The Last Computer you had with a 3.5" Floppy

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Last computer with floppy (date purchased)

  1. 1998 or before

    35 vote(s)
    28.9%
  2. 1999-2001

    21 vote(s)
    17.4%
  3. 2002-2004

    37 vote(s)
    30.6%
  4. 2005-Present (wtf if you answer here)

    28 vote(s)
    23.1%
  1. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Ok, so most of you should be answering around 1998-99 on this one (when Apple decided to introduce computers sans floppydrives) but then again some of you, actually a lot, are switchers and had PC's with floppies. For me it was 1998 when I got my B/W G3/400.

    Naturally have not thrown out my MASSIVE collection of floppies. Just like my huge stack of failed CD-R's.
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    1999 with my old K6-2 400 MHz machine. I loved encoding MP3s for the first time on that old thing.
     
  3. OllyW Moderator

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    2003 on the last PC I bought. I built it myself and the floppy drive cost £9.50.

    I've still got the PC but it isn't connected up now I have Intel Macs with Parallels & Boot Camp for my occasional trips into Windows.
     
  4. BBC B 32k macrumors 6502

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    1994 second hand Acorn A3000. Cost £650 new, paid about £350. Now worth the occasional firing up for nostalgic reasons.

    Just gotta love the old 3.5 'floppy' disk.

    How about "When did you buy your last 5.25 inch floppy computer?"
     
  5. topgunn macrumors 65816

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  6. GimmeSlack12 thread starter macrumors 603

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    I think that poll would be lopsided quickly by the "Never" category.
     
  7. dopey220 macrumors 6502

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    I have an old Dell desktop made in 2002 that has one.
     
  8. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    I have two desktop HP computers that had them. One was purchased in September 2001, the other about 6 months later.
     
  9. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    floppy disks weren't that bad..A lot easier then burning a CD.

    Last computer was the HP PC purchased in 2002, still in use.
     
  10. FJ218700 macrumors 68000

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    1997, my PB 3400c which came with swappable floppy and CD-R drives. I still use the floppy drive to transfer files between it and my newer macs (usb floppy on the new ones)
     
  11. mgargan1 macrumors 65816

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    I think i got one in 2002 that came with a floppy... after that broke I got a mac, and never looked back...

    I think another question would be... "when was the last time you 'used' a floppy?"
     
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  13. GimmeSlack12 thread starter macrumors 603

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    A couple days ago as a coaster.
    Burning CD's isn't that difficult, and the capacity is a mega-advantage over floppies (MEGA!).
     
  14. thagomizer macrumors 6502

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    I sold my (heavily upgraded) Twentieth Anniversary Mac last year. I got 8 years' use out of it!

    I don't think I used its floppy drive in this decade, though.
     
  15. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    I tend to keep them around. It is called my 10 buck insurance plan. Just now when I build my next PC I think I will just move the floppy in the current one over to the new one.


    Last time I used a floppy was about 10 months ago to turn an project into a professor who wanted it on a floppy.

    In the 3.5 years I have owned my current PC tower I have used the floppy around 15-20 times. Well worth the 10 bucks I paid for the drive.
     
  16. gonyr macrumors 6502

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    The last computer I bought with a floppy was the beige G3 I used to have. Don't remember the year, but I bought it new when it was first released.

    The last time I used the floppy on that machine was when I upgraded from 9.2.2 to 10.2 - the floppy drive wasn't supported and didn't work anymore.

    The last time I used any floppy was at work about three years ago. I finally got fed up with them going bad, and bought a flash drive.

    The last time i saw someone use a floppy was about 2:15 pm today. Some of my coworkers still use them, mostly for files they don't look at very often, and haven't bothered to move to newer media.
     
  17. Pees330 macrumors 6502

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    My last PC that I will probably ever purchase which was an Alienware. It still works pretty good considering it's 5 years old to the date about 2 weeks ago. I remember they updated the cases to the way that they basically look now a month after I bought it.
     
  18. minik macrumors 65816

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    1996. Performa 6116CD, my first and last computer with a build-in floppy drive. Then, I got an iMac Rev.A in 1998.
     
  19. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    My Gateway (POS) that I aquired in 2003 had a floppy drive. But it died last year, so I don't care. I switched on 06, but still see PCs with floppy drives out there !Wtf!
     
  20. robanga macrumors 68000

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    Also a Gateway P4 2.2 Ghz purchased in February 2003. I never used the floppy at all. It recently received more Ram and a 256MB Video Card and is servicing on as my son's computer. He was happy as a clam, first PC in his room.
     
  21. CJRhoades macrumors 6502

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    2001 with my hp pavilion xt858. I also bought an external floppy disk drive for my tibook that year.
     
  22. Nermal Moderator

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    I'm not absolutely certain. I did a "major upgrade" on my old Celeron 400 in 2001 and brought it up to a Duron 850, and I would've still had a floppy drive then. My next system was an Athlon 2000 and I honestly don't remember whether it had a floppy drive or not. I only owned that system for a couple of months then picked up an iBook. That was five years ago.
     
  23. LizKat macrumors 68040

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    1984.. a compaq "luggable" (barely... weighed nearly 30 pounds)
     
  24. minik macrumors 65816

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    oh wait. I received a Mac Classic in 2007! Does that count?
     
  25. Tailpike1153 macrumors 6502a

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    I've got two. On the Mac Side, a Color Classic. On the non-Mac, it's my Dual Core A64 X2 4200+ machine.
     

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