Reply 3640 of 3820, by Tetrium
BitWrangler wrote on 2022-04-03, 02:55:Tetrium wrote on 2022-04-02, 15:12:RandomStranger wrote on 2022-03-31, 18:39:
Really? I never considered them to be all that rare. I have 3 and just got a 4th one though that 4th is a little on the weird side. It's from an industrial machine and the data cable connector is a little different.
They were pretty common, a LOT more common than for instance Voodoo cards.
But these drives were thrown out much sooner and much fewer of them ended up being saved. They are pretty bulky, harder to stack and reached obsolesce much sooner than optical drives because 3.5in FDDs were also a thing. And I reckon most people didn't bother saving them 'because this is a mass produced product and these will never run out and will never become rare! 😀 😀 😀'.
5.25 maintained high market penetration and high popularity in some areas more than others. I think for example in Germany MS were actually debating whether to put Windows 95 on 1.2MB 5.25 it was so popular, whereas in UK 3.5 adoption was strong enough I don't even think they had later UK versions of 3.x on 5.25
Definitely true, it would vary by region, though I'm mostly familiar with the situation here in The Netherlands.
Here 5.25in FDDs would usually be present in any 486 or older while 3.5in FDDs started becomming common in 486s as well. Generally speaking that is.
I don't remember well when optical drives started appearing but these were often present in 486 systems as well.
Doing this from memory though, I didn't keep tabs.
But I'm fairly sure that anything Pentium usually came with just the 3.5in FDD and a CDROM drive (a reader, SCSI optical drives seemed to be really rare or at least I didn't come across many, if any at all or I'd have them in my stash now).