A floppy disk coated with a magnetic storage medium that allows the data to be stored in series of concentric tracks. Floppy disks are commonly found in two sizes 5.25" and 3.5".
A form of portable data storage - an electronic briefcase. The standard floppy disk is now the hard cased 3.5" disk which is neither floppy nor disk-shaped (until you crack it open). Previously, there was the 5" floppy that was cased in paper. Floppies most often fit into the A: or B: drive in the front of your computer. (The C: drive is the internal hard disk and the D: drive is now commonly the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive). There are two drive letters allocated to the floppy because for a while computers had drives for both the 5" (A:) and the 3.5" (B:) disks before the latter became standard.
storage: A round piece of plastic with magnetic stuff in it where you store information you want to keep around after you turn the computer off. Standard Mac floppy disks have a hard plastic cover with a sliding metal door (for use by the computer--not you), these are also called 3.5" floppies to distinguish them from 5.25" floppies used by the old Apple II series and IBM-type computers. Regular Mac floppies can hold 800 kilobytes (the original standard was 400 kilobytes). The FDHD, or SuperDrive, floppy drive in Macs made since the later SE's can handle the older Mac disks and newer ones that hold 1.44 megabytes and can even read 3.5" DOS disks.
A thin portable disk used to store digital data.
A flexible magnetic media with a typical capacity of 1.44 MB.
see ' Disk'.
a small, removable magnetic disk (PC - Floppy drive is drive a:/)
A portable disk for storing information with a capacity of 1.44 MB. Floppy disks are cheap and convenient but extremely unreliable and at the University of Kent, other storage media such as USB memory sticks or CD ROMs are recommended. If floppies are used, backups of work should be kept in the home folder.
Usually 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches, these are memory disks which store data. They are inserted into the Floppy Disk Drive in your CPU. They include a tab which can be flipped to enable a prevent-erase. Unlike CD-ROMS, floppy disks can be read from and written to as well.
A plastic disk coated with magnetic material and covered by a protective jacket, used primarily by computers to store data magnetically. Also called diskette.
A disk memory based on interchangeable, flexible plastic disks, usually with a moveable head able to access many read/write tracks.
Nowadays, if you're talking about a floppy disk, chances are it's of the 3-1/2" "double-sided/high-density" variety. Floppies can be used with some digital cameras, such as Sony's Mavica line, to store photographs. Floppy disks are both inexpensive and easy to find — plus, most PCs have a floppy disk drive (although some laptops and new PCs require the addition of an external floppy drive). However, floppies hold much less information than most types of flash memory (only 1.44 MB); plus, floppy drives read and write information more slowly than flash memory drives, readers, and devices.
A portable data storage device. They are slow and hold little data compared to hard drives, but make up for this in their low cost and widely portable nature. The most common formats are 3.5", 5.25", and ZIP disks.
A flexible plastic disk on which data is electromagnetically imprinted and stored. Floppy disks can be inserted into and removed from a floppy disk drive.
A small disk media used to store computer information, files, etc. Make sure to save your work on floppy disks before you leave the PC labs.
Flexible plastic disk coated with a magnetic material, upon which computer programs and data may be stored. Usually from 3 to 8 inches in diameter.
A data storage medium used with a personal computer. Current floppy disks can store up to 1.44 MB of data and are usually 3 1/2 inches in size. Older floppy disks were 5 and Â1/4 inches. Also spelled as floppy disc.
3 1/2 inch diskette. Holds 1.44 MB of information, or 800k for older disks. Short lifespan, small space, but very handy when you need to get a copy of your file to your boss. Protect from Dust
A soft, flat disk of plastic with metal oxide coating that is used to magnetically store digital data. Maximum storage capacity is about 1-2 megabytes.
