Here's our Hardware Tip for.. January 3, 2003
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Floppy Replacement--Part 1 of 4
So far, only non-PC manufacturers are bold enough to offer a personal computer without an integrated floppy drive. PC makers still include a floppy drive on every desktop and notebook PC.

Unless you still use floppies on a regular basis, make sure the new notebook you are considering allows you to remove the floppy drive (hopefully in module form) and replace it with a more useful component (like an optical storage drive, battery module, or hard drive). When traveling, you don't want to carry any unwanted components.