Sony delivers floppy disk's last rites

Tagged: floppy, sony, Computer Hardware, Technology
Source: Cnet - Read the full article
Posted: 6 years 25 weeks ago

The days of the 3.5-inch floppy disk are now officially numbered.

Sony, which boasts 70 percent of the anemic market, announced Friday that it would end Japanese sales of the ancient storage medium in March 2011, according to a report in the Mainichi Daily newspaper.

The 3.5-inch floppy was a ubiquitous and necessary component for storing and transferring files between personal computers for nearly three decades. Sony pioneered the 3.5-inch floppy disk in 1981, eventually replacing the 5.25-inch floppy disk that had previously been the popular storage format.

However, as the size of files and programs grew, the floppy disk was pushed aside by inexpensive and larger-format storage medium. Thanks to the creation of storage methods such as CDs, DVDs, Zip, and USB drives, Sony saw its Japanese sales of floppies decline from a record 47 million disks in fiscal 2002 to 12 million in fiscal 2009.

Most other floppy disk manufacturers had long since pulled out of the market, and Sony itself has already ceased sales to most of its overseas markets.

Certainly the writing had been on the walls for years. With the release of the iMac in 1998, Apple was the first computer maker to take the plunge and eliminate the floppy completely. Dell followed suit in 2003 when it dropped the floppy as standard equipment on one of its Dimension desktops.



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Few years ago we still had to use a floppy drive to flash the bios of a computer. Might need to keep one around for those old systems that need repair.

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wao still talking about floppy i just don't get it the only reason i would use a floppy now days is mostly if i use dos and it would be on a external floppy drive, internal are in my opinion dead

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Why are we still talking about floppy disks??? :|

Don't buy a computer case that has a floppy drive faceplate in it. :)

Edit: Okay, I saw the tape drives in an advertisement, but gee... Look at the prices! $500+1? Sorry I have to laugh at that ad.

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It's about time. With USB flash-drives around we can end the floppy for good.