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    Wizardry!

    I remember playing wizardry as a youngster and it had almost no color and the graphics were real sloppy. If kids today came across a game like that they would call it lame. Wizardry was a blast and a half until I teleported my party into a wall and had to start over. I wasn...
    wack1985 wack1985 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 6, 2009

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    8 - 5 1/4 - 3 1/2 And Smaller

    I remember the 8" floppy disks they were the first ones that I heard of. First ones I actually used were the 5 1/4" disks. I used those with my Commodore 64. Then, when I started going to actual computer classes, they used the 3 1/2" with the hard case. But, before ANY of that...
    Maagrath Maagrath 41-45, M 1 Response Jun 11, 2012

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    Wow, This Group Has Been Great!

    My memory isn't the greatest after having a couple strokes back in 2000. I don't think about my past much as it never crosses my mind. This group has been great because it made me remember things I had forgotten. I still have hundreds of 3.5" floppies, some 5.25" and a few 8...
    MarkRomeo MarkRomeo 61-65, M Sep 17, 2012

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    I Use Them To Flash My Bios

    good ol portable magnetic storage....able to hold a few word files and data needed to flash your BIOS when you screw up something! XD
    nudieguy nudieguy 22-25, M Mar 25, 2010

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    By The Way...

    The icon to this group is wrong. You youngsters may think those hard, 3.5-inchers are floppies, but you're wrong. Those are diskettes. Floppies are about five inches square, and they actually flop.
    mononoaware mononoaware 26-30, M 1 Response Sep 30, 2012

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    I Still Use Them

    Not only do I remember floppies, I still use them.  I have an old computer that I stick them into.  I just haven't gotten around to putting the things saved on them on CD's or DVD's. I really need to but I just don't think about it until I go to get something off of...
    Grits4life Grits4life 46-50, F 1 Response Mar 17, 2009

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    Way Back When

    I had an old Epson Equity built in 1987 and it used the 5.25" floppy disks that were indeed truly floppy, unlike the smaller 3.5" many people know.
    hadakarei hadakarei 31-35, F 3 Responses Mar 11, 2009

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    I Remember Those

    In my high school compuer class the computers had 51/4 floppys and some had cassette drives.  We also had a teletype printer and card readers.  Boy those were the days :)
    daydreamer109 daydreamer109 46-50, M Oct 16, 2010

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    I Wear a "D Long"

    They used to be my grandma's but I think I have a pair of my own now.
    Myonis108 Myonis108 56-60, F 5 Responses May 12, 2009

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    More Vividly Than Most!

    My brother still uses them. He's been given two memory sticks,but old habits die harder in some than in others...
    notdarcy notdarcy 41-45, M 1 Response Apr 15, 2009

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    When Floppy Was Really Floppy

      My first computer that I purchased had a 5 1/4" High Density Drive.  I've used at home or on the job 8". 5 1/4", and 3.5" Floppies.  I used the 720 Kb, 1.44 Mb, and the 2.88 Mb 3.5" floppies.      They used to have sticker tabs for the 5 1/4" to cover the hole on them...
    PrairieDog71 PrairieDog71 41-45, M 1 Response Jul 1, 2012

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    We've Come A Long Way Since Then.

    My first computer had a single sided, 10 hard sector, floppy disc with 90k bytes storage.  We would use a paper punch and punch another hole on the back side and use both sides.  So daring! I replaced that with two half height floppies, still 5+ inches, but with...
    Rachael74 Rachael74 56-60, F 2 Responses May 5, 2010

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    yep, i do!

    In fact, I still have my old floppy disks! I remember the old ones, the huge black ones, that were really floppy. Though, I only had programs on them, for a very old computer that belonged to my oldest brother. And then when I got my first computer at age 15 (does anyone...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Nov 11, 2009

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    More Than That!

    Hey, I have been around so long, not only do I remember floppy disks, not those hard plastic 3-1/2 inchers, but I remember the 5-1/4, and the 8"(?) before that.  But even moreso, I remember not having any hard drives and using a two floppy computer.  One ran the...
    Longrun Longrun 46-50, M 7 Responses Aug 20, 2010

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    I Do

        i remember floppy disks . my favorite game on floppies were oragon trail . but i am so glad we have flash sticks now . so much better .
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Aug 6, 2009

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    Floppy Disks

    Although I didn't get the internet until age 15, I had used windows 95 on a home PC.  Then soon windows 98. I've used floppy disks.  I still have some in my house.  Heck, I still got some old computers!
    MeisterWolf MeisterWolf 18-21, M 4 Responses Nov 10, 2009

