I used one a few years back, I had to backup some really old files on our like, '95 computer "wonder that the fucking thing was still running". And pretty much the only way to get anything out of it was through floppies... I used 3 and had to do several return trips.
Yes, I have used floppy disks before. Not in many years, but they have been used.
To think that I used to be worried about getting a PC that didn't have a floppy disk drive.
At this point I'd say that USB sticks and external hard drives have largely replaced DVD drives on PC's as well. It's still a good idea to at least have an external DVD reader and burner laying around, but having one built in on all computers isn't really necessary these days. Everyone in my house rarely uses DVD drives.
When I was in middle school, we were required to have them for bringing data around for school reports and junk.
After I no longer needed it, I took it apart to see why it was called a floppy disk, despite feeling quite unfloppy. The innards were quite floppy indeed.
When I was 4 I had a computer with an orange monochrome monitor that I had a huge stack of games on 5.25" floppies. I was devastated when my dad got rid of that computer.
I have a full install set of 3.5" floppies for Windows 95.
I actually used floppies a lot also for my music lessons like 8 years ago. At the time all the higher end electric pianos read song back tracks off of floppies. A few years later they switched to USB. My current Roland synth has USB.
Considering that around 2004-2007 USB sticks really got cheap while floppy disks really fell off (at least in North America), you would probably have to be like 12 or younger to have not encountered a floppy disk whatsoever.
But yeah, I'm in my mid twenties, and the only software I ever got on a floppy was small programs that were barely games that generally came for free with a toy or something. Really just used floppies to transfer homework to and from school computers.
I used to love buying PC games in the early 90s that were on floppy disc. It's funny how now we look at multiple discs with some sense of abhorrent annoyance, but back then, multiple discs was almost a measure of quality.
"Dude, Doom II is on four floppies..."
My first computer game was probably Winter Games by Epyx on the Commodore 64. (5 1/4" floppy of course) The first PC game I paid money for was Betrayal at Krondor for our 386 running Win 3.1 over DOS - if I remember correctly, it came on 8 or so 3.5" floppies.
@everyones_a_critic: Wow...now I feel older. DVD drive on a computer? I was older than you are now when that happened....for reference, I worked IT in college. The IT Department got in a 1X CD-R drive my sophomore year - it was new tech and the only burner on campus.
My first computer was a Leading Edge 33Mhz 486 DX. It had a 120MB hard drive, 3.5" and 5.25" floppy. No sound card, no CD drive. and 4 MB of ram. I paid $1,200 I think. Within 6 months I spent another grand adding a Soundblaster 16 Kit(soundcard, CD drive and speakers); new video card, larger hard drive, some CACHE ram on the motherboard, and a 486 DX2 66MHz processor. I still had the processor until a few months ago, when I decided to stop hoarding this crap. I still have the receipt. $286 dollars for a DX2. LOL
the good ole days... floppy drives.