Farewell floppy disk

The BBC reports that PCWorld will no longer sell floppy disks when existing stocks run out.  It’s not surprising.  In recent years, several PC manufacturers have stopped including floppy disk drives, including Dell and HP.

As the price of storage has dropped, USB has become standard on all machines, and online storage has become more common, the death of the floppy drive was to be expected.  Besides, 1.4mb isn’t even enough space to hold Firefox.

Then there’s the fact that pre-vista versions of Windows being installed on machines utilising RAID need to get their drivers via floppy disk.  This caused a huge headache a little while ago, when I had to reinstall Windows on a Dell PowerEdge server.

Nevertheless, it’s good to see the end of this antiquated technology. RIP, FDD.

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