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Chapter 41. Replacing or Adding a Floppy... > Alternatives to a Standard 1.44MB Fl...

Alternatives to a Standard 1.44MB Floppy Disk Drive

If your floppy disk drive goes belly up, there are alternatives when selecting a replacement drive. You might want to consider one of several high capacity removable media drives (see Chapter 43, “Adding Removable Media”) that will also read and write standard 3 1/2-inch, 1.44MB floppy disks. Most of these drives plug into one of your two IDE ports—the same connectors to which you connect your hard disk drives. Although these high-capacity drives will read, write, and boot from standard 3 1/2-inch disks, they will set you back a few more bucks than a standard 3 1/2-inch drive. If you choose to use the high-capacity media they are designed for, expect to also pay a bit more than you will for formatted 3 1/2-inch high-density floppy disks.


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