FLOPPY DISKS

As Amiga users we continue to use floppy disks today along side hardrives, usb, compact flash and SD storage devices.


Floppy disks were so common in late 20th-century culture that many electronic and software programs continue to use save icons that look like floppy disks well into the 21st century.

Some interesting facts about the floppy...

Who invented floppy disk?
The floppy disk was invented by IBM engineers led by Alan Shugart.

When were floppy disks introduced?
1971, IBM began selling floppy disk drives in 1971, and received U.S. patents for the drive and floppy disk in 1972.


How long do floppy disks generally last?
It is believed to be around 40 years.

Where did they get their name 'floppy disk'?
The 5.25-inch disks were dubbed "floppy" because the diskette packaging was a very flexible plastic envelope, unlike the more rigid case used to hold today's 3.5-inch diskettes, although the name 'floppy' is still used for 3.5" disks also.

When did the 3.5 floppy come out?
The 3.5-inch sized disk was introduced to the world by Sony in 1980 and proved to be a winner. The 3.5-inch disk didn't really take off until 1982.

How did the floppy disk change the world?
With the floppy, 'companies could write programs and games, put them on the disks, and sell them through the mail or in stores. It made it possible to have a more advanced and larger software industry,'