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How to retrieve data from 4" floppy + put on CDR?

by elliehowe / July 17, 2013 4:16 PM PDT


I found an old laptop and it has some scanned photos on the hard drive that I want to retrieve and install on my new laptop.

The old laptop ONLY uses the little 4" floppy disks, so I can save the photos on one of those... but my new laptop and my newer PC don't accept the little 4" floppies; they only accept CDRs and DVDs.

Is there any way I can transfer photos from laptop hard drive to 4" floppy to CDR to new laptop hard drive? My son tried to set up WiFi(?) on the old laptop, thinking I could email the photos to myself, but the old laptop has no way to install the WiFi (I think that's what he called it) card to set up the Internet network connection.

You've helped me so many times, Forum members... I'm hoping once again you'll have an easy solution to this vexing problem. Thank you! Ellie

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And this is why I own an USB Floppy drive.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 18, 2013 12:57 AM PDT

It makes such work trivial. But why not use the Ethernet port instead of WiFi? My oldest laptops had that. And my even older Pentium (yes it was just that, no 2, 3 or 4!) had an Ethernet on the PCMCIA slot adapter.

My bet this is the newer 3.5 inch floppy.

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Thank you all YET AGAIN for helping me!
by elliehowe / July 21, 2013 4:38 PM PDT
In reply to: My checkout.

Some family issues have kept me off my PC until now... Sorry for not replying sooner.

Bob, I have already ordered the external floppy disk drive! I figured there must be some type of device out there that would do it, but I didn't even know what to search for. That's how I ended up here! And my old laptop does have an Ethernet port.

I apologize, too, for not having all the details and specs about the two laptops. The older one (my daughter used in college) is a Dell but I can't find the model number, serial number, or any of the technical specs anywhere on it. I'm guessing they are hiding at F1 or something, but I got distracted before I had a chance to look. I do have all the literature etc. on the newer one (HP) so I guess I should have supplied that to you. I'll try to be more informative next time when I ask a question -- and we ALL know that sooner or later I will have yet another question for my CNET Forum friends to help me with.

Thank you all for taking time to respond! You guys rock!


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by Willy / July 18, 2013 1:43 AM PDT

You can remove the old laptop HD, place in a USB ext. case or use USB adapter(ADA-2020 type) and then connect that to the new laptop. It sees media device and you can access file(s). Once you retrieve all data you want, you can re-use the adapter or ext. USB case for other needs.

It always helps to know what we're dealing with, we have no clue the capabilities of old or new laptop.

tada -----Willy Happy

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