How Floppy Disk Works

If you have spent any time at all working with a computer, then chances are good that you have used a floppy disk at some point. The floppy disk drive (FDD) was the primary means of adding data to a computer until the CD-ROM drive became popular. In fact, FDDs have been an key component of most personal computers for more than 20 years.

Basically, a floppy disk drive reads and writes data to a small, circular piece of metal-coated plastic similar to audio cassette tape.

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Table of Contents:
Introduction to How a Floppy Disk Drive Works
History of the Floppy Disk Drive
Parts of a Floppy Disk Drive
Writing Data on a Floppy Disk
Floppy Disk Drive Facts