(See addendum, updated 3/1/04)
USB memory keys are becoming more and more commonplace, and have finally begun to replace the ancient floppy drive for temporary file storage. I just purchased a Lexar 128MB JumpDrive from Dell for $21.70 after rebate, which isn’t a bad deal at all considering the storage offered.
The primary reason for this purchase stems from the new Dell Inspiron 600m laptop I recently purchased. The laptop didn’t come with a floppy drive, and I didn’t feel like spending the $50 to add the floppy as an option. Lucky for me, the new BIOSes in the Inspiron series laptops have the ability to boot from a USB key drive. After a bit of searching on the Dell Community Forum, I came across this informative site that has a free utility available to create bootable USB key drives.