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Data Encoding and Decoding

Data encoding is the process of converting binary information (programs and data) into magnetic impulses that can be stored on the magnetic surface of the disk. There are several different ways that this can be done. Floppy disks use the modified frequency modulation (MFM) encoding technique, which is also used for some older hard disks.

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