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A: Drive?
« on: March 27, 2009, 11:21:35 am »
What is an A: Drive?


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Re: A: Drive?
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2009, 11:25:15 am »
Its the default drive for the floppy disk, same way C: is the default for the hard drive. A and B drives are generally set aside for the floppy disks. The big floppy disks aren't made anymore, so the smaller one is usually the A drive and we hardly see the B drive designation anymore.

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Re: A: Drive?
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2009, 12:55:38 pm »
Kids these days... I bet you don't even know what a floppy disk looks like. :P

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Re: A: Drive?
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2009, 01:00:46 pm »
Is.. isn't that the "save"-icon?
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Re: A: Drive?
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2009, 01:10:24 pm »
Kids these days... I bet you don't even know what a floppy disk looks like. :P

Good times.

I remember i used to play games on our old 95' with floppy disks, though i barely understood what I was doing when I played RTS games.
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Re: A: Drive?
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2009, 01:30:00 pm »
I remember buying them en-masse and making forts out of floppy disks.
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Re: A: Drive?
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2009, 01:51:00 pm »
"Make a Pen Holder Out of Floppy Disks"

Best use for them now.

Kids these days... I bet you don't even know what a floppy disk looks like. :P

Here here!  :)

I remember the old 5 1/2 ones, and playing organ Oregon trail for my apple II.

Damn kids.... Get off my lawn!
« Last Edit: March 27, 2009, 09:10:08 pm by Fink »

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Re: A: Drive?
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2009, 02:01:39 pm »
Used to play a games back in school on an Apple II. And then when I came back after summer vacation one year all the old Apples were gone and we had new PCs.

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Re: A: Drive?
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2009, 03:10:53 pm »
I still have my windows 3.1 on floppies :)

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Re: A: Drive?
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2009, 03:17:13 pm »
"Make a Pen Holder Out of Floppy Disks"

Best use for them now.

Kids these days... I bet you don't even know what a floppy disk looks like. :P

Here here!  :)

I remember the old 5 1/2 ones, and playing organ trail for my apple II.

Damn kids.... Get off my lawn!

You mean Oregon, not Organ.

Anyhow, I used to call the smaller floppy disks hard disks becase they were stiff, but apparently they are still called 'floppy' disks.

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Re: A: Drive?
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2009, 03:24:39 pm »
I still use those things to reboot my OS when my system takes a nosedive.
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Re: A: Drive?
« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2009, 09:09:47 pm »
"Make a Pen Holder Out of Floppy Disks"

Best use for them now.

Kids these days... I bet you don't even know what a floppy disk looks like. :P

Here here!  :)

I remember the old 5 1/2 ones, and playing organ trail for my apple II.

Damn kids.... Get off my lawn!

You mean Oregon, not Organ.

Anyhow, I used to call the smaller floppy disks hard disks becase they were stiff, but apparently they are still called 'floppy' disks.

I knew that didn't look right. I even checked, and google failed  me  :D

Thank you, will fix it.

*Goes to get Oregon Trail on his iphone*
(Yes, I know the irony in that)
« Last Edit: March 27, 2009, 09:11:20 pm by Fink »

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Re: A: Drive?
« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2009, 09:13:21 pm »
Floppy disks are like that due to how they store memory onto floppy something-I-forget-the-names-ofs.

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Re: A: Drive?
« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2009, 09:45:36 pm »
It almost feels weird now not having floppy drives in my PC tower. I remember back in primary playing gasmes ont he school computer with the big actual "floppy" floppy disk and in high school lugging around floppy disks with all my homework on them. By the time I finished my tafe course I was getting around with a USB stick now my PC doesn't have a floppy drive any more.

Back in my day we didn't have your fancy internet we had to walk 6 miles through 5 feet of snow up hill both ways to deliver information.

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Re: A: Drive?
« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2009, 09:47:06 pm »
Back in my day, we had to use morse code and smoke fires to communicate.  ;)

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Re: A: Drive?
« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2009, 09:58:58 pm »
I still put a 3 1/2 floppy drive on every computer I build for myself. It's a reasonably convenient way to transfer data for me and especially comes in handy when I need to make a boot disk (the USB option is really hit and miss as far as I can tell). I've got no use for a 5 1/4 floppy though, that computer isn't even plugged in any more and is going to be heading to the trash soon.

Still... it is somewhat disheartening to see that someone didn't know what a floppy disk was. Oh the times they are a changing! And yeah, I've got a USB flash drive too, couldn't live without it. :P

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Re: A: Drive?
« Reply #16 on: March 27, 2009, 10:09:46 pm »
It's probably becoming much less and less of an issue those days but I remember my instructor telling me that people would still insist on having a floppy drive in their tower not because they used it but because they felt it had to be there they are just so used to having one.

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Re: A: Drive?
« Reply #17 on: March 28, 2009, 05:13:11 am »

Still... it is somewhat disheartening to see that someone didn't know what a floppy disk was. Oh the times they are a changing! And yeah, I've got a USB flash drive too, couldn't live without it. :P

I knew what a floppy disk was, I simply called the smaller ones hard disks simply because they were hard and not floppy. That was before I realized there was a hard drive in the computer. Now I just call them disks.

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Re: A: Drive?
« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2009, 05:52:33 am »
They actually are floppy if you break open the casing. And they're disc-shaped as well.

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Re: A: Drive?
« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2009, 12:51:31 pm »
I knew what a floppy disk was, I simply called the smaller ones hard disks simply because they were hard and not floppy. That was before I realized there was a hard drive in the computer. Now I just call them disks.

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Re: A: Drive?
« Reply #20 on: March 28, 2009, 01:21:09 pm »
My father used to use floppy disks. Until they mysteriously got erased frequently.

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Re: A: Drive?
« Reply #21 on: March 28, 2009, 04:25:15 pm »
Sorry, couldn't resist:

Sam is basically right, he's just cranky.

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Re: A: Drive?
« Reply #22 on: March 29, 2009, 08:32:23 am »
We still have to install some 3/5" floppy drives on some of our computers at work because the folks that write lab software are still not comfortable with CDs, DVDs, or (gasp) USB thumb drives.

I have an old 8" floppy drive from an IBM around here somewhere.

This reminds me of a service call about 9 years ago.

"User can't read the dictation off of her floppies."

I go to the site and the user is all ticked off. She puts the disks on top of her computer case and when she puts them in the drive they don't work. She has tried several computers and they all don't work.

Well, while I am not a rocket scientist, I do know enough about the functional bits of the floppy data storage system to know that the 30+ refridgerator magnets the user has stuck to the outside of her computer case just might be erasing the data off the floppies when she laid the disks on top of them.

I took the magnets off, told the user that she can't do that, and that she needed to buy ned floppy disks.

User was PISSED! How dare I tell her what to do.

Next day, same call came in.

I grabbed an IBM computer (she had a compaq) and took it out the site. She was so mad she had left with a note DEMANDING that I fix the issue and went home in a huff. Sure enough she had put all the magnets back on.

So I went to her manager and told her that I needed to replace the computer. I took away the Compaq EN 6400 and replaced it with an IBM 300GL.

Problem solved.

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IBM computer cases are made of plastic. :)

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Re: A: Drive?
« Reply #23 on: March 29, 2009, 11:26:13 am »
It sounds like hard (frustrating) work being a computer tech.