Originally posted by B34ST1Y
the only thing keeping them alive in my perspective...is flashing BIOS and other...booting...purposes ....but if the manufacturers made it more standard to...oh say make...jumpdrives able to do all that as well...so anotherwords have it listening on the usb port in teh same manner as would the floppy drive....then we can bury the floppy disk and move on to things that are at least capable of walking next to a magnet and not losing your english term paper lol <---theres my two bits
There was an attempt to do this. About 5 years ago, there was a drive called a SuperDisk drive. It used a disk that looked a lot like a floppy, but held 120mb of data. The cool thing about the LS120's was that the drives could also use regular floppy disks, which made them really awsome for laptops (since back then most people did not have a burner in their laptop, and moving large files from machine to machine without a network was next to impossible.) The drives failed though because the LS120 disks cost about $30 a pop, and CD-burners became cheap 2 years later.
There just isn't a market for a multi-purpose drive anymore. You've got CD-burners, and thumb-drives, and for bigger stuff, you have external USB/firewire drives. The existence of easy to use data devices already exists.
Floppies have become a basic tool of ownership now. Your PC has a power button, a fan, and a floppy. It's just given.