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Floppy Disk Drives

Floppy disks are your computer's smallest and slowest form of long-term storage. Floppy disks provide a simple, convenient way to transfer information, install new software, and back up small amounts of files. Floppy disks are not as important a part of the computer as they were many years ago. This is largely because the floppy disk still holds the same amount it did five years ago, while most users' needs for storage, software installation and backup, have increased ten-fold or more in that period of time. One great advantage floppy drives have is universality: virtually 100% of PCs made in the last 10 years use a standard 1.44 MB floppy drive.

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