It might not seem like much to you, but a few years ago the only way to transfer content from one computer to another was to throw floppy disks. Whether they are 5 and 1/4 (5.25) or 3 and 1/2 (3.5), the lack of general internet and other media makes this the most used option. And although they were thrown away years ago, one user picked them up for the cause and used them in Windows 11.
Yes, Microsoft’s newest operating system is able to read 5 1/4 floppy disks by connecting a drive to the computer. And to prove it, he uploaded a video on YouTube where he explains the whole process in which he uses Windows 11 and a 5 and 1/4 floppy drive.
Windows 11 with XP core
Jrcraft showed on his YouTube channel how it is possible to connect a 5.25″ disk to a computer with Windows 11. A physical medium abandoned for almost 30 years and yet Windows 11 is able to support it.
In the test, Windows 11 and is able to natively recognize and read a 5 and 1/4 floppy drive. A surprise for the user due to the severe requirements with which Windows 11 arrived on the market. Just remember how it only works on computers with TPM 2.0 or its theoretical incompatibility with pre-2017 CPUs.
In order to get the floppy drive working, the user used a 2005 PC with an Athlon 64 X2+ processor and a motherboard that had the IDE connectors used for the floppy drive. On paper, this computer couldn’t run Windows 11. But Microsoft’s requirements can be ignored.
The 5.25-inch drive unit was connected via a 34-pin IDE strip and for its detection it did not require the use of additional hardware or software. A Windows 11 capable of reading floppy disks like Windows XP did years ago.
This disk format was the one that gave way to the popular 3 and 1/2 floppy disks, which offered better performance in a more compact size. The basic floppy disks when it comes to distributing all sorts of software (I still remember loading games with 50 floppy disks) which were the norm until the rise of the CD and the subsequent arrival of USB sticks and external hard drives.