Floppy Disks Informative - In Memoriam - Floppy Disks

Review by 32031 on 2007-02-01
It is my sad duty to report the demise of the floppy disk. The last manufacturer, located in Europe, has decided to cease production of floppy disks.

The first floppies appeared in 1971 as a 5-1/2" disk. A few years later came the more popular and better known 3-1/2" hard shell disk. With advent of the CD-ROM the floppy slowly began to lose it's majority standing as a storage media. Most PC manufacturers began leaving out the floppy drives about 4 years ago. The popularity of the CD, DVD and flash drives drove the need for a floppy disk into obscurity.

The floppy goes back to the era when the World Wide Web was still mostly a dream and the sounds of a PC dialing to get online was common place.

No funeral is planned but owners of the old faithful disks are asked to copy the data on to other media as a way to preserve an old files and a bygone way of life.
Comments:12 Replies - Latest reply on 2007-02-01
Posted by S on 2007-02-01:
Amazingly my company still uses floppies! And my uncle backs all his important files up on floppies! Time to invest in the floppy after-market... maybe open up an ebay floppie store... =)
Posted by tnchuck100 on 2007-02-01:
Don't remember the year but I do remember 8 inch floppy disks as well. Do you remember core memory?
Posted by adzidek on 2007-02-01:
Good post. It was 5 1/4", though, not 5 1/2".
Posted by MRM on 2007-02-01:
Floppies are slow and only 1.44mb storage capacity. Thank god for USB drive as they are fast and their capacity storage can be as high as 8GB and more. Toodles...
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-02-01:
<---- wipes a little tear from the corner of his eye
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-02-01:
I'm pretty sure I've got some 5 1/4" around here in the office!
Posted by Hugh_Jorgen on 2007-02-01:
Check - I remember the 8" diskette drives - IBM used them on their midrange systems until 10 or so years ago.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-02-01:
I remember 8 inch disks and cassette tapes as media. I remember 10 MB hard drives and amber monochrome screens. I remember 8 bit memory addresses and those who thought nobody would ever need more than 640K of RAM which was composed of like 32 chips on a mammoth mother board. I remember winchester hard drive controllers and having to compile my own device drivers for a z-100 computer. I remember dos 1.0 when there was no subdirectories (sorry folders). I remember unix before unix was 'cool' and writing COBOL programs that were stored on punch cards. I still have a stack of those cards in a box somewhere - my first professional program. I think it counted something and created a file.. woo woo.. Memories!

Thanks PassingBy, now I feel really old.
Posted by Nohandle on 2007-02-01:
Stew, you forgot to mention the office space required to house this equipment! lol
Posted by rnick821 on 2007-02-01:
My first hard drive was external, the size of a loaf of bread, was 20 megabytes, and cost me $750.00. Ah, the good old days. :)

Posted by Dirtydave on 2007-02-01:
Alas poor Floppy! I knew him Horatio.

(With deepest apologies to William Shakespeare)
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-02-01:
I still have fond memories of programming my first 8088.

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