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Floppy Disk Drives

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Floppy Disk Drives

You're lucky (Ed.: uh, or not) to find a new PC with a built-in 3.5-inch floppy disk drive. For a long time they were standard, with popular PC games and programs spanning massive numbers of disks and eating up more than an hour to install.

When released, Windows 3.1 consisted of six 3.5-inch floppy disks. Windows 95 was significantly larger, loaded on a set of thirteen special Distribution Media Format floppies that were formatted to hold more than the standard 1.44 MB capacity. The big installation hog had to be Windows NT 3.1, which was packed in a set of twenty-two floppies.

Obviously, installing programs was somewhat of a pain. It was time-consuming, and sometimes floppy disks decided to play nasty, refusing to save or load data. Strangely enough, some of us still miss the format.

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