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Floppy Disk Media and Low-Level Data Structures

Unlike hard disks, which have the recording media integrated into the drive itself--one reason why hard disks are also called "fixed disks"--floppy disks have removable media. Sometimes also called "diskettes", floppy disk media have come a long way in terms of capacity and reliability, and especially price. There was a time when a box of 10 5.25" disks cost $50; now you can get rebate deals at major stores that will end up netting you a box of 50 disks for virtually nothing. This section takes a look at floppy disk media and how it is used by the floppy disk drive.

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