StorageIf you'd like to use those 3.5in floppy disks you have left over from the mid-1990s, then you might fancy QPS's Que SuperDisk 240MB external drive. The $419 USB unit supports 240MB and 120MB SuperDisk media as well as standard 1.44MB disks - in fact, it lets you cram 32MB of data onto each old floppy.
True, most desktop users are probably better off with one of today's affordable CD-Recordable drives and their roomier media. Notebook owners, especially those with thin-and-light models that lack a built-in floppy or CD-R drive, may find more to like in this drive that weighs less than 500g. Plus, the Que SuperDisk 240MB draws its power through the USB port, which means you have no extra power cords to carry.
I tested a shipping unit on a desktop PC; the USB installation was a breeze. You really can store 32MB on a regular floppy, thanks to the included SuperWriter 32 software, which allows the drive to write data closer together and with more compression. However, you can access that data only by using another SuperDisk 240 drive with the SuperWriter 32 software.
QPS throws in Dantz's robust Retrospect Express backup software, which costs $US49 when purchased alone (see review on page 36). Also included is the Que D2D DVD-authoring program. Remember that a standard 1.44MB floppy reformatted to 32MB capacity will hold just over three minutes of low-quality video or about one minute of DVD-quality video. This software will be more useful with the 240MB SuperDisks, which each hold about 28 minutes of DVD-quality video. n QPS Que SuperDisk 240MBPrice: $419.00; Distributor: Memory Solutions Australia; Phone: (03) 9645 3806; URL: www.memorysolutions.com.au; www.qps-inc.com