transfer data on floppy disk to new computer

February 26, 2011 at 09:46:41
Specs: Windows 7
I have a lot of our family photos on 31/2 floppy disks. I would like to somehow transfer them to my new computer that has no floppy drive. What kind of hardware do I need and will I need special software? I'm running Windows 7 - 64 bit

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#1
February 26, 2011 at 09:54:36
If you still have your old computer, put the pictures in your documents and than
put them on a CD
It does have a CD writer, right?
You probably can still buy a floppy drive to connect to your new computer.
This is one location.
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#2
February 26, 2011 at 10:34:00
You had better hope the floppies are still good. Your best bet is to use the same floppy drive they were made on to read them. Floppy disks are not intended for long term storage. The data tends to degrade over time.

If you can't install a burner in the old computer for some reason, external burners are available. There are some minimum hardware requirements. For external you of course would need USB ports. I am not sure if older USB standards would be good enough.

As asked, do you have the old computer? Does your current computer have the capability to install a floppy drive? Consult the manual.

If you do have the old computer and you can install a floppy drive in the new computer then remove the drive from the old and install in the new.


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#3
February 26, 2011 at 11:22:51
Floppy disks are not intended for long term storage. The data tends to degrade over time.

I tend to disagree with that. I still have floppies from 15 yrs ago with midifiles on them and they still work fine.
I bought a USB floppy drive for my windows 7 and all works great

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#4
February 26, 2011 at 11:34:10
XpUser4Real

While you had good luck with that, the storage of the disks may have had an impact on things.

More importantly is the FACT, that the heads on a floppy drive can get out alignment easily. I have on more than one occasion in the past, made a floppy disk and immediately attempted to use it in a different Windows computer without success. Moving the floppy back to the original computer allowed that computer to read the disk.

That is why I stated for best results use the same drive the disks were originally created on. Of course, if that drive is no longer available then you do what you gotta do.

I have disks even older than 15 years that still work. I is still a crap shoot. Floppy disks are the least reliable media you can use for long term storage.


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#5
February 26, 2011 at 11:40:48
I also transfered all my files to a CD as backup just in case...it was real time consuming but worth it.

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#6
February 26, 2011 at 15:16:48
To transfer you can buy a pretty cheap usb floppy drive if you want to do it at your home.It should just plug in and work.

If not then consider someone that has a floppy drive. I'd tend to trust the new one before some other persons drive. Their drive is full of dust and they may damage your disks.

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