What to Do With an Old 5.5 Inch Floppy Disk Box

Introduction: What to Do With an Old 5.5 Inch Floppy Disk Box

About: Green, downsized, dropped out, lifehacking, office cubicle refugee

I was sorting through old computer equipment and happened across some 3.5 and 5.5 inch floppy disk drive boxes, full of disks. Nobody wanted the disks or the boxes.

Everything was left out for the bin men and I returned to my room. I then noticed a pile of CDs and an idea struck me as I never like to throw things out without trying to recycle or reuse.

A CD in a square paper or plastic envelope is about the same size as a 5.5 inch floppy disk. I dashed down to the bins and rescued my 5.5 inch floppy disk box and now I have a nice neat way of storing my CDs. I even squeezed a few jewel cases in too.

You can, of course, store anything you like in your old floppy disk boxes, seed packets, for example.

You can see other green things I do at http://www.ecopunk.org.uk



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    7 Discussions

    How about using the box as a plant starter (if the top isn't solid, but clear-ish)-it needed be completely transparent but would keep the moisture high as a plant starter...a sort of mini greenhouse as it were?

     I have a random orbital sander that uses 5" sanding disks. My old floppy box is great for storing extra sanding disks.

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    I have been using the 5.5 floppy box in this way since the '90s . After long time usage I judge it very practical

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    You can go a step further and use the old 5 1/4 inch floppies as CD holders.  Just peal back the top flap and remove the magnetic media inside.  Then just slide in the CD. 

    Although, it somehow seems wrong to destroy old media like that. 

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    That's a good idea. If only I had a few disks left, that would have saved me a few pounds before buying a load of sleeves.