Floppy disk drives

by Tom h

What is a floppy disk drive?

A floppy disk is a data storage medium that is composed of a disk of thin, flexible "floppy" magnetic storage medium encased in a square or rectangular plastic shell.


What does it do?

A floppy disk drive is like a modern CD drive for floppy diskettes. Back before we had the medium of CD we had many different ways of storing and transporting data. Most of which were not compatible with other systems. There was a punch card read. Then we got the 5 and a half inch floppy, truly floppy. Which consisted of a film like material in side of it that the computer moved data to? Then it got smaller, to the 3.5" diskette. The floppy disk had many compatibility issues. Such as formatting. If I used a floppy in my computer, I would have to format that disk with a file system to be used with my computer. And if you wanted to use it, chances are you would have to have the same operating system as I do. Because different OS have different rules to formatting storage media such as diskettes. But now a day’s Things like thumb drives and Cds and DVDs exist. CD's and DVD movies using the file system UDF and thumb drives using FAT (File Allocation table). A file system is basically a set of rules about files and how they are organized.