had done this already of course. check this out; http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/04/25/video-recording-analog-audio-to-a-floppy-disk/could someone make a step by step instructable for this? (i dont understand it fully)thanks

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floppy disk sd drive? Answered

I'm wondering if there is such thing as a floppy disk drive that you plug into a computer through a sd port.  

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Floppy disk identifying help!?

Well I bought a floppy disk called 3D TETRIS a week ago and I cannot find anything on the internet that talks about it. If anyone knows anything about it can they tell me. Thank you.

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Floppy drive + Arduino = problem

Hello :D I am trying to read bits from floppy. For test I read only first bit on first track. Unfortunely I receive every time other state (11010001...). Program reads bit when index pin is LOW (FDD inform that disk did 360° spin). Please help :/ There is a help site (pseudo code): LINK

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Floppy disk Welding Goggles

The new MacGyver used floppy disks as welding eye protection. I recently found a floppy, and tore it apart. It seems to be a very dark filter, but does it filter UV?

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floppy bipolar stepper motor driver? Answered

hi i wanted to salvage my old floppy drive , and take the small bipolar motor from it after i removed it , i looked around and i found small ic (  LB1838M  ) its data-sheet is here http://www.datasheetcatalog.org/datasheet/sanyo/ds_pdf_e/LB1838M.pdf i found somethings (pins configuration) in the data-sheet that i don't understand like :  IN1 ,  IN2  ,  ENA1 , ENA2 so , what this pins represent for ? and , can i remove this ic from the board , and make a circuit like this one in the data-sheet and use it to control the stepper ( independently ) ? if yes , i need to know how to make controlling buttons or something . English in not my 1st language btw , so ... thank you :)

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How to make a Giant Floppy Hat?

Hey guys! I was wondering if anyone knows how to make giant floppy hat like : http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_6Dd00D9j0qM/RYxUaGWJSNI/AAAAAAAAADY/8JlD8OL7vig/s320/Burberry+Plaid+Floppy+Hat.jpg or http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/img-thing?.out=jpg? Thank you!!

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What to do with oodles of floppy disks?

I got a TON of floppy disks that my dad's about to throw out, lots of different colors, I'm wanting to make something large, not just a letter holder, or a tote bag. I have access to a shop and a laser printer, as well as resources I could branch out in. Sky's the limit, what would you make? Sincerely, Mymridon.

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Uses for scrap floppy disk drives.?

I have a stack of old fdds - they have small motors and worm gears to drive the head and some have motors for the disk but the others have the disk motor coils affixed to the circuit board and so it is difficult to salvage that. Is it possible to 'drive' the fdd over the connector? What signals normally traverse the ribbon cable? They all have opto sensors for the disk in or out and an led of course.

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Can an old internal floppy drive be used externally?

I need a floppy drive to look at some old disks. I have an internal floppy drive that's from a Dell desktop computer. Any way to use this externally, usb?

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WHAT GIVES WHERES MY FLOPPY THREAD?!?

Sorry folks looks like the server screwed up my posting and i'll have to post my idea for home brewed 5.25in floppies all over again (the post eventually appeared several hours later so i deleted it) ok so where to start (*light bulb appears over head*) i got it if you have a 5.25in floppy get it out and look at it you'll notice that its pretty simple the first part you will notice is the plastic envelope enclosure thing which is just a single piece of folded plastic with some holes cut in it, just below the surface of the enclosure is a fabric or paper dust trap that keeps the disk debris free and finally comes the hard part the disk each disk has 3 components the iron oxide powder, the disk, and the binding glue stuff the holds the powder to the disk. now here is my crude theoretical unproven construction process 1. cut out the enclosure(i'm thinking a material like plastic card stock might work) (probable impossible by hand put it under a laser cutter or watter jet if you have one) 2.use 8 dabs of glue to glue the dust trap in place on the side of the enclosure that will come in contact with the disk 3.spray some adhesive onto the disk and bury it in iron oxide powder 4.remove the excess powder and spray it again with adhesive 5.carefully put the disk in the enclosure and fold the enclosure around it gluing the enclosure shut 6.stick it in your floppy drive and format it i'll have time to try this myself this summer until then feel free the criticize and question my sanity just PLEASE don't suggest buying disks from e-bay, thrift stores, flee markets, online, or any where else for that matter

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I want to boot a usb stick that is plugged directly into the motherboard floppy connector.

