The Quiz: How did IBM’s “memory disk” earn the nickname “floppy disk”?
The first versions melted
They were made from rubber
The original disks were bendy
It was the inventor’s dog’s name
Although they’re obsolete today, floppy disks were once a very important method of storage for computers. IBM introduced them in 1971, calling them “memory disks.” The mechanism featured an inner disk surrounded by a square casing. The earliest versions were 8 inches wide and featured a flexible plastic disk with a magnetic coating. These original disks didn’t hold very much data — the first Shugart floppy had a capacity of 100 KB.
The correct answer to this quiz is The original disks were bendy.