35inch floppy disk turned into a fancy USB drive

first_imgYou snot nosed kids might think that your USB flash drives are the be-all and end-all of storage, but us old coots were there on the front lines back when the data you could fit on a disk could be counted not in gigabytes, but kilobytes. Back in those days, the 3.5-inch reigned supreme over its inferior density progenitor, the 5.25-inch floppy. Not only could you fit it right in your pocket, but it could fit an amazing 1.44 megabytes of information on a single disk. Amazing, right? That’s how hardcore we were. Unfortunately, times and standards change, and what was once the hottest thing in storage media is now a dusty old relic. You can’t even buy a computer that comes with a 3.5-inch disk drive anymore, and if you want to read those disks, well, you need to buy a USB reader from a specialty shop.The form factor of the 3.5-inch drive, though, remains as functionally sexy as it ever did. Perhaps that what prompted one modder to launch a neat DIY project, in which he converted an old 3.5-inch floppy into a working USB flash drive. The USB cord even retracts: simply slide the disk protector to the side and out pops the cable. Ingenious, and to make the whole mod even cooler, the maker in question installed a small red LED in the write/protect switch which will tell you when the data within is being accessed.Pretty cool, and we approve. I’m just waiting for the day someone figures out how to do this with a 5.25-inch floppy.Read more at Technaboblast_img read more

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