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What are the advantages and disadvantages of an external floppy drive?

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Disadvantages

  • They tend to cost more than internal floppy drives
  • External floppy drives that use USB or FireWire don't work well with legacy operating systems, like Windows 95 or MS-DOS

Advantages

  • Because they (USB / FireWire drives) aren't bound by the restrictions of the standard internal floppy controller found in older computers, they can read data much faster, and can often support larger capacity disks
  • The drive can be removed when not needed and stored

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