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I have an old AST 486 and the floppy drive has quit working. I only use the laptop to update an Excel file and want to get the file off the laptop. Without the use of the floppy drive, how else can I get the document off the 486?

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Old question...but if you are using an AST PowerExec to Ascentia 910N there is not way you are going to find a floppy. This is very old technology that does not have USB port etc. What I would do is go on Ebay and buy a cheap converter for the Hard Drive and hook it into an old desktop. I have done that and it is the best solution.

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If you really sure that the floppy is damaged and canot read even a reformated or formated brand new floppy then are only way out of this to get your files is networking (Assuming that the AST 486 does not have USB port or a CD writer)

  1. Use infra-red to network your laptop with another laptop to get your fules sent (Check i am not quite sure if hthis laptop model AST 486 have infrared, if it have a brown small patch on it around its perimeter then hurey it got it)
  2. You can use direct parallel cables to nework your laptio with anyother computer and get your files. please note you will need the parallel network cable and setting up the network (assuming you are using an old OS as well cause XP can configure your network automatically)
  3. If it has USB (which i doubt) the use a flash stick, or CD writer (I doubt again) then just burn a disk, or use an old external hard drive or external CD writer which comminicates throught the serial port.

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