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8 technology revolutions that are now relics

By: WomansDay .com on Nov. 22, 2010, 6:25 p.m.
Floppy disks

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Floppy disk

As the first portable storage device for personal computers, the floppy disk revolutionized home technology. It was hugely popular, becoming a fixture for tech-savvy Americans throughout the 1980s and 1990s. But then, as rewritable CDs, thumb drives and zip drives surfaced, the floppy disk — and its limited storage space — became less and less useful. Between the early ’70s and 2000s, manufacturers tried to make the disks more appealing for users, going from a disk that was 8 inches with a 1.5-megabyte capacity to 3 1/2 inches with 150–200 megabyte capacity. Despite the advancements, it wasn’t enough. Apple removed the floppy disk drive from its iMac in 1998 and Dell followed suit in 2003, officially rendering the disks outdated.