Have you got a box of old floppies kicking around? They might contain old documents, images from an early digital camera, or maybe even some classic games that you’d like to fire up on an emulator. Believe it or not, it wasn’t that long ago that floppies were considered the best way to store data. In fact, less than five years ago new desktop PCs were still being sold with floppy drives. Some industries still use expensive specialized equipment that uses floppies, so there needs to be a way for you to access the data.
How can you access the information on a floppy disk? You could try and pick up an old computer, although that would leave you stuck with an ancient operating system that restricts access to modern software. You can also find internal drives for your desktop, but these aren’t particularly portable. Likely, your best option is to find an external USB floppy drive. These are readily available from a variety of manufacturers, so you can take a trip down memory lane and access your old data for less than the cost of a burger and a beer.
Unfortunately, not all USB floppy drives are created equally. 3.5-inch floppy disks were on the market for a very long time, and used for a large variety of different purposes. Depending on how you need to use yours, different drive may be better or worse for these purposes. We went in depth and tested several floppy disk drives. Today, we’re going to break down the results of the top three, and help you pick the one that will work best for your needs.