Posted by BeachThunder (13152 posts) 1 year, 11 months ago

Poll: Have you ever used a floppy disk? (708 votes)

Yes 98%
No 2%

Any kind of floppy disk will do. And by used, I mean used for its intended purpose :P

#51 Posted by mylifeforAiur (3475 posts) -

I didn't realise that I would be such an outrageous outlier: I have never used a floppy disc. I am twenty-one years of age.

#52 Posted by Viking_Funeral (2139 posts) -

@jasonr86 said:

It's really sad to me that this is a reasonable question.

#53 Posted by NTM (8365 posts) -

@jasonr86 said:

It's really sad to me that this is a reasonable question.

I agree entirely. I find it to be an awkward question, like, of course we have, but I haven't really thought about how young some may be.

#54 Posted by TooWalrus (13333 posts) -

I used to stash downloaded game walkthroughs on them for some reason. This must have been when I was 8 or 9... not sure why. I think I figured that one day I'd need them and wouldn't be able to find them again. I was a weird kid.

#55 Posted by crusader8463 (14744 posts) -

Yup. I just love the look of those suckers.

#56 Posted by JJOR64 (19550 posts) -

I have. Remeber I got a super cheap PC Gamepad that came with a floppy disk.

#57 Edited by Boom_goes_the_dynamite (838 posts) -

Hell yes I have used floppy disks for games, homework and other things in the past. I think I even used to play some child learning games on some 8-inch floppy disks when I was young.

Edit: So I found the game I remember the most, from the 8-inch disks, Donald's Alphabet Chase. Oh memories.

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#58 Posted by James_ex_machina (913 posts) -

@wrecks said:

Every size + Jaz + Zip disks.

Don't forget Syquest 44's, 88's, LS120 floppy disk, and optical disks

#59 Posted by dungbootle (2501 posts) -

No, but I've seen my mom use them when I was younger.

#60 Posted by Vextroid (1463 posts) -

Of course!

#61 Posted by delorean99947 (255 posts) -

I'm in the 3%. Was Doom on a floppy disk?

#62 Posted by pyromagnestir (4384 posts) -

I was born in the 80's.

#63 Edited by JZ (2343 posts) -

I'm 30

#64 Posted by Redbullet685 (6198 posts) -

I cannot say that I have. I maybe had as a kid, but I'm not sure. I do remember being in possession of floppy discs, but I can't say I ever used one. I'm only 17, don't judge me.

#65 Posted by wrecks (2415 posts) -
#66 Posted by ShaggE (7175 posts) -

Quite a bit. They were a pain, but I miss them. I still have a few laying around from those days.

#67 Posted by Zleunamme (769 posts) -

The last time I used a floppy disk was my freshman year in community college back in 2001. The next year I had to buy a Zip disk to save my graphic design work. When I transferred to a four year university in 2004, I switched to USB thumb drives and CDs to save my work. I remember using 5 1/4" floppies when I was in elementary school somewhere around 1988 to 1990. I don't remember the exact brands, only that it as an IBM and an Apple. Mentioning this make me feel old but I do appreciate that technology has changed for the better.

#68 Posted by BillyTheKid (535 posts) -

I used to all the time because my family never updates their technology *sigh*

#69 Edited by Danteveli (1300 posts) -

Yes still have my Windows 3.1 and some game on stacks of them.

#70 Posted by mikethekilla (329 posts) -

Yeah, in elementary school.

#71 Posted by Fearbeard (864 posts) -

Yup... all the way back to 5 1/4"

#72 Edited by HypnoToadBrwowrowrow (1511 posts) -

When I was a kid I'd play Oregon Trail in school and use a floppy to save my progress haha

#73 Posted by TheMasterDS (2424 posts) -

I don't remember using them but I'm sure I have.

#74 Edited by uniform (1836 posts) -

Born in the seventies, so 8" was before my time. 5 1/4" were common and got my first in school where they were given to students to store their work.

#75 Posted by mrfizzy (1651 posts) -

I'm 23 and I still remember moving files from computer for computer for school using a floppy.

#76 Posted by TruthTellah (9637 posts) -

Isn't this practically "Are you above this age?"

#77 Posted by Green_Incarnate (1788 posts) -


#78 Edited by GERALTITUDE (4343 posts) -

It hasn't been that long yet. So many people used them in school.

#79 Posted by McGhee (6128 posts) -

When I consider the age polls I've seen on the forums that skew toward most users being in their late teens to early twenties, I find the numbers here to be a little hard to believe.