I am running FreeNAS in a ChiliBox. It has no external drives or bays. I don't want the USB stick poking out of it.

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Most basic linux distro for robots and web browsing (preferably floppy bootable)?

I have an old Dell dimension somethingorother that used to have win98 and I want to install some sort of linux distro that would allow me web brows (google chrome possible?) and use that pc to control robots, arduino, LED cubes, etc. easily with serial, usb, etc. I'm new to linux but i tried installing ubunto with a CD then DVD but the instalation failed both times (IO error -the hard drive isn't in such great shape but win98 had been running fine, so I know it works). I scavenged a floppy drive and am hoping I could use that or a usb to install a distro. Any ideas? 

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Can I get a 5 1/4 floppy disc drive to work under Windows XP?

I have a 5 1/4 which appears to be OK, I think I configured it through BIOS and Windows seemed to pick it up, but it wouldn't recognise it past that. I think that XP just doesn't handle this obsolete format, but I don't know. And if you're wondering: "because it's something I want to do" L

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how can i run this motor? Answered

I digged out this motor from an old floppy and i don't know how to run it it has 4 wires : yellow , white , red and blue and i want to use it any ideas

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Arduino Floppy Music: Random .mid doesn't work properly

Hello :) I use a Arduino Mega  2560 and 3 floppy drives. If I start one of the example songs then the 3 floppy drives work. But if I convert a random song in .mid and play it only the first floppy drive will work... I changed same settings ine the MoppyDesk but it didn't work. Can you help me?

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modify a floppy drive into an external usb drive

Hello, I was googleing this subject, but found nothing. Is there a way to modify an ordinary floppy drive into an external, usb one? Thank you.

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floppy disk/ iron oxide sheet use?

I saw the ipod charger using lemons here: http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/content/kitchenscience/exp/charging-ipods-with-lemons/ And I began to wonder what would happen if  you sandwiched a bunch of floppy disks together and put them in a solution... Hook them up in series and well what? Could each one be used as a tiny cel in a battery?  I am going to look around, I'm sure my colleagues are still hoarding floppies. I think I'm gonna need a lot of alligator clips on this one...Must be something a sufficient number of floppies can still do for us.

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how do you make a floppy beret? Answered

My friend has this floppy beret, ya no, the type that you have to use bobby pins to keep on your hair? the ones that only stay on half of ur head? i know how to knit and i have cloth and stuff, so does anyone know how to make one? ill take any ideas or know-hows, i just wanna make one. even if i have to buy stuff! but if u no anywhere i can buy a cheap beret, tell me that too.

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What can I do with a broken , old floppy? Anything steampunk would be great!

I don`t really know what is wrong with the floppy.

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Is there a way that i make or buy a floppy disk to sd adapter so that i can use a sd card in place of a floppy? Answered

Something like the image, but the difference would be this: The cassette would be in place of a floppy disk, and the audio jack would be in place of a more hefty storage device, whether it be a usb or sd. I intend to use this so that i can use a camera that records to floppy, but use sd storage, if that makes sense

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does anyone know how to install quickbasic with a broken floppy drive? Answered

The quickbasic installation exe needs the files on a floppy drive, and mine is broken. i attempted to use the subst command to set up a A: drive with the path to the files, but i can't set a path for A: since the floppy is hooked up(even though it is broken). any ideas?

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My music playing Floppy drive!(Sound included)

After about 3 days, 2 days worth of Emails exchanged, And one day worth on setting up an OS, I finally got my floppy drive to play MIDI's! How i did it was, I saw this program called floppymidi, it was for BeOS, So i downloaded and installed BeOS(on an old 3GB HDD) now i got BeOS running and i installed floppyMIDI, After about 5 Confirmation messages i got it installed. Now i had to go on a hunt for a MIDI player that works for what i need, I found KMidPlay, But the links where broken, I contacted the site owner, he fixed the links, now i downloaded it and it could not run! After exchanging a few Emails he gave me another version of the program, It worked at last! I got it to play some of my favorite MIDI's, Onestop.mid, And Another. Here are the Original MIDI's and the recordings.(note: the first 2 are .MIDI's and the Last 2 are .wav files) Anyone got any midis that i can play?

