The IBM engineers who developed the floppy disk never could have dreamed that it would soon become instilled in the fabric of consumers’ lives. It was originally designed for large-scale systems, as a more efficient form factor for IBM’s System/370 mainframe data loads. But soon, the disk’s small size and ever-increasing storage capabilities led to its adoption by smaller systems as well. Usable, durable and flexible, the floppy disk quickly became ubiquitous as the preferred storage medium for the emerging personal computer industry.
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