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It is called diskette to an element that allows store digital data . Also know as floppy disk , floppy disk or floppy disk , consists of a magnetic disk protected by a rectangular or square plastic cover.

Decades ago, floppy disks were the most widely used storage media in computers (computers ). They were not only used to store information (office documents, photographs, software, etc.), but also to transfer it from one computer to another.

In this context, computers used to have a floppy drive : a unit that allowed writing (recording) and reading floppy disks. Therefore, a person could insert a floppy disk into the disk drive and copy documents stored in it. hard disk (HDD ). Then, said floppy disk could be moved to other computers, provided they were equipped with the corresponding disk drive.

The 5¼ inch floppy disks They were the first floppy disks that managed to become massive. These diskettes had a storage capacity of 1.2 MB . With the weather , the 3½ inch floppy disks , smaller in terms of physical size but with greater storage capacity: 1.44 MB .

Several reasons caused that, with the passing of the years, the diskettes were in disuse. The main one: its low capacity compared to that offered by more advanced technologies. The CD ROM , where you can save up to 700 MB of information, they soon surpassed them. Then other options were added, such as cloud storage and the memoirs USB .

Floppy disks, on the other hand, used to be easily damaged, either by the proximity of a magnetic field outside or by the accumulation of dirt. Storage media that emerged later are generally more resistant .

One of the peculiarities of floppy disks that has no relation to its technology is that not all Spanish-speaking people called him in the same way, largely because it is a term of foreign origin that was not used in the same way transliterated in all regions. For example, there were those who called them "floppy disks", a term that pronounced / diskets /, but also those who called them" floppy disks "or, simply," disks. "

As with other technological inventions, such as video game consoles and older computers, not everyone has forgotten the existence of floppy disks, but, on the contrary, there are many people who still continue to use them for reasons from nostalgia . Since many of the classic programs and games were stored in this medium, collectors cannot resist using them as they were sold at the time.

Needless to say, if it was difficult at the time to keep a floppy disk in good condition and safe from magnetic fields, its care today can be especially laborious since its original disadvantages adds to the fact that they were manufactured several decades ago . However, this does not stop lovers of "retro ", and that's why the floppy disk is still alive in thousands of shelves and drawers, along with one- and two-button mice, with dot matrix printers and tube monitors.

One of the most striking features of floppy disks is that they have a mechanism for security which allows the user to protect the content against rewriting or accidental deletion. It is not an inviolable or password dependent technique; on the contrary, on one of the faces of the disc there is a small latch that can be moved in two directions, one to allow writing and the other to prohibit it. This is simply for the user and for trusted people, but it is not valid for malicious use.

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