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BBC Magazine readers give 40 ways we still use floppies

This fun article from the BBC website showcases readers' responses to Sony ceasing production of floppy disks.  There are 40 picked responses, many of which just talk about legacy hardware that still uses them for data storage, but some of them are easily 'ible-worthy.  Highlights: 1. I regularly buy floppy disks. I own a pub with a retro theme and I use them as beer mats. 4. Not as much a user as an owner of a great many floppies, I was planning to tile the roof of my shed with them (using the two existing corner holes to take the nails) until my wife forbade it. 13. I put handles on them and sell them as spatulas. I sell thousands of them a year. 18. I've always used an old floppy disk as an ice scraper for the car, just the right combination of rigidity and flexibility. Just don't use the side with the metal sleeve on. They last about a year before they need replacing from my endless pile from the 1990s. 28. Floppy disks are ideal "floppy table" stabilisers, whether in the dining room or on the patio. They are also good for wedges filling in gaps where wood has to be cut. I have also embossed them in a cement pathway in a splendid "talked about feature" as they are of no use whatsoever for storage. Enjoy!

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Super Mario 64 - Slide on 16 Floppy Drives

My latest video, thought I would show it off Super Mario 64 - Slide on 16 Floppy Drives how this was done can be found in my instructable in the following link, dont forget to vote for it in the competions if you think its worthy enough ;-) vote button is at the top right on the instructable page https://www.instructables.com/id/Musical-Floppy-Drives/ and subscribe to the youtube channel I am updating it all the time https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3eZe9nGX9nSS_N-WRJ67tw also on facebook and twitter https://www.facebook.com/DriveGeek https://twitter.com/N1cod3mus

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Music on 16 Floppy Drives 10-09-2014

how this was done can be found in my instructable in the following link, dont forget to vote for it in the competions if you think its worthy enough ;-) vote button is at the top right on the instructable page https://www.instructables.com/id/Musical-Floppy-Drives/ and subscribe to the youtube channel I am updating it all the time https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3eZe9nGX9nSS_N-WRJ67tw also on facebook and twitter https://www.facebook.com/DriveGeek https://twitter.com/N1cod3mus

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How can i fix my floppy drive?

I have a toshiba sattelite pro old laptop with windows 98 with a floppy drive attachment. It recently stopped working. Now when I put a floppy 3.5" floppy disc in you can only hear the sound of the disc spinnigand it's not reading at all. Then after a while it'll say. " the disk is not formatted would you like to format it now?" whats wrong with my drive and is it possible to fix?

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Ghost busters theme played on automated floppy disc drives

Found this epic video on Youtube. Someone modified old floppy drives to play music, and it sounds really good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lx_vWkv50uk&feature;=g-logo-xit How would one do this?

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Is it possible to use old cassette tape's and/or floppy disk's "film" to make circuit boards?

Is the magnetic film inside these old media conductive enough to replace the copper, and if so, would it be feasible to glue strips of tape/disk onto some plastic or cardboard and then attach (?melting/soldering?) electronic components to it?

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Floppy Disk Bag, Mushroom Night Light, Giant Gummi

Floppy Disk Bag Mushroom Night Light Giant Gummi Ikea Bowl Speakers Ping Pong Ball Lights Homemade Didgeridoo 5-Minute Ice Cream Cargo Scarf String Lantern Burger Recipes How to Freeze Blueberries Domo-Kun Backpack Campfire Toasting Fork Great Mozzarella Cheese Simple Wall Illusion

Topic by randofo  


how to make a starship enterprise out of an old floppy disk

Found on the internet (nothing to do with me)You never know, this could well appear as an instructable one day...Lhttp://www.asciipr0n.com/archive/0013/bonnie/craft/

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What to do with 2 CD ROM drives, and 2 floppy drives? Oh yeah, and a zip drive with no disks!

I have 2 CD ROM drives, and 2 floppy drives. They are kind of old, but should work fine. I noticed the idea of Floppy Disk Racing, and was wondering if any one else had ideas for what to do with them?I also was curious if the diode of the CD player would work as a burning tool, like the on here: Laser Flashlight Hack!!Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!Oh yeah, and I have a zip drive with no disks!

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Turn Table Greeting Cards

Turntable Greeting Card  Handmade greeting cards are way cooler and more personal than paying $4 for a Hallmark greeting card. Create a sleek looking greeting card to send to a music lover using old floppy discs.  