A disk that is used to store and maintain files not stored on the computer's harddisk. Floppy disks are often used to backup important data files. However, the major draw back of floppy disks is the low data capacity (currently only 1.44 Megabytes) which makes any large scale backups or storing large files impossible or a major hassle. Floppy disks are also called diskettes. Table of Contents
A reusable, portable storage device that generally holds 1.4 megabytes of data. Floppy disks, sometimes called flexible disks or diskettes, were the primary method of software and data distribution beginning in the 1970s. They were originally eight inches wide and enclosed in a flexible envelope; a 5.25-inch version was later introduced, and finally a 3.5-inch floppy disk encased in rigid plastic became the standard. CD-ROMs have become a popular alternative to floppy disks, especially for larger software and multimedia files, given their higher storage capacity. As network speeds have increased and Internet access has expanded, more software and data are now transmitted directly rather than stored.
A removable data storage medium; a magnetically coated flexible circle of mylar plastic.
The principal auxiliary storage medium used with personal computers
A 3.5" square holding a flexible magnetic disc that holds information or data. You need a floppy drive (usually called an A: drive) to read the floppy. Can hold 1.44 megabytes.
A magnetic disk that is used to store data. They come in 3.5 & 5.25 inch diameter variants. Floppy disks are often used to transfer file s from one PC to another or to backup important files.
Also called a diskette, a floppy disk is the magnetic storage medium used to store and transfer data, usually between personal computers that are not networked
A small plastic magnetic disk enclosed in a stiff envelope with a radial slit, used to store data or programs for a microcomputer.
A floppy disk is a thin piece of magnetically coated mylar enclosed in a plastic jacket. Modern floppies are 3.5 inches in size and hold 1.44 Mb of data. Such a disk is capable of storing approximately 1.4 million characters, or about 3,000 pages of information. This may sound like a lot, but it fills up surprisingly fast, especially if you have included graphics in your documents.
A portable computer disk used for transferring information from one computer to another. Type and Artwork can be stored and transferred on a floppy disk. There are different formats. Be sure to tell your printer you are using a Macintosh disk or a PC disk, and what program you used to "build" your info. Also "Syquest Disks" are used for color photos and color separations which hold a lot more information than a 3.5" floppy.
A removable storage medium where a flexible disk coated in magnetic oxide is housed in a rigid or semi-rigid container. The original floppy disks were contained in a square cardboard container about 8 inches across, and these were followed by a similar design but 5.25 inch disks across. Today most floppy disks use a 3.5inch almost square plastic cartridge, that use a small metal slide to cover the exposed disk, although the original DSSD disks have been superceded by DSDD and DSHD disks which store more data.
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Also called a diskette, this storage media is characterized by a flexible disk which is used to store data. This flexible disk may be enclosed in a rigid package, but should not be confused with a hard disk. Generally these disks have small capacities (1.2 or 1.44MB is typical).
One of many secondary storage devices, in the form of a flat, circular flexible disk onto which data can be stored in a magnetic form.
A portable magnetic storage medium for computer data. Floppy disks typically hold 1.44 MB of information.
A magnetic disk for storing information electronically. The original floppy disk was floppy because it was thin and five inches wide. Today's three inch floppies are rigid. They can be removed from a disk drive. Disk drives for floppy disks are called floppy drives. Floppy disks are slower to access than hard disks and have less storage capacity, but they are much less expensive. Typically they are limited to 1.44 megabytes of storage space.
A magnetic disk that can be used to store information. Floppy disks are available in two different sizes, 3Â1/2 inch or 5Â1/4 inch. 3Â1/2 inchÂ disk drives are more common, with the older 5Â1/4 inchÂ disks only being used on very old computers. Floppy disks are slower to access than CD ROMs or computer hard drives, and cannot store much information. The floppy disk is so called because the older 5Â1/4 inch disksÂ were quite soft.
A removable computer device for storing data.
Made from a flexible plastic which is coated on each side with a thin layer of magnetic-sensitive material. By changing the magnetic properties of small portions of material, it is possible to represent data. Floppies are usually 3.5-inch, and vary in storage capacity.
