Types of floppy disk

A floppy disk is basically a computer component that has designed to read as well as write to the floppy disk that was used for removable storage. The most popular type of floppy disk drive is the 3 and 1/2 inch drive which nowadays limited use for today. The first floppy disk that came in the market were in 8 inches in diameter. This disk was protected by a flexible plastic jacket. An 8-inch disk back in the late 1970s could store data in 1 MB. In 1980 the 3.5-inch floppy or called micro floppy came on the market and this type became the dominant storage medium for personal computers for many years. 

Floppy disk was quite vulnerable. This disk is medium was very sensitive to dust, heat, and moisture. As we know that the flexible plastic carrier was also not very sturdy. The hard plastic case of the 3.5-inch floppy disk was presented a substantial improvement in this respect. The most common format of this floppy became the double-sided and high density 1.44 MB disk drive.

Nowadays floppy disk drive has been replaced by other types of such that DVD drives, CD drives as well as USB flash drives. They are many different types of floppy disk drives that have come and gone over the years.


According to the size, the floppy disk is generally called into two:

  • 3.5-inch diskette
  • 5.25-inch diskette
  • A normal 3 and 1/2-inch disk can store 1.44 megabytes of data.
  • Zip data - The part of  Zip drives were introduced by the Iomega corporation in the mid-year of -the 1990s. A zip disk was capable of storing 100 megabytes, 250 megabytes, 250 megabytes and even 750 megabytes on a single disk. Zip drives were mainly available as a peripheral that could be added to an existing system.
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