Floppy Disks

Floppy Disks

About Floppy Disks

A floppy disk, or diskette, is a disk storage medium composed of a disk of thin and flexible magnetic storage medium, sealed in a rectangular plastic carrier lined with fabric that removes dust particles. They are read and written by a floppy disk drive (FDD). Floppy disks, initially as 8-inch (200mm) media and later in 5.25-inch (133mm) and 3.5-inch (89mm) sizes, were a ubiquitous form of data storage and exchange from the mid-1970s well into the first decade of the 21st century. By 2010, computer motherboards were rarely manufactured with floppy drive support; 3 2' floppies could be used as an external USB drive, but 5 4', 8', and non-standard drives could only be handled by old equipment.

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