AN ENTERPRISING HACKER has revived a 1990s floppy disk drive and turned it into an all-singing, all-dancing 128GB flash drive. Stand back: this one comes under 'fun but pointless'.
Original 3.5in floppies had magnetic digital disks capable of providing just 1.44MB, but the revived drive is in fact a doctored SD card reader and drive.
A YouTube modder known as Dr Moddnstine managed the feat as part of a full update of a mid-90s IBM Aptiva.
By a twist of fate, the ribbon cable from the disk drive happened to line up with the notches on an SD card, so with a bit of cajoling he was able to solder together the floppy drive and a cheap USB SD card reader.
The disks are once again a perfect fit in terms of thickness (that's what she said) and line up with the connections, but are essentially an SD card inside a floppy housing.
The result? Lights that light, drives that are recognised and no more questions like 'Mummy, what's an A drive?'
OK, so it's pointless, but for hipster points alone it's worth a mention. And if you want to get nerdy about it, here's some stats. The 128GB diskette is the equivalent of 188,574 regular disks in terms of capacity.
If you laid all those disks on top of each other, they'd reach a height of 622.29 metres. That's equivalent to 142 double decker buses.
The one flaw we've noticed, though, is that the resulting drive could still have an old-fashioned IDE connection to the motherboard. If that turns out to be the case, the performance of the drive isn't going to be all that.
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