How can I reuse or recycle floppy discs?

Floppy discRemember when 1.44MB seemed like all the storage space you’d ever need? And then later on, when games came spread across 8 of them, meaning your heroic rescue of Sophia from the evil Nazis is interrupted while you change to disc five? And how it was so easy for the discs to corrupt if they got within a 14mile radius of a magnetic field? And how it took about half an hour to load and save to them?

Yes, we remember them so, so fondly. And have a giant stack of them to get rid of.

Any ideas?

Best Suggestions

  • Reduce: Use a USB key instead where possible.
  • Reuse: Use them to make retro notepad covers, desktidies or bags.
  • See the comments below for more suggestions and ideas

(Photo by Andrew H, c/o
(We’ve been so lazy on the photo front recently. Tsk, us).

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64 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle floppy discs?”

  1. hockeyfan says:

    I found this article interesting, it appears the author used old floppy disks to make a pen holder, very creative.

  2. Alena says:

    Attach fresh self adhesive label with grocery list written on it every time you go shopping. The list will not get scrunched in a purse and is less likely to get lost in it’s debrees.

  3. Alena says:

    Adhere bright labels to the floppy, or even photos, drill mini hall in a corner and carry as key chain. What are the chances you will ever have hard time finding your keys?

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