The Need for Floppys?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by TheFocusElf, Nov 1, 2008.

  1. TheFocusElf

    TheFocusElf Obliviot

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    I posted a PC build before and thank the community for its help in determining what was termed a Bleeding Edge system. I am starting to amass the components, but came across a posting somewhere recently that suggested to install BIOS/Drivers I need to have a floppy drive PRE-OS install?! Is this true in all cases, some or most, or none I suppose.

    I don't want to have everything connected and good to go and get rejected by something so stupid as a 7.00 component, and at the same time, I don't want to or NEED to have a 1.44mb drive in my system unless it is necessitated by the build itself.

    Should I look for any specific info? Simply call the manufacturer of the mobo of choice, or... what?
     
  2. Merlin

    Merlin The Tech Wizard

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    It depends on your motherboard, most no longer need a floppy drive, but some still provide a floppy with drivers ( such as my EVGA 78i mobo , it had a floppy with drivers ) but there was also a disk as well
    You should be good to go

    Merlin
     
  3. Krazy K

    Krazy K Partition Master

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    RAID is the only thing that I can think of that you need pre-install drivers, however with Vista, you can load them on a USB drive and go that route. But I still keep a 3.5 around for when the Vikings win the Super Bowl.
     
  4. Rob Williams

    Rob Williams Editor-in-Chief Staff Member Moderator

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    I don't think I've touched a floppy drive for a specific reason in the past six or seven years... there's just no need for them anymore. Unless you are dealing with older hardware, I really don't think there is a need for it. Even some RAID drivers are now avaliable on a CD-Rom, which replaces the floppy.

    I think it's kind of foolish that the ONLY reason people hold onto floppies is for RAID. These companies need to start releasing CD-Roms with the drivers on it.
     
  5. Kougar

    Kougar Techgage Staff Staff Member

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    MSI introduced some kind of new, mouse-enabled BIOS on their newest motherboards... it can only be flashed via floppy from what I read. Flashing GPU BIOS's does require a floppy as well, unfortunately. If you use XP and use RAID then floppies are also needed. If CD-ROMs work for loading RAID drivers into XP during install then that's something I didn't know. :)

    It'd be great when floppies finally go the way of the serial mouse. Maybe the upcoming USB 3 standard will finally help with this, or one can hope anyway.
     

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