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#81 Posted by ch3burashka (5537 posts) -

I don't believe I have - I've seen 'em, touched 'em, and I know we have backups on floppies at home, but I've only used CDs / DVDs.

Did games come out on floppies for 95/XP? Because that's why I didn't use them.

#82 Posted by SharkEthic (1084 posts) -

I was afraid to vote in case the result would be a 50/50 split or something like that, in which case I'd feel super old.

#83 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7788 posts) -

Of course! I used to use them all the time to play games. I remember the first PC my family got without a floppy drive, I was just like "Damn, how am I going to play Monster Bash now?" :P

#84 Edited by Hamst3r (4881 posts) -

I remember getting Designasaurus and a bunch of other games on 5.25" floppy disks.

A few years later I'd get DOOM and a few other games on 3.5" floppy disks.

Not too long after that I got a bargain bundle of CD-ROM games with classics such as Robocop 3D and Isle of the Dead.

I remember using 3.5" floppies for backups of important files. Zip and Jaz drives too.

#85 Edited by Blackout62 (1500 posts) -

Yes. I needed to turn in a thing in middle school. 1 paper, 1 floppy, never before and never again.

#86 Edited by KoolAid (1187 posts) -

Thank god 97% of you have... I was dangerously close to feeling old.

#87 Edited by Rick_Fingers (525 posts) -

I use only the floppiest of disks

#88 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7788 posts) -

@koolaid: Eh, you'd have to be pretty young to have never used a floppy disk. I'm 16 and I'm pretty sure most other 16 year olds have at least used them once. Or maybe I'm just weird, haha.

#89 Edited by Damodar (1658 posts) -

@koolaid: Eh, you'd have to be pretty young to have never used a floppy disk. I'm 16 and I'm pretty sure most other 16 year olds have at least used them once. Or maybe I'm just weird, haha.

I guess it depends on how young you started using computers and so on. My dad was way in to computers in the 80's and there were always tons of them around the house and as such, I was messing around on them from a really early age. One of my earliest computing memories is of loading a program from a cassette tape to play on an Amstrad and I'm 25. So thank you for being 16 and having used floppies, it makes me feel less like an old man.

#90 Edited by Capum15 (5114 posts) -

I have. I don't remember why, but I know I have.

#91 Edited by Gruebacca (667 posts) -

Weird. You'd figure there'd be some 90's kids here to talk about their floppy-free existence.

Yeah, we had floppy disks around our house. My Dad used them, but I never did. By the time I started using a computer myself, flash drives were commonplace.

I'm 20, btw.

#92 Posted by Fallen189 (5322 posts) -

EVERYONE is going to say yes, just for cred. Of course we did. Floppies arent that old

#93 Edited by Slay3r1583 (676 posts) -

I'm not old enough to remember 8 in. disks but I've regularly used both 3 and 1/2 and 5 and 1/4 floppies in the past.

#94 Posted by Whitestripes09 (508 posts) -

I was using floppies as late as 2005 for a photography class, we were using some pretty ancient cameras... Not mention that in kindergarten a lot of the really fun pc games were on floppies.

#95 Edited by PenguinDust (12796 posts) -

@jasonr86 said:

It's really sad to me that this is a reasonable question.

I don't think we're that far removed from when 3.5 discettes were a regular thing. It seems to me you'd have to been introduced to PC's during the last 10 or so years. Is that a long time? Now if the question was about 5 1/4 floppies, then I could understand.

I used 5 1/4's, 3.5's, Iomega Zip discs and even cassette tapes in my Apple 2 days.

I expect in a few years people will be asking the same question about CD's.

#96 Posted by dudeglove (9303 posts) -

switching floppoes always felt more risky than opening CD trays I felt.

#97 Posted by InsaneMatt (30 posts) -

As I'm in my mid-20's, floppy disks were the only way to transfer school work (excluding emailing them myself as an attachment).

#98 Posted by desoda (140 posts) -

At work, we daily use floppy disks to brand serialnumbers on Lenovo motherboards. There's a USB-key version of it, but I haven't gotten it to work.

I've installed OS/2 from floppies. Man, that's a lot of plastic.

#99 Posted by Jasta (2232 posts) -

For maybe a couple of years in primary school.

#100 Edited by TyCobb (2003 posts) -

Damn, I miss my A:\ and B:\ drives.