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This 3.5'' Floppy Is Really a USB Flash Drive

If you're in the mood for a little retro, Option8's Charles Mangin will bring you back to the days when programs and even Microsoft Windows was offered in nearly a dozen 3.5-inch floppy disks--a time before CD-ROM became widely used by publishers.

"Another weekend project," he said on flikr. "I decided that I would put a promotional USB drive I received at a tradeshow to good use. The drive itself was stuffed into something the size of a stack of business cards, and my thought was to try and cram those same innards into a floppy disk."

Mangin's DIY USB drive project actually consists of two old 3.5-inch floppy discs from IBM--the top of one holding the magnetic disk and the stacked bottoms of both, creating enough height to accommodate the storage of the USB connector.

As for the actual drive, Mangin used a business-card model and even retained the LED's original functionality. "I lined up the tiny LED on the USB drive with a piece of translucent plastic, which pokes through to the write protect notch in the corner of the disk," he said.

To see the whole project, head here.

  • Albyint
    Lol nice and Retro. Super looking bad *** computer with something attached that is as old as a VHS of Stark Trek.
  • jskilnyk
    AlbyintLol nice and Retro. Super looking bad *** computer with something attached that is as old as a VHS of Stark Trek.
    Makes me feel kind of weird calling a 3.5" floppy retro. x_x

    But, anyways at least the friends of anyone who buys that will get a good laugh.
  • Lutfij
    Yep! Floppies have joined the retro list among the crystal ball and afro hairdoo...I'd like one for nostalgic sakes
  • BartG
    ummm, thats a stiffy, not a floppy... FAIL
  • eddieroolz
    This thing actually makes me want to dig up my old floppy. But I doubt I'm able to make it look as nice as these guys did.
    Floppies do make good coffee coasters...if nothing else, and well, there is nothing else.
  • kikireeki
    Very practical indeed!
  • dark_lord69
    With that much physical space you could make a pretty massive USB drive.
  • i've updated the project, and created a howto video here:

    share and enjoy!