Floppy disk external drive for macbook pro?

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  1. Politis, Jan 3, 2011
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    Politis macrumors regular

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    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
     
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    I know there are a few places in London that sell the USB floppy drives.
     
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    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

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    Thanks, will try everything!

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

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    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

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    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

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    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.
     
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    Do you think the 2011 MacBook Pro models will have an internal floppy drive?
     
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    Ummm... this is a joke, right?
     
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    Have u just crawled out from under a rock.....
     
  12. ZilogZ80 macrumors 6502a

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    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

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

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    floppy paradise

    Ahh, floppies, those were the days....
     
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    .................
     
  16. wct097 macrumors 6502

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    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

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

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    These were the days...
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    No idea what the big one is:confused:


    ...and for that special floppy lover who just cant seem to let go...
    [​IMG]


    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
     
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    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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