A round piece of flexible plastic film coated with ferric oxide particles that can hold a magnetic field. When placed inside a disk drive, the floppy disk rotates to bring different areas, or sectors, of the disk surface under the drive's read/write head, which can detect and alter the orientation of the particles' magnetic fields to represent binary 1s and 0s. A floppy disk 5.25 inches in diameter is encased in a flexible plastic jacket and has a large hole in the center, which fits around a spindle in the disk drive; such a disk can hold from a few hundred thousand to over one million bytes of data. A 3.5-inch disk encased in rigid plastic is also called a floppy disk or a microfloppy disk. In addition, 8-inch floppy disks were common in DEC and other minicomputer systems.
A portable disk for storing information. They usually have a capacity of 1.44 MB, although other capacities may occasionally be seen. The standard size is enough to store several word-processor or image files. Floppy disks are convenient but vulnerable, so backups should be kept on network drives such as Bodiam.
a circular piece of oxide-coated plastic that stores data as magnetic spots
a circular piece of thin mylar plastic that is coated with an oxide material
a data storage device that comprises a circular piece of thin, flexible (hence "floppy") magnetic storage medium encased in a square or rectangular plastic wallet
a delicate device that must faithfully and accurately record and play back the information stored on its recording media
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an inexpensive method to store small files
a piece of plastic coated in magnetic material and encased in a hard plastic protective case
a portable computer storage device that permits easy handling of data
a product used by your computer for storing information
a removable rotating flexible (or floppy) magnetic storage disk
a single plastic disk covered in a layer of iso-magnetic material
a small plastic disk coated on both sides with magnetic material that can record and store computer data
a small, portable means to store and carry your computer files
a small storage device, generally used to store small amount of data and sent to different computers
a thin flexible plastic disk coated in metal oxide and enclosed in a rigid plastic casing
a type of magnetic disk memory which consists of a flexible disk with a magnetic coating
a type of magnetic media because it uses magnetic patterns to store items
A storage medium for data that you can remove from your computer. It isn't floppy; rather it is hard and doesn't bend. (In earlier days there were floppy disks that were bendable and the name stuck.)
Flexible magnetic disk used to store information. Floppy disks come in 5 1/4- and 8-inch diameters.
A removable disk using flexible magnetic media enclosed in a semi-rigid or rigid plastic case.
A flexible, removable, rotating, magnetic storage medium that is available in two sizes enclosed in an envelope or case. The 5.25" diameter diskette is enclosed in a paper envelope and stores either 360K bytes of data or 1.2 megabytes of data. The 3.5" diameter diskette is enclosed in a plastic case and stores either 720K bytes of data or 1.44 megabytes of data. (7/96)
a flexible magnetic disk used to record and store data (also called a diskette). Usually stores just over a Megabyte of data.
A magnetic, plastic disk enclosed in a hard cover and used to store computer data files. The 3.5" floppy is more commonly used today. It is also referred to as a diskette. Return to .
a mass storage device; a round piece of plastic with a magnetic surface, sealed in a square plastic cover.
A magnetic disk which is used to store data and is often used to transfer files from one PC to another or to backup important files. Once available in 5.25 and 8 inch formats, the outmoded floppy disk is now only commercially used in its hard cased 3.5-inch guise. With a tiny capacity of only 1.4 megabytes, the floppy disk is set to become a medium of the past, having been vastly superseded by the Zip Disk, re-writable CD-RWs and eventually DVD-RWs.
A round shaped piece of magnetic plastic in a protective holder that can be used to store computer files.
Used to store data. Made of flexible plastic and protected by a rigid plastic case.
A low-capacity, removable magnetic disk made of flexible plastic permanently sealed inside a hard plastic cover.
Floppy disks are portable storage devices that you can use to store, backup and transfer your files.
noun small, removable magnetic disc for (permanent) storing of data; diskette
Portable disk that stores information magnetically. You can use a floppy disk to exchange information between computers, or to make a backup of your files. A high density 31/2" floppy disk holds 1.44 Mb of data.
Short for floppy disk drive (FDD), a disk drive that can read and write to floppy disks.
A portable (removable) magnetic secondary storage medium that is also called a diskette
This is a small square-shaped disk that can store information. You can use it to move information from one computer to another, for example, an essay you have typed.
