Comment Q72H Flop-in replacement HW

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Why the floppy disk is still used today

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Flop-in replacement HW (Score: 1)

by lmariachi@pipedot.org on 2015-10-12 08:42 (#Q72H)

I’m a little surprised no one has come up with drop-in replacements that look to their hosts exactly like floppy drives but use a more modern storage medium. It’s unprofitable to ramp up mass production of old floppy disks, but I could see a cottage industry being able to form in replacement hardware. I mean, the 3.5” drives in the old CNC machines in the shop I used to work were probably the same drives you’d find in any PC, right? (I know things were less standardized before 3.5", but still a limited number of formats and mechanisms.)

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2015-10-12 08:42
I’m a little surprised no one has come up with drop-in replacements that looks to their hosts exactly like floppy drives but use a more modern storage medium. It’s unprofitable to ramp up mass production of old floppy disks, but I could see a cottage industry being able to form in replacement hardware. I mean, the 3.5” drives in the old CNC machines in the shop I used to work were probably the same drives you’d find in any PC, right? (I know things were less standardized before 3.5", but still a limited number of formats and mechanisms.)

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