Gone But Not Forgotten

A little spring cleaning here turned up an old, indispensable friend – the floppy disk.

Storing and transferring digital information is an ever-evolving process. In the late 1980s computers used both 3.5-inch and 5.25-inch “floppy” disks. But by the mid-1990s, the 5.25-inch version had fallen out of popularity, and we thought we had it made with the 3.5-inch disk!

This format could hold a whopping 1.44 megabytes of data, enough for numerous Aldus Pagemaker files or a compressed high res image or two. A 4-inch-high stack of floppy disks could hold an entire 8-page brochure!

Through the years we’ve transferred data using Zip disks, Jazz disks, opticals, Flopticals, SuperDisks, CDs, DVDs, and thumb/jump drives. Today we have a removable drive roughly the same size of the 1.44 megabyte floppy that holds a terabyte – 1,000,000 megabytes – of data that will fit in your pocket!