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Boot record for floppy drive

I dont have the floppy drive in the tower , what can I do or should do ?
Can I run the tower with out it

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Yes. Most new computers today don't come with a floppy drive as they are pretty much obsolete. If you need a floppy drive because you have a bunch of floppies around with important stuff on them, you can purchase an external usb floppy drive for around $20 or so.

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