Floppy Disk

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A data storage device that is composed of a circular piece of thin, flexible (i.e. “floppy”) magnetic storage medium encased in a square or rectangular plastic wallet.

Floppy disks are read and written by a floppy disk drive or FDD. Unlike most hard disks, floppy disks (often called floppies or diskettes) are portable, because you can remove them from a disk drive.


Floppy disks are slower to access than hard disks and have less storage capacity.  The 3.5″ floppy can hold on 1.4Mb of data, compared to 700Mb on a CD, 4.3Gb on a DVD, and 7.8Gb on a DVD Dual Layer.  Floppies are a legacy media, and are rarely found in use.

Synonyms:

diskette

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