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Part: XII Upgrading Your Storage Drives > Replacing or Adding a Floppy Disk Dri...

Chapter 41. Replacing or Adding a Floppy Disk Drive

In this chapter, the focus is on replacing rather than upgrading your floppy disk drive because floppy disk drives have not seen much in the way of advancements in about the last 8–10 years. Perhaps the last change in floppy disk drives occurred several years ago when most manufacturers standardized on the installation of a single 3 1/2-inch floppy disk drive, removing the 5 1/4-inch drive as a standard feature. Actually, there is no longer anything floppy about these diskettes but the name has stuck (they are also called diskette drives). It may not be long before the 3 1/2-inch floppy disk drive is relegated to being a museum piece because most software these days is shipped on CDs.

Whereas upgrading your floppy drive is not an issue, periodically these workhorses do go bad and you find yourself having to remove the old one and replace it with another 3 1/2-inch drive. Many of you may do this simply for nostalgia reasons because the average PC will continue to work without a functioning floppy disk drive and there isn't much use these days for floppy disks.


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