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The USB Floppy Disk

by Paul Strauss

A while back, I told you guys about some CD-R disks that look like old 3.5″ floppies. In the story, I said that I’d much rather have a 3.5″ floppy USB drive, and Technabob reader Charles Mangin of Option8 has now indulged us with one.


In order to pull off this hack, Charles had to stack components of two old 3.5″ floppies so there would be enough height to accommodate the storage of the USB connector.  Inside the drive are the guts of one of those business card style USB drives.


Charles managed to precisely align the drive’s activity light with the old floppy’s write-protect switch, so there’s a little blinking red LED in there now. It looks like the disk is an old IBM PS/2 reference disk, but I doubt that he bothered copying those files to his flash drive.


Best thing about hacks like this one is that it looks like it really wouldn’t be that hard to make one for yourself – now that Charles has paved the way with his creativity.

Check out more pics over at Charles’ USB Floppy flickr album.

Comments (10):

  1. Ant says:

    Clever. He should make and sell these. Heh. I still have and use 3.5″ floppy disks and drives. ;)

  2. option8 says:

    thanks for the post! i’m already working on some revisions to this with another USB drive. i’ll post pictures soon.

  3. b0k1 says:

    ask for patent on this stuf to protect your work :)

  4. krx says:

    HAHAHAHA 100% FAIL!!!!!!

  5. option8 says:

    i’ve retooled the original project and created a how-to video for a slimmer, one-floppy version. the howto video is here:

    share and enjoy!

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