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Replacing Not Repairing

In the past few years, many books on upgrading PCs have included chapters on repairing floppy disk drives. But floppy disk drives have been reduced to inexpensive commodity status and can be readily purchased at most weekend computer fairs for as little as $10–$15, so it makes little sense to worry about repairing what has literally become a “throw-away” computer component. There's also no concern with compatibility issues because all 3 1/2-inch floppy drives are virtually the same, nor do you have to be concerned with whether you have the correct mounting hardware because all the mounting hardware is already in place inside your PC.

Even though floppy disk drives are not as essential to day-to-day computer operations as they once were, at roughly $10–$15 a pop, it makes good sense to keep a spare on hand as an emergency repair unit.



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