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floppy disk

a data storage device in which data is stored on a vinyl disk which is inserted in a COMPUTER'S disk drive to enable the computer to ‘read’ the information contained on it or to ‘write’ information onto it.
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He said the decision was made because technologies such as USB flash memory offer much more storage capacity than floppies and are more useful with today's mega-memory computers.
To carry away the same amount of files on floppies, you would have to stuff your pockets with dozens of them (90 disks for the 128 MB DiskOn-Key).
Once the MBR or boot sector on a drive is infected, the virus infects the boot sector of floppies accessed on that computer.
The Model 1100 Degaussing Wand erases disk drives, drum-type memories, multiple platter diskpacks, floppies, and any flat surface magnetic memory.
Unlike Iomega Corp's Zip drive, the disk will be read and write-compatible with legacy 1.44Mb and 720Kb floppies. It also promises to be much cheaper than Imation Corp's LS-120 "Superdisk," which is compatible with 1.44Mb drives, but uses expensive voice coil motor control and metal in gap MIG/optical heads.
If you back up to floppies or other limited backup media, space will be your priority.
Floppies have a limited storage capacity and making backups becomes a juggling act where we insert one disk after another and send the appropriate files to each.