If you began using personal computers in the early or mid-1990s, you would recall MS DOS and the 3.5” floppy discs. Each such disc could store 1.44 MB of data. By comparison, you now have external hard drives that can store several terabytes of data.
For people who still have some data stored in the old 3.5” floppy discs, the $40 (£26.99) USB Floppy Disk Drive reader from Sandberg may be a godsend, as it allows you to transfer your files from those 3.5” relics to the security of your computer’s hard drive.
Apart from the really small number of people who might fall into the above category, this gadget will only serve to help you walk down memory lane, as you hear the sounds it makes while reading or writing data and show your kids the kind of files you used to work with. Of course, the new gadget comes with LED lights to visually indicate when it’s writing or reading.
I wonder if Microsoft Excel will let you open any of your old Lotus 1-2-3 or Quattro files, if those are the kinds of files you have saved on your 3.5” floppy discs. Or, for that matter, if MS Word will let you open your old Wordperfect files. If any of you have the old files and do buy the USB floppy disc drive to try it out, do let me know.
If you’re technically curious, this device has 80 cylinders and while reading, the disc rotates at 300 to 360 rpm. It connects to your modern computer through a USB port and a cable that is 0.5 m in length.