A disk is a circular element which allows to register certain data. Flexible , on the other hand, is that which can be easily folded (and which, therefore, is not totally rigid).
The idea of floppy disk refers to a support which is used to store information . It is a magnetic circular sheet which is protected with a rectangular or square cover of plastic .
Also known as floppy disks , floppy disks or Floppy , floppy disks were widely used in computers (computers) to save and move digital files. These discs were inserted into the computer through a floppy drive , a device used to read and write (record) floppy disks.
The first flexible disks that reached popularity were the disks of 5¼ inch with a capacity storage of 1.2 MB , emerged in the mid-1980s. Some years later the 3½ inch floppy disks with capacity of 1.44 MB .
On these floppy disks it was possible to store office documents, photographs, computer programs and games, for example. In some cases, the file was divided into several disks. From XXI century , floppy disks fell into disuse for the development of more advanced technologies, such as CD ROM , he DVD , he Blu-ray , the USB sticks and the online storage , among other.
Low storage capacity (1.44 MB of a 3½-inch floppy disk versus 700 MB of a CD or more than 4 GB of a DVD, which doubles if it is recorded in two layers, without entering the tens from gigabytes that can house Blu-rays) and the short service life for action of wear made flexible disks obsolete objects. In fact, for several years, computers that are sold no longer include a floppy drive.
We must place ourselves in the historical context to understand the impact of the flexible disk in the market, more specifically in users who from one day to the other received the possibility of carrying their documents in their pocket and programs . At a time when there was still no Internet and computers were very large and heavy, it was not a good idea to take them from home to the office, or to our friends' homes to show them our creations, for example.
While there were others media storage, such as punch cards, handling and maintenance were much more complicated and delicate processes: the machine itself in charge of ordering the cards could fail unexpectedly and destroy them in a blink. One of the extra advantages of the floppy disk was the presence of a small latch that served to prevent someone from deleting or overwriting the files by mistake.
The fact that today's computers do not include floppy disk readers does not mean that nobody uses them. As in all areas, the computing It has a certain tradition-loving audience, which lives in a very particular way its relationship with programs and devices today considered "classic", and that prevents them from leaving behind these storage disks, however difficult it is to keep them.
The video game they are a young art form, but they have had a very intense history: from their appearance in the recreational rooms during the 70s to the present, they have gone through an unequaled technological evolution, which has led them from the graphics based on pixels to the sophisticated three-dimensional images we see every day, whose fidelity brings them closer and closer to reality. Given the characteristics of the first titles, it was possible to store them in one or more floppy disks, and purists are not willing to betray this format for comfort reasons.