Floppy Drives

| November 3, 2010

Hey, do you remember when Clinton was in the Oval Office, when scientists unraveled the human genome, when boy bands roamed the earth? Exciting times! Well if you remember these trivial nuggets of historical knowledge you may be in the generation that remembers the floppy disk. Not as a novelty coaster, or a conveniently shaped square that does a fantastic job of balancing that wobbly table, but as a primitive digital storage device.

That’s right, you guessed it: I was describing the 1.44MB 3.5” floppy disk. We may not have the disks themselves, an individual would have to find those themselves, possibly at an estate sale or an aging generation Xer’s rummage sale. However, we do have the disk drives available for check out to read those disks. We have three to choose from, all use the latest in USB technology, which offers the user maximum portability. Since our laptops and desktops run Windows XP, the drivers are already installed for virtually trouble-free plug and play operation.

If you guessed the iOmega 100, 120, or 250 zip drive, you would also be correct. The oddly fashionable slender zip drives are as unpopular and expensive today as when they first came out. But, just for you hard core fans who made the investment and now cannot let go, we have one zip drive reader and five 250MB zip disks available for check out. Like the 3.5” floppy drives, the zip drive uses USB technology to connect with your computer.

So, now that you know, don’t wait! Avoid the lines and check out yours, for six hours at a time, only at the Gottesman Library first floor circulation desk.