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How to copy info from 5 1/4 in disk to cd disk. ?

Do not have drive to read 5 1/4 in disk, want to transfer software info to disk I can read CD OR 3 1/4. FLOPPY

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Linux on 1994 laptop?

 I recently acquired a (free!) IBM thinkpad from 1994. I do not have a charger but got it to run by hooking a power supple to where the battery hooks up. The hard drive (a nice roomy 520 megs) does not work, but it does have a working floppy drive. Here is the Question: Is their any type of linux that can can boot from a floppy disk and run on a system like this: 50 mhz processor 20 MB of RAM, previously 4 MB. I found an unused 16 MB card under the floppy drive (?!) If there isn't one you know of, is their any version of MS-DOS that I can boot from a floppy and download for free? Thanks! Update: I found a 2.1 GB HD ($20) online, which could help. I won't order it yet, though.

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Challenge: Find an alternative use for all those IDE and floppy cables just laying around leftover from the dawn of PCs?

As everyone knows, since SATA came out, IDE and SCSI (termed as scuzzy) quickly became out-dated, now all these cables are just laying everywhere.  As and example, back at my dad's office, there are hundreds of floppy, ide, and scsi cables just everywhere, and i think it's hundreds of each. I'ma get a box and start compiling dem all. a picture of standard IDE cables, incase some of you don't know. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/co... Above picture has a 2x20 pin array scsi internal cable usually has a 2x25, atleast the one i have and floppy if modified correctly has a straight through 2x17 array Now the challenge is, to find a great way to reuse these cables, it doesn't have to be an electronic related thing, if you don't want it to be. Now i've always thought, maybe a great cable management solution, something like two cards with some hdmi an rca inputs that connect together with this cable to clean up a home entertainment setup, that is one idea. or a wire harness thingy, to connect power, video/audio signals, etc. non-electric ideas would be like, maybe weave them together somehow to make a chair or something, maybe take off the connectors split each cable and weave them like a speaker grill, or just split them to use the individual wires for like, speaker leads, or just leads if you're a prototyper, like if you mess will arduino or raspberri pi There are lots more things you can do, but those are just some ideas... can you think of more?

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Happiness is . . .

  . . . creosoting four-by-twos with a big floppy brush.   (That's REAL creosote, not the namby-pamby wishy-washy preservative they sell nowadays.)

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is there any way i can transfer files on to my other pc?

Is there any way i can transfer files on to my other pc with out using the net or floppys or cds or swaping hard drives

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Can I use an old floppy disc motor to make a small wind turbine for my solor lights? or an old hard drive motor ?

I want to put some propellers on a PC fan motor or an old floppy drive motor and make free electricity, enough to charge my garden solar lights. I have tried connecting leds to an old printer motor and spinning it, the back emf lights the led for a second. spinning the other way lights the other led in reverse polarity to the first.... My problem is that the motor would continue to spin in the same direction in the wind...only generating electricity for a split second........ Pleeeaaaase help me!

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Is it possible to power an USB Hub from the computer's PSU? Answered

Is it possible to power an USB Hub from one of the unused lines of the computer's PSU? For instance, can I use the floppy drive's 5V to power the hub directly? Edit: I have tried to hook the hub directly to a 5V line from the psu (floppy connector), the computer won't boot and the dvd and hd lights keep flashing. I got a male molex connector from a broken floppy drive and found a plug that fits on the hub's power input. I checked for short circuits and correct polarization. When I plug the hub (just the hub, nothing else on it), the computer won't boot. When I unplug the hub, it boots as usual.

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What can I do with ancient laptop?

I found a working Dell Latitude LM in the trash, any ideas on what I can use it for, comes complete with floppy drive attachment. Thanks.

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PC Nostalgia

Who remembers Cyrix CPUs?PCs that had a "Turbo" button?The "awesome" (at the time) quad speed optical drives?Voodoo graphics cards?SCSI?56K modems being "leading-edge" technology?16M colours being something more than slightly impressive?4Mb RAM being above average?A 486 DX2 being the best you could get?A 100 Mb hard drive was bigWindows came on a set of floppy disks (95 being about 40 of 'em or something stupid)?Loading Windows off floppies?Nestscape Gold Navigator 3.0?Alta Vista?It's not even 20 years ago...L

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