Storage

How Many Floppy Disks Would It Take To Equal 1 Gigabyte?

 

In the late 70’s, the capacity of the typical 5.25-inch floppy disk was a mere 110 KB. These disks were common for the early word processing machines and early CP/M computers.

To equal 1 Gigabyte, you would need 9,532 110 KB floppy disks. As you can see, this is quite an impressive stack next to our 6-foot tall perspective man.

(Keep in mind that rather than including fractions of a disk, I am rounding off to the ones place when counting the number of disks.)  

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By Greg Shultz

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.