|I am not going to tell you to switch to flash drives. I will ask what you are using the flash drives for and the intended use of the floppy drive?|
Both of those types of media are not very reliable.
If you are storing the only copy of a file on either you are asking for trouble. For that matter, maintaining ONLY one copy of important files anywhere is risky. You should always maintain at least TWO copies of any files you wish to keep.
I recommend you switch over to optical disks for an archive copy. If your hard drive in the laptop is too small to keep the original then use an external hard drive or use an off site service.
Your laptop specs show a 250GB internal hard drive. Is that getting full?
Does the external floppy drive require an AC power connection?