Fifty years ago, IBM introduced the first-ever floppy disk drive, the IBM 23FD, and the first floppy disks. Floppies made punched cards obsolete, and its successors ruled software distribution for the next 20 years. Here’s a look at how and why the floppy disk became an icon.
It’s still amazing to me just how quickly they fell out of favour.
Well, the max capacity was 2.88MB for standard 3.5″ floppies, yet required latest drives and disks. The transfer rate was still almost as slow (around 100KB/s). It was at the time of the Floptical (optical tracked floppy disk) that reached something around 21MB (or 120-240MB for the Imation’s SuperDisk) and the magneto-optical drives (starting 128MB and up to 2.6GB).
But you just cannot beat a CD-R and then DVD-R in term of price (not longevity, as floppy disk and magneto-optical disk can still be read nowadays, not sure about CD-R from that era).