I no longer use floppy diskettes.

July 2, 2011 at 13:28:32
Specs: Windows XP, Intel P4
Partition Magic 8.0 requires a "floppy" to make a bootable copy of PM. But floppy diskettes have been relegated to the Smithsonian. We use USB flash drives these days. Anyone know how to make it use a USB flash drive? I tried, and it says there is not enough room, yet it was 128 MB and empty! Or, what is an alternative to PM to do the same thing? Maybe PM has a newer version that can use USB flash drives?

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#1
July 2, 2011 at 13:39:12
http://download.cnet.com/Easeus-Par...

Use this instead. it's free and uses flash drives.


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#2
July 2, 2011 at 13:45:03
Why don't you simply boot to the PM cd?

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#3
July 2, 2011 at 14:43:38
"floppy diskettes have been relegated to the Smithsonian"

Maybe, but they're still available new (drives and disks):

http://www.amazon.com/Verbatim-135T...

http://www.amazon.com/Bytecc-BT-145...

and I don't know of a desktop that wouldn't support one. Still one of the best "emergency startup" devices known...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#4
July 3, 2011 at 08:31:26
I still use them. I have in my repair kit an external floppy drive for making house calls. It plugs into a usb port and is recognized with out any setup.

I find it easier to make a new floppy than then have my flash drive corrupted from an infected unknown system. Yes I could make the flash read only , but I am always adding and deleting on them.

I also come across computers that wont boot off a flash drive so a floppy is needed.

OMG I still have a 5.25 drive as well......LOL


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#5
July 3, 2011 at 08:44:08
Copy floppy to image and burn as track 1 on a cd to use the floppy software as a cd.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#6
July 3, 2011 at 08:50:52
I agree with World Library–I also have an external floppy drive-you never know when it might come in handy. That being said, as Jefro wrote, the PM cd should be bootable.

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#7
July 3, 2011 at 13:30:59
Ditto on the comment by worldlibrary and kx5m2g re.: floppies.
Automobile "regular" spare tires may have been relegated to the Smithsonian as well, but the "dough-nut" spare replacement technology has ..er..um.. drawbacks.

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#8
July 3, 2011 at 18:49:28
I still use floppy disks too. If a computer I'm working on does not have a conventional floppy drive but has USB ports, I use a USB floppy drive. There are zillions of free programs on the web that fit on a floppy disk that are still useful for diagnosing or fixing a problem with a computer, even if you don't use a conventional or USB floppy drive otherwise.

If the mboard has one or more SATA drive controllers, you can't load SATA controller drivers at the beginning of loading files from 2000's or XP's CD, when you boot from the original CD, from anything but a floppy disk in a conventional floppy drive, unless you use a USB floppy drive model that was one that was available when XP was first released.

jefro said....

"Why don't you simply boot to the PM cd?"

He's got it right !

tellmenolies75

Did you READ the PM 8 manual ?

If you boot the computer from the PM 8 CD, it emulates a floppy disk ( just like the Win 95 to ME full version CDs do), and loads the Dos version of PM 8.

I have the PM 8.0 CD and it does that just fine.

You don't need to boot from the prepared floppy 2 disk set unless you can't boot the computer from a CD.

By the way, if you have PM 8.0 and not one of the the upgraded versions, e.g. 8.1 , the 8.0 version has lots of bugs - be careful.

A USB mouse does not work in the Dos version of PM 8.x, but a PS/2 or Serial mouse does.

PM 8.x , which is the last version series of it, is NOT compatible with the slightly different NTFS (software partition) version used by Vista and Windows 7.
Partition Magic sees the partition type as ??? and sees the partition as completely filled, whether it is or not.

(You can fix that if you multi boot 2000 or XP on the same computer with Vista or Windows 7, boot using a 2000 or XP CD, load the Recovery Console, select the Windows 2000 or XP installation, and run CHKDSK /R on the drive letter of the NTFS partition that Vista or Windows 7 made.)


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