A Floppy Disk Revitalized for USB Duty

A Floppy Disk Revitalized for USB Duty

Gregory Han
Nov 15, 2010

Sometimes we wonder how many 3.5" floppy disks there are still out there, considering it feels like eons since we last saw one of them in the wild (I believe it was a shareware install disk for the original Duke Nukem). But apparently enough survive to see yet another day, being gutted and reconfigured for use with current tech like this keen DIY project by Charles Mangin of Mac consulting company, Option8. The idea isn't new, but we like the results.

Taking a peek inside, the project doesn't look too difficult nor too risky, as most of us have a spare thumb drive we wouldn't worry about risking prying apart. Dig into your parent's attic or garage space and we're sure you can hunt down a couple of 3.5" disks somewhere (the project requires two sets, stacked, for clearance of the flash components within). Charles even added a red LED light which illuminates to notify a good connection.

More details about this project over at Technabob and via Charles' Flickr page.

Other USB drive and Floppy Disk posts from the Unplggd Archives:
3.5" Floppy Disk Into Record Player Greeting Card Project
Floppy Disk Turned USB Drive
Wood USB Flash Drive
LaCie USB Drive "Keys" Camouflage On Keyrings
Password Safe: Hidden Inside a Floppy Disk
Dolores' Upcycled Floppy Disk Desk

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