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USB Memory key vs. floppy

I just ordered a computer with a floppy. I have the option of changing that to a memory key. The reason I chose the floppy was that I was under what I guess was a misimpression that the memory key could not be used to transfer info to another computer and I want to ge age to easily transfer data to my daughter's computer, which has a floppy outlet. But now I am wondering if the memory key can ge used on any computer with a USB availagle? grandpaw

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Re: USB Memory key vs. floppy

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Ok, a floppy drive is 1.44 Megabytes. The smallest memory key I've had was 32 Megabytes. My memory key works on Windows 98 and up, Linux and even current macintoshes and is faster, more reliable than a floppy.

I use that and CDRW to toss files when I don't have a network.

Bob

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Thanks, Bob

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You'll see that I ordered both. grandpaw

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Can you expand on what the "memory key" is? Is this a USB device? Or memory on a key chain?

There are several ways to transfer files. One is to use a NIC if both PCs have one, and just plug in an Ethernet cord. Use a crossover cord and the PCs can share files like a two PC network. Another way is to use a USB cable to a USB port in each PC. There is one for about thirty dollars called PCLink. Or you can get a router and both can share the internet and you can configure File and Printer Sharing.

More and more PCs are being built without a floppy drive. But I find it useful for a quick transfer of small files. And a floppy drive is definately needed for W98 in case you need to reload Windows. You can also get a USB floppy drive, but they're not often bootable unless the BIOS is set for it.

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64MB Dell USB memory key

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There, Coryphaeus, I have passed on to you all of my extensive knowledge of memory keys. I have ended up ordering bogh a floppy drive and the memory key. That ought to fix Oscar (I have idea where that came from but we used to say it when we didn't know what else to say; it had something to do with some joke I've forgotten in which Oscar got "fixed" somehow, as in screwed, I believe. grandpaw

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Grandpaw, If Possible, Get Both

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A floppy drive is a good thing and as long as you have USB ports on your computer, you can use the memory key/flash drive/pen drive to transfer data to another computer with USB. Floppy disks will only hold about 1.3 mb of data. The new USB memory keys will hold a great deal more, depending on how much you want to spend.(I've seen them commonly at 512 MB for about $100.) If there is an additional cost for the second item, I would just get the floppy drive, then purchase a separate memory key if you decide you need it.

Then again, it's easy to install a floppy drive if you want to reverse that order. It's up to you and depends on the cost you are being offered.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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darn it, Grif, if you had waited a few minutes

In reply to: Grandpaw, If Possible, Get Both

you would have seen my post to Coryphaeus that I ordered both. Thanks for the input. grandpaw

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