Floppy Disks, often called 3.5" Disks, are a mainstream device for portable and backup storage. They are not reliable and are limited by their 1.4 MB capacity. The successor to the Floppy is the Zip Disk. Zip Disks are growing in popularity, but in the meantime nearly all computers have Floppy Drives.
A reusable storage disc that has a capacity of 500 kB,1.2 MB, or 1.44 MB with sizes of 3.5, 5.25 and 8 inches. Since recordable cds were introduced this medium has become obselete.
Low capacity storage media with soft kernel/base, hence the name floppy. Storage medium for computer files consisting of a magnetic, flexible disk enclosed in a 3 1/2" square plastic case. Floppy disks may be formatted for use on both Macintosh or PC platforms.
A flexible plastic disk that, when inserted into a computer, provides a program instructing a computer what to do with stored data, the data itself, or both.
A flat magnetic disc that records all computer controlled keyboard functions.
(Floppies) Flexible data storage disk encased in a rigid plastic casing for protection. Original floppy disks measured 5.25" in diameter and were covered by a flexible sleeve. Since 1984, all Macs and most PCs have used the more durable 3.5" plastic diskettes. Data is recorded on or removed from disk using the "Diskette Drive" inside the computer. Modern floppies hold 1.44MB data. (Note: Some older Macs and PCs contain diskette drives which are not capable of using high capacity (HD) diskettes and can only access older 800K disks. Mac floppy drives are also referred to as SuperDrives.
Term used to identify either a 3 1/2" or 5 1/4" information storage device that is inserted into the front of your computer when you want to retrive or save infromation.
An external storage device to save, read, and write data. Use 3 1/2 inch floppy disks.
A storage medium for personal computers. 3-1/2" floppy disks are the most commonly available, least expensive and most reliable of all storage devices. Disadvantages are that it is slower and has a maximum storage capacity of only 1.44MB.
A magnetically coated, flexible disk, covered in a plastic case that is used to store data.
a 3 ½ inch disk that you can store files on. It got its name from the old days when it used to be larger, thinner, and floppier. Nowadays, the floppy part is encased in a hard covering, but we still call it the floppy disk. Typically, it is represented by the letter A: and sometimes called the A: drive.
A small portable storage device for data (words, pictures etc). Cheap and easy but does not hold bigger or more complicated files and may be damaged.
A computer disk. Can store text, images and bookmarks up to 1.4 MB.
Reusable magnetic storage medium
A type of diskette containing computerized information.
A plastic disk, encased in a protective cartridge, that holds information you can access with a floppy disk drive.
(FD). A removable, portable magnetic disk on which data and programs can be stored. Also called diskettes, floppies are flexible plastic. The older 5-1/4 inch disks are more flexible; the 3-1/2 inch disks have a hard protective case around them and are the primary size used now.
Any type of disk media which is not rigid. Often it's contained in hard cases, which can lead to confusion in identification. Commonly, the term is used...
A removable disk in a computer fitting into a 3.5" or 5.25" drive.
Also known as a diskette. Originally called floppy disks because they were round and non-rigid, but modern floppies might as well be called rigid squares, as the actual floppy disk is enclosed inside a rigid, almost square protective casing. Most programs used to be released on floppy disks, but modern programs are so large that they are now released on CD ROM instead. Standard floppy disks have a capacity of only 1.44 Megabytes, but a floppy drive is still standard on almost all PCs.
A flexible plastic covered disk (usually 3.5 or 5.25 inches in size) that is inserted into a computer's floppy disk drive and used to transfer or store information. These are also called diskettes.
A removable disk, on which information can be stored and from which it can be retrieved. There are two common varieties of floppy disks, referred to by their size: 5.25 inch and 3.5 inch. The latter is enclosed in a hard plastic shell, but is still a ``floppy'' disk.
A magnetically coated disk you use to store information for a computer.
A plastic disk that stores data, sometimes called a diskette.
a data storage format which can be used in an external disk drive. Diskettes are 3.5 inch with 1.44 MB of storage space and may be used in the A or B drives of computers
Small portable storage medium in which you insert a computer disk on which to save the information. Usually 3.5 inch disk in a rigid plastic case.
