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What you need to Know about USB Flash Drives and Floppy Disks or Diskettes

by: Mon Peter I. Damiles | 25 Jun, 2011 20:54:45

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For those who are not familiar with diskettes: diskettes or a floppy disk was the medium of storage from the mid 70’s until the early 2000’s. In this modern era, we are now using the modern type of storage and it is called a “USB flash disk”.  In this article, I’ll be comparing the two devices. I’ll be talking about not just their physical specifications but also their storage capacities.

So, what are the differences of the two devices?

Size – Basically, USB flash drives are smaller compared to diskettes. Diskettes do have 3 forms:  they have the 8 inch, 5.25 inch and the 3.5 inch. Diskettes might be thinner compared to the modern USB but when it comes to portability, USB devices will still be on the top.

Weight – Regarding the weight of the said devices it might be a close fight but again, USB devices are still more portable compared to a diskette. Meaning to say, USB devices are easier to carry compared to an old school diskette. You can even make your USB a keychain or just wear it using an ID lace or a neck strap.

Durability – When it comes to durability, USB devices will surely be the winner. Back then, diskettes must be handled with care because even a single drop can cause the diskette to malfunction. That’s how easy a diskette can break. You must also put your diskettes on a protective case to make sure that it is safe, unlike USB devices; you can even put it inside your pocket and will still be in good condition.

Capacity – This is one of the very best advancement when it comes to the modern storage. A single USB flash disk can even store up to 256GB. Unlike the diskettes, diskettes can only store up to 1.44MB. Just imagine the number of diskettes you need if you want to store a 1GB file.

From my own experience, diskettes was used back then for school. They are used to store files and some mini programs. Diskettes are really not that durable and can really corrupt your precious data in a single drop. With the modern diskette, you can store large amount of files in a single device. This is one of the best advancements in technology. In our present time, we are not using diskettes anymore but we must always remember that without the diskette, we may not have a USB flash disk.


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