A floppy disk is a disk storage medium that is composed of a disk made from thin and flexible magnetic storage mediums which is sealed in a plastic carrier lined with fabric that removes dust particles. The disks are read and written by a floppy disk drive (FDD).
These disks were widely used throughout the mid 1970s and well into the 2000s as form of data storage and exchange.
Floppy disks came in the following sizes: initially as 8-inch (200 mm), later in 5.25-inch (133 mm), and 3.5-inch (90 mm).
Floppy disks were overtaken by other forms of data storage methods that have greater capacity.
By 2010 it was rare to find computer motherboards that were manufactured with floppy disk drive support due to new data storage technologies.
Such data storage methods that put floppy disks out of the market include: USB flash drives, portable external hard disk drives, optical discs, memory cards, and computer networks.
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