Are 3.5 inch floppy drives being phased out?

by on June 30, 2010

Q: Are A drives being phased out? From my own experience 3.5″ floppy drives ARE very reliable and you can put small amounts of information on them and take your business work home to work on later. Larger floppies are not as reliable and very cumbersome to work with. Some people do not need 750 MB, when 1.4 will do.

2. Recently, a lot of people mysteriously can not find their A drives on their computer. Is Microsoft behind this?

3 Responses to “Are 3.5 inch floppy drives being phased out?”

    3.5 inch floppy drives stopped appearing in computers back in the late 90’s and in the early 2000’s became an option that you had to request.

    It has nothing to do with Microsoft but has more to do with the fact that 3.5 inch floppy drives are, even though you have different experience, very unreliable and do not store much data. Everyone has moved to thumb drives, USB flash drives, external hard drives, Internet shares, and email to reliably transfer their files from one computer to another.


    I hope that millions of people do read my reply to this question. (1) Often government and big businesses lie to promote their products and to get you to buy new products. (2) I still use 3.5 floppies and they are very reliable and cost effective. About 40 cents each. (3) I, also, use a flash drive. In my opinion these methods for temporary storage are superior to the 5″ CD. (4) If I wanted to make copies of my family genealogy to give to relatives a 3.5 floppy is still the best way to go. It’s too expensive to use a CD or flash drive and to send them out to all of my relations!


      In response to your comments

      (1) The government has noting to do with this. If the government had their way we would probably still be doing everything with pencil and paper never mind on computers. As for computer companies they still offer the 3.5″ floppy drive on desktop computers for around $12.00. No one opts for it because unlike you everyone else has had major data reliability problems with them.

      (2) I am impressed that you still use them and have had no problems. I cannot tell you how many times I lost data using them though so I can promise I will never go back and the fact that millions of computers are sold without people opting for the option tells me that either they all over look that option or just don’t feel they need it.

      (3) You must be storing really small files for a 3.5″ floppy drive to be useful. Your average picture from an average digital camera, for example, is usually around 300 to 500MB, which would take up more than a 1/3rd of your 1.44MB floppy or more than 1/6th of your 2.88MB floppy drive.

      (4) I am not sure where you buy your CD’s but I usually get mine for less than $0.10 each (you can easily get 100 for $9.99 at any office store on a sale) so if you are buying a floppy for $0.40 then it is considerably less expensive to use a CD and the CD holds 500x more data.

      I would highly suggest that you don’t send floppy drives in the mail. It is highly unlikely that they would get to the your relative without being corrupted due to the heat and the bounding they take in the automated sorting machines.

      I would, however, highly suggest using email as a great way to send that data or a free online share website where you can share the file with a password and email the link to your relatives.