posted by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Apr 2010 18:38 UTC
IconInvented by IBM, the death knell sounded by Apple. Sony has announced it is going to cease selling diskettes altogether, with the last bastion being Japan. Sales will be ceased there too, even though Sony still managed to sell 12 million of them there last year. While Memorex and Imation still produce and sell diskettes, this move by Sony surely means it won't take long for the rest of the market to vanish, too.

In case you're wondering - I prefer the term 'diskette' for the 3.5" variants, and reserve the term 'floppy' for the 5.25" and 8" variants, for obvious reasons. Being born in 1984, I have used the 3.5" variant for more than a decade for various purposes - most notably as a medium to install boot loaders onto; poor man's GRUB, if you will. Of course, document storage was its prime purpose. And, I still have my original MS-DOS 6.0 diskettes, as well as the diskettes for Windows 3.0.

Instead of writing a long history of the diskette and floppy, I decided to tear open one of my floppy drives and take some random high-resolution shots of the internals. Why? Well, I had never taken a floppy drive apart before, and was curious. Do I need any other reason?

The spinner mechanism.

The read/write head. Can double as a hyper-advanced paper clip, too.

ZIF is for pussies.

Let's talk memories in the comments, shall we?

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