USB Floppy Drive and VPC 7

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ZildjianKX, Oct 8, 2004.

  1. ZildjianKX macrumors 68000


    May 18, 2003
    I am planning on going to law school next year, and I just looked up the recommended computer requirements and of course it's a POS Dell. Part of their academic software is a PC program that you can take a test on, and it writes the results on a floppy disk.

    My question is this... does Virtual PC 7 fully support USB floppy drives? I was thinking I can just buy a powerbook like I was planning, and buy an external USB drive and use the software that way. I couldn't find any official mention of USB Floppy drive support, or on the supported peripheral page.

    Also, if it does work, can anyone recommend a good mac USB floppy drive?

  2. AmigoMac macrumors 68020


    Aug 5, 2003
    You want a reason for a PB and not a laptop...

    It doesn't matter at all if VPC supports floppies (I don't care if it does), there are some USB floppies for mac and they will work as a drive, you can share a folder from mac os x to vpc and transfer the files, yes, get the PB, you won't be copying floppies the whole day, but you will carry a nice PB most of the not bother with a 3 KG PC... you know you want... ;)
  3. ZildjianKX thread starter macrumors 68000


    May 18, 2003
    Well, a powerbook won't work anyways even if I use Virtual PC since they won't allow that I found out. The purpose of the software is locking you out of your computer except for a word processor so you don't cheat and look stuff up. If you use virtual PC, you can minimize it and defeat it's purpose. If VPC doesn't mount a USB floppy drive as a real floppy, that wouldn't do much good since the program looks to the A: drive for a floppy, so copying to a folder on the floppy wouldn't do much good.
  4. homerjward macrumors 68030


    May 11, 2004
    fig tree
    you could just buy a pb and build a cheap pc for 250ish dollars. oh yeah, plus windows ;) ;) :p
  5. 7on macrumors 601


    Nov 9, 2003
    Dress Rosa
    Get the PB and then get a $100 PC laptop. I found a few on eBay. Anyhoo, most PC laptops don't have floppies nowadays, so you'll be buying an older PC laptop anyway.

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