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Sony Killing Off Floppy Disk Production in 2011

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Sony Japan has said it will cease production of floppy disks next year.

Floppy disks might be as old as the hills but Sony still sold over 12 million of them in Japan last year.  Unfortunately, Sony Japan has some bad news for those responsible for last year's sales: Come March 2011, you won't be able to buy any more.

According to the Mainichi Daily News, the last man standing in floppy disk production Friday announced that it would discontinue diskettes over the next 12 months. Sony launched the world's first 3.5-inch floppy disk in 1981 and stopped production in most markets last month. With just Japan and India left, it makes sense for the company to hang on until the 30-year anniversary. It just wouldn't be right to kill it off on its 29th birthday.

What are you using your old floppy disks for these days? I find they're good substitutes for coasters and great for fixing wobbly table legs.

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    tserich , April 26, 2010 5:08 PM
    Rest in peace, my floppy friends
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    Jan286 , April 26, 2010 5:24 PM
    I think alot of them still get used for windows xp setups.
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    JasonAkkerman , April 26, 2010 5:08 PM
    People still use these things? I have been using them for skeet. They produce a much more random flight path then a clay pigeon.
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  • 17 Hide
    JasonAkkerman , April 26, 2010 5:08 PM
    People still use these things? I have been using them for skeet. They produce a much more random flight path then a clay pigeon.
  • 32 Hide
    tserich , April 26, 2010 5:08 PM
    Rest in peace, my floppy friends
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    nforce4max , April 26, 2010 5:14 PM
    I guess I should stock up for my retro rigs.
  • 21 Hide
    Jan286 , April 26, 2010 5:24 PM
    I think alot of them still get used for windows xp setups.
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    wmalinowski , April 26, 2010 5:25 PM
    12 million floppies? And I thought floppies were dead.....
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    henrystrawn , April 26, 2010 5:28 PM
    Great leap over 5.25" disks, I will miss you friendly floppy. You were indispensable for our ETC lightboard.
  • 11 Hide
    koss64 , April 26, 2010 5:28 PM
    I still use them to flash BIOS's on old machines,or as an emegency boot disk when a BIOS gets fried.
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    ksampanna , April 26, 2010 5:31 PM
    I remember the first floppy I ever used was for gaming - Dave 2.
    Still remember the drill : Insert diskette --> Open Command Prompt --> cd davedave
    These little bastards sure deserve a 12 gun salute & a minute of silence.
    Rest in Peace my dear friends.
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    magicandy , April 26, 2010 5:32 PM
    What about Verbatim and Memorex floppies which you can still find around brick and mortar stores in the US? Are those also made by Sony but just re-branded?
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    vsgm , April 26, 2010 5:35 PM
    does ppl have floppy drives in computers now? My mainboard don't even have a floppy drive connector :( 
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    gbismack , April 26, 2010 5:35 PM
    I had to flash a RAID card BIOS using a floppy drive a couple months back. It took me 2 weeks to locate a working disk and a working drive to put the files on it!
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    vsgm , April 26, 2010 5:36 PM
    gbismackI had to flash a RAID card BIOS using a floppy drive a couple months back. It took me 2 weeks to locate a working disk and a working drive to put the files on it!


    if u have windows 7 u could have used a USB Flash drive :) 
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    digiex , April 26, 2010 5:39 PM
    It's about time. I hope board manufactures remove it in their BIOS too.
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    pluripotent , April 26, 2010 5:41 PM
    In high school I bought a hole puncher for single sided 3.5" disks which turned them into two sided disks and you only needed to buy the cheaper ones.

    Also, there was some kind of formatting that I remember doing that make them several kilobytes larger...I think the standard was like 1.44 megs or something, and if you formatted them this special way, you'd get like 1.45 or 1.5 or something...can't remember.

    And if you defraged them you could squeeze a few more files on them. But you were still always running out of space, so you had to jot done the blank space available on them and the smallest file size, and if you could find a file that would fit in the blank space of another disk, you just freed up several more kilobytes!

    So you had to have boxes of these things to be able to store anything...but they were soooo much better than 5.25" disks.

    Thank god computers have advanced beyond this. I now have an old 4 gig USB drive that is probably larger then the combined size of all the 3.5" disks I ever owned.
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    loomis86 , April 26, 2010 5:43 PM
    Floppies??

    gosh, I switched over to zip disks ages ago, lol. Actually though, I do remember a time when nearly every computer had a zip drive in it. Boy did they blow it. Zip disks coulda killed off rewritable CDs if they had their act together. And I think I remember a couple different versions of high capacity floppy disks that should've had potential, too, if someone had been marketing them correctly.
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    N.Broekhuijsen , April 26, 2010 5:47 PM
    12 million * 1.44 mb = 17,280 GB.... Not all that much considering it involves keeping a part or entire factory operational... and obviously a much higher cost per MB than hard drives
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    Hellbound , April 26, 2010 5:48 PM
    Its about time. I haven't used floppies in ages. The last computer I had with a floppy drive was back in 2000.
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    Snipergod87 , April 26, 2010 5:49 PM
    I still use flopies on occasion mostly if I have to install XP with SATA or RAID drivers.
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    Snipergod87 , April 26, 2010 5:50 PM
    loomis86Floppies??gosh, I switched over to zip disks ages ago, lol. Actually though, I do remember a time when nearly every computer had a zip drive in it. Boy did they blow it. Zip disks coulda killed off rewritable CDs if they had their act together. And I think I remember a couple different versions of high capacity floppy disks that should've had potential, too, if someone had been marketing them correctly.


    I meant to comment on this. Problem with Zip disks is you needed a Zip drive, CD-ROM drives were much more popular to be found espically since then had been used in the recording industry. Zip disks also had reliabilty issues compared to CD's
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    proxy711 , April 26, 2010 5:52 PM
    Wow they are still making floppy disks? damn i havent even seen one in years let alone have a floppy drive in my PC.
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