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August 29, 2012

History of the Floppy Disk

Filed under: News — admin @ 9:06 am

I remember the floppy well. I never had a computer that required an 8-inch disk, though I used those disks at the publishing house where I worked.

Yeah, verily, I suffered through stacks of 5 1/4-inch floppy diskettes, and piles upon piles of 3.5-inch diskettes. There was once a whole chapter of PCs For Dummies dedicated to the different types and densities of floppies.

Today, I still have one computer in the garage that has a 5 1/4-inch floppy drive. I also have a “loose” drive that I could install in any computer, but haven’t done so in over 10 years. I have a USB 3.5-inch floppy drive I’ve used from time to time. But with Sony stopping manufacture of floppies in 2010, the era is pretty much over.

Rest in peace, floppy disk.

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