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    I Remember When They Were Floppy

    I don't mean the small hard plastic 1.4MB discs, my first computer used the 5.5inch discs that were about as flexible as an envelope. the computer had a green screen and only had dos and no hard drive. I'm not kidding you had to boot from the disc every time you turned it on.
    truthaddict truthaddict 46-50, M 2 Responses Jun 29, 2011

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    I Do

    At least, well enough to know that the group logo is not a picture of either the 8-inch or 5 1/4-inch floppy disks, but of the 3 1/2 inch hard case diskettes that replaced them. And yes, we still called the diskettes "floppies" too, but they weren't.  They had a...
    EBunbury EBunbury 46-50, M May 13, 2009

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    I Kid You Not...

    In my first job I worked for a company that served a type of industry that tended to be "less computer literate" than average, and their support department actually got a telephone call about a software update or something (they were done by mailing 5 1/4 floppies) and the lady...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 2 Responses May 12, 2009

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    An Absolute Marvel Of Science

    In 1990 i was sitting at a desk in the Unicom Radio Tower at a small Fixed based Operator, or airport that i had been working at for a while. I was sitting at a 386 based PC watching a pilot that worked for us named George, make me a full layout of the long term parking area...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Nov 15, 2010

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    When I was 9 I guarded my floppy disk with my

    life, it contained my warrior princess novel and I felt like so pro every time I slotted it into the computer to work on it
    Tinuviel46 Tinuviel46 18-21, F 6 Responses Mar 20

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    Many Years Ago

    when I was learning my trade (electronics) I worked a short time for a computer company we had these new things they were called floppy disks in the main they like cassette tape proved to be a form of Write Only Memory :lol:The mechanisms were by today's standards huge and we...
    waddlergirl waddlergirl 51-55, T Nov 2, 2012

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    I Still Use Them.

    Floppy disks are still good for transferring things from computer to computer in my own house. And because of their size I've lost less floppies than USBs.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Oct 8, 2009

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    Hell - I Remember the Really Old Floppy

    Remember the really really floppy disk? Black? Bigger??  Yeah - I used those too.
    MizzBlue72 MizzBlue72 36-40, F 2 Responses Mar 20, 2009

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    Hazy.

    I was born when floppy disks were on the way out, and CD's were on the way in. By the time I was 8, floppy disks were long gone and biting dust. So my memory of them is pretty hazy. But I do remember them. I definately do.
    CreedenceGold CreedenceGold 18-21, M Feb 13, 2012

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    I remember both 3 1/2 inch

    and 5 1/4 inch floppy disks.
    OzarksTrucker OzarksTrucker 36-40, M 3 Responses Sep 1

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    I Remember The Big "floppy" Discs

    The first computers I worked with at work had only the big "Floppy" disk drives but buy the time I bought my first computer it had 2 drives one for the big 5 and a 1/4 and the smaller 3 and 1/2 hard skinned floppy. I still used zip drives up until a few years ago.  I guess I'm...
    titanis titanis 51-55, M 2 Responses Aug 26, 2012

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    I'm a Dinosaur

    When I found this group I felt really old because most of the stories refer to 3½-inch disks while I remember before that when my first computer had the primitive 5¼-inch disks which were actually "floppy" and flexible. Technology changes so...
    zillaron zillaron 51-55, M 10 Responses Jun 19, 2009

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    So Long Ago

    i remember when floppy disks were extremely popular and they were used for everything. They later were extremely outdated and useless.
    TwitchyTwitch TwitchyTwitch 22-25, M 3 Responses Jul 16, 2012

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    I Didn't Realise I "remember" Them

    I needed to print something from floopy but I don't have a printer so I went to the city to look for a place when it can be printed. But I was surprised of how people were surprised to see a floppy in my hand. One young woman said I should buy a pendrive. I don't want a pendrive...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Nov 23, 2009

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    In College

    I was still using them in college in 2007.  My professor thought I was so outdated for not using flash drives so that's when I made the switch.
    Sncats Sncats 26-30, F 2 Responses Aug 14, 2009

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    I "Remember Floppy Disks"...

    "remember"?!?!?!   OMG I feel old!   It feels like yesterday that i used those every day... OMG :o
    naranja naranja 22-25, F 5 Responses May 12, 2009

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    I Decided My Comment To The Last Poster Should Be Her Own Story....

    I ran a BBS off a computer with only 3 floppy disks and a RAM disk at night on my parents phone line and was the most successful BBS I ever ran (granted this -was- in the suburbs of washington, DC).... Oh what a day, when communities connected locally through BBSes.... Now you...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 1 Response Aug 21, 2010

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    Commodore Amiga Anyone?