A small, portable storage "container" that stores about 1.4 megabytes of information and can be used to transport information from one computer to another. It's like your brain - it can store information
A small, flexible disk carrying a magnetic medium in which digital data is stored for later retrieval and use.
A small rigid square of plastic to store data. Inside the case is a circular magnetic disk.
Useful for storing smaller files to carry to other computers or as a backup - but CDs are better because they have a much greater capacity a floppies' 1.4 MB (see CD). They can hold a number of moderately sized word processing documents or pictures.
A thin case enclosing a magnetic disk that stores a moderate amount of computer data. Needs a floppy disk drive.
A floppy disk is made of a flexible piece of mylar and coated with a material that can be magnetized to store bits of data. Floppy disks come in two sizes and various storage capacities. The two sizes are 5.25@ and 3.5@ and a storage capacity range from 360KB up to 2.88MB. The standard@ sizes and capacities are 5.25@ at 1.2MB and 3.5@ at 1.44MB.
a floppy disk is used to store information that can be removed from the computer. Floppy disks are used to backup computer data and also used to transport day from one computer to another (sneakernet). Floppy disk hold 1.44 MB of data.
A flat disk of plastic covered with a magnetic coating used to record and store computer files. Several types of floppy disks are available.
A floppy disk is a magnetic disk that is used to store data. The most common are the 3.5-inch diameter versions although older computers may have 5.25-inch drives. Floppy disks are a highly portable, but relatively insecure way to store data.
A magnetically coated disk used to store data. Originally much bigger, and really floppy, the common size now is 31/2 inches, in a fairly rigid plastic case.
A portable magnetic storage medium for computer data that allows users to randomly access information.
disk made of a flexible, magnetic material that can be easily removed and taken away by the user of the computer. The magnetic material is kept permanently inside a protective, plastic cover and should not be touched. It is slower and has less capacity than a typical hard disk. If a computer has one floppy disk drive, it is called Drive A:. If there are two floppy disk drives, they are called A: and B:.
Flexible, Mylar-encased, removable magnetic media. Floppy disks are used in your computer's floppy disk drive (located on the front of the computer).
A portable storage device that stores information on a thin, flexible disk. The disk is coated with a magnetic material. The information is stored on the disk as a series of magnetic signals using a disk drive. The flexible disk is protected from grubby fingers in a rigid plastic case with a sliding window on one side to allow the disk drive access to the surface of the disk. There are two standard sizes of floppy disk: the larger 5.25in disk can store 1.2Mb of data and is now pretty much obsolete. The more robust and smaller 3.5in disk can store 1.44Mb of data and disk drives of the size are fitted to almost every new PC
A portable, soft magnetic disk. The name is somewhat of a misnomer nowadays, as most floppies are encased in a hard plastic envelope. Standard size is 31/2 inches, and they can store from 400K to 1.4MB of data.
The standard 3.5 inch portable computer disk, able to hold up to 1.4MB of data. Gamma The tonal range of an image.
A 3.5in storage device which can hold up to 1.44Mb of data. Found in most older computers.
A disk made of flexible plastic that stores computer data. The 3.5-inch disk used in Macintosh floppy disk drives are floppy disks housed in rigid plastic shells for support and protection. Floppy disks come in four types: high-density (1.4MB capacity, 3.5"), double-sided (800 K capacity, 3.5"), single sided (400 K capacity, 3.5"), and 5.25" single or double sided.
A floppy disk is a small removable magnetic disk used for archiving and transferring computer data.
A removable storage medium that is used in conjunction with a floppy drive, usually 5.25-inch or 3.5-inch in size.
Typically, a removable computer storage medium consisting of a thin flexible plastic disk, coated with a magnetic material on both sides. The most common type, a 3.5-inch, is protected by a hard plastic case.
