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Thatwasthen… How technology has changed
Floppy disk WHAT WAS IT?
When computers first became affordable in the 1970s, their most common type of mass storage consisted of a flexible plastic disk, coated with magnetic material, inside a plastic sleeve. These were literally floppy. Early 8in floppies were replaced by 5.25in disks, for which drives were available. Initially storing 160K, users would keep each project on a different floppy. Soon, 3.5in disks in sturdier cases with a sliding metal cover took over, storing up to 1.44 megabytes.
HOW HAVE THINGS CHANGED?
The floppy disk’s various roles have been usurped by other technologies. Operating systems and files are stored on hard drives or SSDS. A typical desktop PC has a 1TB hard drive, equivalent to six million 160K 5.25in floppies. Laptops have smaller SSDS, but if more space is needed, you can plug in a USB stick with up to 128GB. Microsd cards are used in mobile devices. These are similar in thickness to a 5.25in floppy but less than a hundredth of the size, while storing 800,000 times more.