The Need for Floppys?

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

  1. TheFocusElf

    TheFocusElf Obliviot

    Mar 1, 2005
    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

    Apr 20, 2007
    Lakeland, Fl
    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

  3. Krazy K

    Krazy K Partition Master

    Apr 9, 2008
    Awesomeville, Mn
    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

    Jan 12, 2005
    Atlantic Canada
    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

    Mar 6, 2008
    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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