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Floppy Disk Converter? Answered

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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DELETED_GuardianFox

9 years ago

You can buy a USB floppy drive that will connect to your new laptop. Roughly $30-$50, and I'd even return it the following day if I'd done it. The other alternative is networking both computers with a router (if you don't have one, a cheap one might cost less than the floppy drive) and using that to update your desktop and even transfer the files.

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nehmahDELETED_GuardianFox

Answer 9 years ago

No matter what is stored or on which form it is stored, it's of use/importance to the writer. So, I hope you find an answer. I have some floppies with photos of family and friends, some of whom have died. I never thought about the no-drive problem, until last week. Please let us know how you solve this situation and best of luck, Cordially, Nehmah

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DELETED_GuardianFoxnehmah

Answer 9 years ago

The question-asker was an anonymous guest. They don't always return or mark a best-answer. In your case, I highly suggest that you transfer all your floppy-disk data onto another media ASAP. Floppies don't often have a predictable shelf-life. I've had some that lasted years of constant abuse, and others that were unreadable after sitting on the shelf for a week. There are lots of choices on how to do it, you need to find a computer that has a floppy drive and at least one of the following: a CD burner, USB ports (and drivers for flash memory), or network capability. It'll be a fairly simple process that varies depending on which equipment and media you wish to use. The options I mentioned aren't even a complete list as there are more advanced methods available. If you have a newer computer without a floppy drive, I highly recommend buying a USB floppy drive. There's no screwdriver required, just plug it in.

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munchman

9 years ago

If the laptop has a CD-RW drive, it should also be able to burn plain recordable CDs, that way you could transfer the driver software (Just google Windows 98SE USB Mass Storage Driver). If both have a network card - looks like a kind of fat telephone cable (pic) - you can buy a $2 crossover cable that will network them together and you can transfer files. Or you can purchase an external floppy drive, as GuardianFox said.

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lemonie

9 years ago

What have you got that is only stored on floppies?
I'd just find another machine that has a floppy drive and USB that works - can you do that?

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