I have found the 3 1/2” floppies (1.44 MB), to be notoriously unreliable. There have been numerous instances of failure for a single read-write. In 1999, when I got my P-III, I had the older 5 1/4” fdd installed too, and encountered numerous raised eyebrows. The 1.2 MB floppies were far more reliable. But now they aren’t even available in the market. Now that the cd writer is affordable, I’ve installed one, and my backups are safe again. But a couple of problem still linger 1) What if I want to flash my BIOS ? 2) So far, it seems to me, that the only way to make a cd bootable, is to use a fdd (at least in Win 98SE). I sure hope I’m wrong on both counts, and that the fdd can be dispensed with altogether.