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Lindy revives floppy with external USB drive

Lindy Electronics has launched an external USB floppy disc drive to help users access data on discs using their floppy-less laptops and desktops.

Major manufacturers and retailers have spurned floppy disc drives in recent years, but Lindy says it has launched its 3.5in external USB drive to address a ready market.

“We know that customers are using 3.5in floppies, because we are still seeing a demand for them,” said Stephen Fawcett, senior product manager at Lindy.

Fawcett said, “Apart from being an obvious solution for retrieving data from a legacy device that does not support any other method of data transfer, there are also many other situations where a floppy drive can be useful.

“Even those of us who prefer pen drives, have probably found ourselves presented with a floppy of ‘important data’ and wished we still had an easy way to access it,” he said.

The external floppy is equipped with the standard 1.44Mbyte data capacity and is compatible with Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista, Linux, and Mac OS 8.6 & above operating systems.

Many USB pen devices don’t readily support Windows systems below Windows 2000, so the external floppy is particularly useful for those users. The device costs £29.99.

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