When were floppy disks first developed?
The floppy disk was a revolution in the computer industry when it was developed by IBM in the late 1960s as a reliable and inexpensive method of loading microcode into their System/370 computer.
Nicole Toma-Tolman, The question refers to 8" floppies, these were replaced by 5. 25" floppies , 3.5" floppies, CD-RW, DVD-RW, flash drives and SSDs over the years. The first commercial 3.5' floppy was introduced around 1984, and were largely obsolete by the mid to late 90s.
Nov 27, 2018 5:07AM
Vaguely remember these from the eighties.
Feb 16, 2021 6:34AM
teresab, as per the question, they were not the first floppy disks.
Nov 17, 2020 2:40PM
1967 at an IBM facility in San Jose, CA
Oct 31, 2020 5:40AM
They were a big improvement over the 5 1/2" floppy.
Jul 15, 2020 8:36PM
I went by the picture, which showed what were still called floppy disks. So...although I was going to say the 60's I used the photo and said '90s. Oh, well. This picture gave me the wrong 1000 words!
Jul 9, 2020 10:22AM
the picture were of the hard component of the Floppy disc, in South Africa they were call Stiffy's and the soft were the floppy's and then we also used the Magnetic tape which i think is still being used.
Jun 9, 2020 5:32AM
the floppy disks in the photo came out in the 90's
Apr 25, 2020 8:17AM
Paul de Serres, the early ones were very floppy, thin black card protecting it. The later ones were protected by plastic, but were very floppy inside
Mar 17, 2020 7:37PM
Didn't know they started in thev50s, but knew it was before the 90s. Thought the 80s.
Feb 14, 2020 7:33PM
Worked floppy discs up to 1980s.
Jan 9, 2020 10:20PM
The picture was confusing. Knew it was the 60's.
Dec 31, 2019 3:37AM
Of course it was the 60s, they measured about a foot across and held almost nothing. TGF the ic chip.
Dec 9, 2019 2:21AM
Oct 25, 2019 7:06PM
Very little storage space, but great at the time.
Oct 10, 2019 9:14PM
Eric Fuller, have some. Guess I need to throw them away lol
Aug 25, 2019 3:15AM
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