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Convverting 3 1/2" disc to CD/DVD/FlashDrive

by poohshaw / May 10, 2012 6:32 AM PDT

I have a very old computer that I ony use for data, the CD drive does not work, but the 3 1/2" drive does. I have all my data backed up on 3 1/2" drives and want to convert them to CD/DVD'S/FlashDrives. What device do I need to do this?

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No conversion needed
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 10, 2012 6:36 AM PDT

Just copy the data from the floppy disks to the computer as temporary storage.

Then copy over to a flash drive. since you have no workable CD drive it would seem copying to CD is out of the question unless you either replace that drive or purchase a USB CD drive.


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A very old PC ...
by Kees_B Forum moderator / May 10, 2012 6:41 AM PDT
In reply to: No conversion needed

might not have USB, or not support a flash drive. You need at least Windows 98 SE for that!

It's very well imaginable this is a Windows 95 PC.


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Exactly what I figured
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 10, 2012 6:43 AM PDT
In reply to: A very old PC ...

but since the OP mentioned a flash drive I assumed that this was an alternative the OP was considering.


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Convverting 3 1/2" disc to CD/DVD/FlashDrive
by poohshaw / May 12, 2012 1:42 PM PDT
In reply to: A very old PC ...

Yes the computer originally was with Windows 95, so there is no USB. It was upgraded to Millenium (ME) but a USB was not added. I think I am going to go with an external CD/DVD burner. What do you suggest?

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To use an external CD/DVD burner you're going
by Steven Haninger / May 13, 2012 1:57 AM PDT

to need a USB port. If Win ME, you're also going to need burning software that works with it and there may not be much out there but some archived version of Nero. You can possibly add a USB card but it would need to plug into a MB slot. Hopefully you don't have at least a PCI slotted MB.

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Re: very old computer
by Kees_B Forum moderator / May 10, 2012 6:38 AM PDT

You have many options. Such as:
1. Buy an external diskette drive for use on any other PC.
2. Buy an external CD/DVD-burner for use on this old PC.
3. Connect that old PC to Internet and mail to yourself.
4. Connect that old PC to Internet and use Dropbox or a comparable service
5. Copy from diskette to the hard disk of that old PC and mount that into any other PC
6. Copy from diskette to the hard disk of that old PC, put that in an external enclosure and connect that to another PC


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Does this support USB DVDRW drives?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 10, 2012 6:42 AM PDT

I added a pair of USB floppy drives in my collection years ago. This is exactly the scenario that these and my USB DVDRW drive comes in handy.

These have never been cheaper.

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by poohshaw / May 12, 2012 1:43 PM PDT


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Simplest Process
by Schokers / May 13, 2012 10:14 PM PDT
In reply to: THANK-YOU

If you have access to a more recent PC with USB ports and a burner, I would have thought the simplest process would be to:
1. Buy a USB Floppy drive (quite cheap) and connect it to the more recent PC
2. Insert your old floppy disks in this drive and copy them to the hard drive of the PC
3. Burn the files from the hard drive of the PC to CDs or copy them to flash drives

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Simplest Process -
by poohshaw / May 14, 2012 2:14 AM PDT
In reply to: Simplest Process

Hello and thank-you for responding. Yes this is what I am doing. I haved bought a USB floppy drive from Amazon and am waiting for it to arrrive in the mail. It was $10.00!!! I can't wait to do this, I am then going to go to a laptop for a 2nd computer, instead of a Tablet. One of these days I do hope to get a Tablet...
Thank-you again. Cindy

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