A flexible disk. Most common sizes are 5 1/4 inch and 3 1/2 inch.
a removable storage device, usually one flat disk enclosed in a case; used to store small amounts of information
disk which is covered with protective packaging and can be removed from its drive. Currently, floppy disks are generally 3.5 inches wide. The protective covering on 3.5"_disks_is_hard plastics_prompting_some_to_think_that_these_are_hard_disks_but_they are_not.__The_media_inside_is_the_same_floppy_material_as_that_inside the_older_5.25" disks. Floppy disks also come in different densities and care must be taken to use a disk of appropriate density or data may be lost from the disk. Floppy disks are noted for their relatively slow speed, small capacity, and low price.
This is an inexpensive, removable disk that has a much lower capacity and speed than a hard disk. Its capacity can be measured in kilobytes or megabytes.
A soft magnetic disk. It is called floppy because it flops if you wave it (at least, the 51/4-inch variety does). Disk drives for floppy disks are called floppy drives. Floppy disks are slower to access than hard disks and have less storage capacity, but they are much less expensive.
a flexible magnetic disk used to record text or store programs. also called a diskette.
A thin portable plastic disk usually 3.5" in diameter on which electronic files can be recorded. Typically holds over I Megabyte of data.
A secondary data-storage device consisting of a thin flexible magnetic disk covered by a semirigid protective jacket.
A magnetic storage disk. It is called floppy because the early 5 ¼" ones "flopped" if you waved them (though the later 3½" versions are stiff). Unlike most hard disks, floppy disks (often called floppies or diskettes) are portable, because you can remove them from a disk drive. Due to their limited storage capacity (1.4 Mb), they have now been superceeded by superior CD & DVD file storage capacity. Though not much larger physically, a DVD can store at least 3,000 times more data than a floppy.
a small, removable disk used to store data; for the Mac, comes in DD (Double Density—800K) and HD (High Density—1.4M) formats (not supported by PowerMacs or OS 8 and above)
a type of computer storage medium, capable of storing up to 2 MB of data. Most commonly available in 3.5 inch size.
a low-cost removable diskette used with floppy drives. The 5.25" variety was once prevalent, but now most drives use 3.5" diskettes. Even though the plastic shell of a diskette is hard, the internal medium is flexible, hence the name "floppy". See hard drive.
Another name for a diskette.
A small black plastic disk people use to save files on. Most people now use CD-R's to save their files to, as they have a much higher storage capacity.
A small, portable plastic disk coated in a magnetisable substance used for storing computer data, readable by a computer with a floppy disk drive.
A thin, flexible plastic disk which has been coated with iron oxide, capable of storing computer data as a magnetic pattern. Almost all programs are sold on floppy disks, which are also used as a convenient way of swapping data between computers.
Flexible magnetic disk used for mass storage. Flux Density The number of line of force per unit area in a magnetic field.
A flexible magnetic disk, enclosed in a plastic jacket, used by computers to store information. They come in a 3.5" size and an older 5 1/4" size which is now almost obsolete. While the 3.5" diskettes are encased in a hard plastic case, they are still considered "floppy" disks because the magnetic medium inside is flexible.
Removable disk that stores small amounts of information, usually 1.44Mb. Floppy disks can only be used in machines that have floppy disk drives.
Used for storing programs and files. In this guide, the term floppy disk refers to 3.5-inch disks.
Portable, inexpensive storage medium that consists of a thin, circular, flexible plastic disk with a magnetic coating enclosed in a square-shaped plastic shell. Also called diskette. 1.7, 7.4, 7.6- capacity of, 7.5, 7, 8 formatting, 8.15 viruses and, 3.4, 12.5
A flexible removable magnetic disk, typically encased in hard plastic, used for storing data. Also called diskette. Mostly defunct now in favour of flash based, or hard drive storage. Form When used on a website a form may be used to capture data, or send an enquiry over the Internet. Typically the recipient of the form will receive an e-mail with the data completed by the user. For example a contact form may be used on a website.
A floppy disk is a data storage device that is composed of a disk of thin, flexible ("floppy") magnetic storage medium encased in a square or rectangular plastic shell. Floppy disks are read and written by a floppy disk drive or FDD, the latter initialism not to be confused with "fixed disk drive", which is an old IBM term for a hard disk drive.