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8-inch, 5¼-inch, and 3½-inch floppy disks
8-inch, 5¼-inch (full height), and 3½-inch drives
A 3½-inch diskette's "floppy" magnetic material, removed from its housing

A floppy disk, also called a diskette or just disk, is a type of disk storage composed of a disk of thin and flexible magnetic storage medium, sealed in a rectangular plastic carrier lined with fabric that removes dust particles. Floppy disks are read and written by a floppy disk drive (FDD).

Floppy disks, initially as {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} media and later in 5¼-inch (133 mm) and 3½-inch (90 mm) sizes, were a ubiquitous form of data storage and exchange from the mid-1970s well into the 2000s.<ref name="Fletcher">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

By 2010, computer motherboards are rarely manufactured with floppy drive support; 3½-inch floppy disks can be used with an external USB floppy disk drive, but USB drives for 5¼-inch, 8-inch and non-standard diskettes are rare or non-existent, and those formats must usually be handled by old equipment.

While floppy disk drives still have some limited uses, especially with legacy industrial computer equipment, they have been superseded by data storage methods with much greater capacity, such as USB flash drives, portable external hard disk drives, optical discs, memory storage cards and computer networks.


Floppy disk sections
Intro   History    Design    Sizes    See also    References    Bibliography    External links   

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8-inch, 5¼-inch, and 3½-inch floppy disks
8-inch, 5¼-inch (full height), and 3½-inch drives
A 3½-inch diskette's "floppy" magnetic material, removed from its housing

A floppy disk, also called a diskette or just disk, is a type of disk storage composed of a disk of thin and flexible magnetic storage medium, sealed in a rectangular plastic carrier lined with fabric that removes dust particles. Floppy disks are read and written by a floppy disk drive (FDD).

Floppy disks, initially as {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} media and later in 5¼-inch (133 mm) and 3½-inch (90 mm) sizes, were a ubiquitous form of data storage and exchange from the mid-1970s well into the 2000s.<ref name="Fletcher">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

By 2010, computer motherboards are rarely manufactured with floppy drive support; 3½-inch floppy disks can be used with an external USB floppy disk drive, but USB drives for 5¼-inch, 8-inch and non-standard diskettes are rare or non-existent, and those formats must usually be handled by old equipment.

While floppy disk drives still have some limited uses, especially with legacy industrial computer equipment, they have been superseded by data storage methods with much greater capacity, such as USB flash drives, portable external hard disk drives, optical discs, memory storage cards and computer networks.


Floppy disk sections
Intro   History    Design    Sizes    See also    References    Bibliography    External links   

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