Floppy disk external drive for macbook pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Politis, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. Politis, Jan 3, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2011

    Politis macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2010
    I have some information stored on floppy disks which I made when I had a Mac duo back in 1997. I need to transfer the information in them onto my macbook pro. Where can I find an external drive that links up to my macbook pro? I live in London. Thanks
  2. Squadleader macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2010
    Avalon Hill
  3. ZebOfMac macrumors regular


    Feb 13, 2010
    I know there are a few places in London that sell the USB floppy drives.
  4. NickZac macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    15 bucks is pretty hard to beat, but if you didn't want to buy anything or are on a budget, there have been a few things I have done in the past 5 years to get misc info off of floppies:

    1) find a friend or dig through your basement and find an old computer that has one built in
    2) go to a work-place store like Fed Ex Kinkos and use it (it will costs like a dollar and
    3) my university, which allows alumni free access, has computers with floppies (well did, I don't know about now)

    Some people have also said (amusingly) that finding an entire computer that has one built in costs less than buying an actual drive.

    Just a few ideas...
  5. Politis thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2010
    Thanks, will try everything!

    Thank, will try all this since I cannot afford to lose that information.
  6. elhungarian macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2009
    a review from one day ago for that drive states

    "The drive was not Mac compatible and had no branding or part number on it"

    hm but then the drive has a comment 17hrs ago that says it worked... interesting
  7. wct097 macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2010
    Are you sure that the disks are still any good? 14 years is a long time to expect data you can't afford to lose to last on a floppy disk. I'm not even sure you could trust a CD that long. I think I remember reading that floppies have a life expectancy of only 3 years, but that's been a while ago.
  8. Politis thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2010
    floppies work, macbook pro frustrating

    I tried some on a pc desktop last year and they seemed fine. In any case I have the info stored on my antediluvian macs (mac powerPC 5200 and a small macbook duo) so the info can be copied from there onto new floppies and from there to my new macbook pro 15 matt screen. If I don't send it back for all its frustrating features.
  9. croooow macrumors 65816


    Jul 16, 2004
    Do you think the 2011 MacBook Pro models will have an internal floppy drive?
  10. dXTC macrumors 68020


    Oct 30, 2006
    Up, up in my studio, studio
    Ummm... this is a joke, right?
  11. Jakedono macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2010
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    Have u just crawled out from under a rock.....
  12. ZilogZ80 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 5, 2010
    It entirely depends on how the floppies are stored. All of my 90's Amiga floppies still work fine, likewise my Amstrad CPC 3-inchers (which are still fine from 1986!!)
  13. croooow macrumors 65816


    Jul 16, 2004
    :rolleyes:Did I really need to add an emoticon to that post?;)
  14. Politis thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2010
    floppy paradise

    Ahh, floppies, those were the days....
  15. nateo200 macrumors 68030


    Feb 4, 2009
    Northern District NY
  16. wct097 macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2010
    I suppose. I had some floppies in the 80's that didn't last 2 years in the box in my bedroom.
  17. Herb Dorklift macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2010
    My 2011 8gb 22" MBP has a built in floppy disk drive.
  18. NickZac macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    These were the days...
    No idea what the big one is:confused:

    ...and for that special floppy lover who just cant seem to let go...

    Were you able to get the info off? I have some 15 year old floppies I'm considering going through (And Jazz and Zip drives) but I have no idea if they still work
  19. Euroamerican macrumors member


    May 27, 2010
    La Cie used to make a good silver one that attaches with USB. I have purchased two of them and they worked GREAAAAATTTTT..

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