    THIS USED TO BE HOW WE PLAYED VIDEO GAMES!
    Jiemusu Jiemusu 22-25, M 5 Responses Sep 8, 2010

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    "Are you _SURE_ (Y/N)?"

    If you remember floppies, you undoubtedly remember -DOS- and how whenever you delete all of something you get asked "Are you sure?". When I was a kid, I ran a computer bulletin board (people dialed in with their modems) on a very slow PC-compatible computer. To speed things...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 4 Responses May 12, 2009

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    Vintage

    Wow, floppy disks. Yeah, I remember using them when I first started high school. I remember how they were this awesome new technology and how they were supposed to hold so much data. Technology really amazes me with how quickly it changes. It seems like just as quick as they came...
    lacedup77 lacedup77 26-30, M 1 Response Jun 23, 2012

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    Old Computer Back Up Media

    When I started programing back in 1966 the back up media were 1/4" tpes, punched cards and punched tapes. I remember when ICL and IBM introduced removable disk storage which was 4 or 5 platers of disk on a spindle which could only be removed form the drives by being encased in a...
    tivvy tivvy 66-70, T 2 Responses Jan 6, 2012

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    I Doooo

    I remember these days when I gather with my brother and my friends to play games on 5.25" and 3.5" disks ,skyroads , Aladdin, prince and a lot more , I remember that I was too lazy to put the boot system into my hard disk , and one day I was playing with my brother he dropped the...
    soul2soul87 soul2soul87 22-25, M 5 Responses Sep 8, 2010

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    Too Young?

    I'm only 19 and I remember floppy disks (the actual floppy ones and the hard ones)! When I was a kid we had some but I'm not too sure what they were for. I think some of them might of had games of some sort on them. I remember putting them in the computer though so they must...
    Elilaa Elilaa 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 20, 2009

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    Boy, Do I...

    Those things were evil. They were always getting erased so easily! I had a camera in high school that used floppy disks. Can you believe it was over $200 at that time? Boy we've come a looong way! Especially since my pictures were always getting erased from those stinkin' things...
    cherryxblossom cherryxblossom 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 8, 2010

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    Dvd Lord Remembers Floppy Disks!

    Hello this is DVD LORD(SKUNK) here I remember Floppy Disks back when I was learning computer back in 1986 we used Floppy Disks back the Computers were as good and Apple Computers weren't as good we were using Apple 2Es or Apple 2C computers then we learned BASIC Beginners...
    DVDLORD DVDLORD 41-45, M Apr 29, 2011

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    I Didn't Know ...

    remembering floppy disks makes me ancient!!
    LordVoldemort LordVoldemort 36-40, F 15 Responses Apr 4, 2009

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    Floppy Disks Are Still Being Used

    I was young when Flopp Disks were still popular. I remember using a couple of them at school, but then junk dives started to come out. At the public library that I work at we still sell them and every now and then someone will buy one. We sell them cheap and the reason we have...
    Jinxx13 Jinxx13 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 12, 2012

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    I Still Use Them

    Now, I'm looking for large quantities of NEVER USED / unused 360k Disks I'd prefer the trusted Verbatim 'DATA LIFE' Brands that really really really really sucked were Nashuatec ; Verbatim Value[less] Life ; TDK ; can't remember the rest that sucked.. Comments ------- P.S...
    skibi skibi 46-50, M 2 Responses Aug 20, 2011

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    Flippy Floppy

      I used them for years and just until I bought a new computer 6 months ago, I didn’t know that the new computers no longer had the drives for them.  
    depressedmommy depressedmommy 22-25, F Mar 7, 2009

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    *when I Was A Lad...*

    My entry into computing came before 'Floppy disks' - folks used tape decks to store their information. When floppy disks came onto the market, they really were floppy, not the semi-rigid 'floppies' the present teenage society have no concept of.I also recall a time when a 1Meg...
    HiOnHeels HiOnHeels 26-30, T 2 Responses Mar 1, 2012

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    I Remember When "Floppy Disks" Where Actually Floppy

    It's been so long I do not remember the models of the computers that used them nor whether the first ones I used were the the eight inch or the five and a quarter inch but probably the smaller ones. I remember buying a program for genealogy and another for an astronomy program at...
    CFOM CFOM 70+, M 4 Responses Jul 4, 2013

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    They were floppy. And easily wrecked.

    Ask any who throw tantrums.
    Livyn4pals Livyn4pals 46-50, M Sep 8

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