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3.5-inch floppy turned into a USB flash drive

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on November 15th, 2010

Remember when 3.5-inch floppy disks were cutting edge? They were tougher than their 5.25-inch predecessors and could hold more data. That was a long time ago. There isn’t much use for them nowadays. Or is there?

This 3.5-inch floppy disk looks normal on the outside, but inside, it holds a USB connector and flash memory. This hack requires a couple of disks that have been cut apart and stacked together, so that the connector can be placed inside.

Floppy CD-R optical disc

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on January 14th, 2009

Floppy CD-R discSo you’re an old school kind of guy or gal. You miss those retro floppy discs and refuse to use Cd-Rs for anything but a coaster. Well, this Floppy CD-R disc will make it all right. They look like a standard 3.5″ floppy, but the underside has the shiny spankable bottom of a CD-R.

Since it’s square, it won’t be able to hold the standard CD-R amount, but that’s okay. 200MB is still 138 times more than the original floppy. The $10 price tag is a bit steep, but at least you can mesmerize your friends with your inability to let go of the past. A 4-pack will cost you $28, so you can save some money buying more than one.

Floppy disk drive with built in memory card reader

Posted in Computer Components by Conner Flynn on February 19th, 2008

Floppy disk drive with built in memory card reader
Here’s a strange combination you don’t see everyday. It mixes a 7-in-1 card reader with a floppy drive. This allows you to transfer files from your old floppies over to memory card. Limited to the speed of the floppy. The problem is not many people use the floppy anymore.

Even if you have some floppy disks laying around, chances are they no longer work. This one is probably not a great idea, even though we do love gadgets where they’ve combined new with old. Though some pack rats are sure to have boxes of disks and refuse to stop using them, those people are surfing the net using a 286 machine and will never find this article.