The 8-Bit Guy Disc-usses Floppy Drives

Subject: Storage | July 19, 2016 - 01:49 AM |
Tagged: floppy drive, apple, commodore, IBM

This video, about floppy disks, is a little bit longer and in-depth than their previous one about cassette tapes. The 8-Bit Guy and friends (I'm pretty sure they don't call themselves that...) goes through how many tracks each floppy have, how many sectors they have, and how that varies per-manufacturer (including the technical reasons of how and why they are formatted incompatibly).

The 8-Bit Guy likes to go through a bunch of hardware, spanning the gamut of Atari, Commodore, Apple, IBM PC, and others, and explain their history. The most interesting part of this video, to me, was his explanation of why the Commodore floppy drive was so much larger than its competitors, and what it meant for performance.

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July 19, 2016 | 08:26 AM - Posted by Lowice (not verified)

Just love how you share 8-bit guys videos... Keep it up.

July 19, 2016 | 06:41 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

Many of them are very interesting.

July 19, 2016 | 10:51 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Ah yes, back when floppies were actually floppy. I tried installing one of my old 5 1/4 drives into my W7 machine so that I could play my Star Trek 25th Anniversary DOS game, but it didn't work. :( So I bought it from GoG instead. :)

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