*chucks floppy drive* There!
"No optical drives, I never seem to use them!"
No floppy drives. No optical drives. If this pattern continues, you'll have to pitch the hard drive, too, pretty soon.
FWIW, I saw this the other day at
[H]ardNews 8th Edition Thursday May 01, 2003
(NOTE: I post the whole quote since [H]ard news links seem to move.)
Posted by Kyle 2:17 PM (CDT)
Our friends over at Kingston were kind enough to give us 10, 128MB Kingston Data Travelers to give out as prizes at our Winter [H]ardware Workshop. Of course, being the greedy bastard that I am, I kept one for myself to use on the test bench. If you find yourself needing to move around tidbits of data and do not have the luxury of always having a network handy, these little USB solid-state data storage devices are a real value.
Many of the new Intel brand mainboards (and a few other retail brands) have a bootable USB option. This should be commonplace on all mainboards before long. Anyway, I got to wondering what all was needed to boot from one of these Data Traveler devices or if it was even possible. So I copied a Windows 98 boot disk over onto the stick, set the board to boot from USB, and placed it in the USB port as shown.
Low and behold, my machine booted right up. I tried copying over bootable programs such as Ghost and some BIOS flashing programs and all worked without a hitch.
Now I am sure that many of you are already aware of this, but it was one of those things that snuck up on me and surprised me with its simplicity. Maybe we really are that much closer to chunkin' those floppy drives?
Also, it was announced in Feb in a CNet article
that Dell was going to stop offering the floppy drive as standard equipment in one of its Dimension lines.
I also saw somewhere recently that Intel may be pushing the FDD out of its standards, but for the life of me, I can't locate the source
, so maybe I was just dreaming. If anyone else saw this and can locate the link, could you please post it? THX.