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floppy disk

noun
1.
Computers. a thin plastic disk coated with magnetic material, on which computer data and programs can be stored for later retrieval.
Also, floppydisk.
Also called floppy, diskette, flexible disk, magnetic disk.
Origin
1970-1975
1970-75; called floppy from the fact that the earliest disks are ‘flexible’, though the later (3.5 inch) disks have a rigid plastic case
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floppy disk

noun
1.
a flexible removable magnetic disk that stores information and can be used to store data for use in a microprocessor Also called diskette, flexible disk
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floppy disk in Science
floppy disk
  (flŏp'pē)   
A flexible plastic disk coated with magnetic material and covered by a protective jacket, used for storing data. Floppy disks were once the principal storage medium for personal computers, but inexpensive hard disks and writable compact disks have greatly diminished their role.
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floppy disk in Technology
hardware, storage
(Or "floppy", "diskette") A small, portable plastic disk coated in a magnetisable substance used for storing computer data, readable by a computer with a floppy disk drive. The physical size of disks has shrunk from the early 8 inch, to 5 1/4 inch ("minifloppy") to 3 1/2 inch ("microfloppy") while the data capacity has risen.
These disks are known as "floppy" disks (or diskettes) because the disk is flexible and the read/write head is in physical contact with the surface of the disk in contrast to "hard disks" (or winchesters) which are rigid and rely on a small fixed gap between the disk surface and the heads. Floppies may be either single-sided or double-sided.
3.5 inch floppies are less floppy than the larger disks because they come in a stiff plastic "envelope" or case, hence the alternative names "stiffy" or "crunchy" sometimes used to distinguish them from the floppier kind.
The following formats are used on IBM PCs and elsewhere:
Capacity Density Width 360K double 5.25" 720K double 3.5" 1.2M high 5.25" 1.44M high 3.5"
Double denisty and high density are usually abbreviated DD and HD. HD 3.5 inch disks have a second hole in the envelope and an overlapping "HD" logo.
(1996-08-23)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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