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Since recent Apple computers do not come with a floppy disk drive built-in, what options are available?
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There are a number of third-party companies providing low cost floppy drives, removable media drives, and external hard disk drives for use with recent Macintosh computers such as the Power Mac G4, iMac, or iBook.

All of these products will connect to your computer via Universal Serial Bus (USB ) or FireWire. USB is a peripheral bus standard that allows you to connect a variety of peripheral devices to your computer. FireWire is a peripheral bus as well but much faster. Until the introduction of the iMac, Macintosh computers used Small Computer Standard Interface (SCSI), Apple Desktop Bus (ADB), and serial connections to connect peripheral devices. USB and FireWire has virtually replaced these standards.

Here are a few of the products already announced:

The Imation SuperDisk USB Drive, which reads both 1.44 MB and 120 MB disks. Further information is available at:
http://www.imation.com/

The Iomega 100 MB Zip Drive. Further information is available at: http://www.iomega.com/

LaCie external 2, 4 and 8 Gigabyte hard disk drives and an external DVD-ROM drive. Further information is available at: http://www.lacie.com/

VST Technologies FireWire Full Height Zip250 Drive, FireWire Zip100. Further information is available at:
http://www.vsttech.com

For further information, please refer to the following Knowledge Base articles which address many frequently asked questions pertaining to USB or FireWire, or visit Apple's USB or FireWire pages at: http://www.apple.com/usb/, http://www.apple.com/firewire.

Related articles on connecting older peripherals to iMacs:

Additional information on USB:
USB is a multi-platform standard. You can use any USB device that is developed for use with the Mac OS. Check for the Mac OS logo on the USB product packaging, which tells you that the USB product will work with Macintosh computers.

Manufacturers of USB devices for personal computers that do not use the Mac OS may offer software you can install on your computer so that you can use their USB device with your Mac OS computer. For more information, contact the device's manufacturer. For the latest information on USB in Apple products, visit: http://www.apple.com/usb/
Last Modified: Feb 20, 2012
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