How much do 8" Floppies hold?

From: Ward Donald Griffiths III <>
Date: Wed Feb 4 13:53:24 1998

PG Manney wrote:
> I keep an 8" floppy disk in the front of my store to amaze people ("Just
> fold it twice and stick it in your holds a lot!")
> Just how much do (did?) they hold? (I'm sure there were different data
> densities...just a range is all I want!)

If I recall, when IBM first invented the things, they held right about
128k, single sided, single density. By the time I first dealt with them
in the TRS-80 Model 2, they were packing 512k on a single-sided disk.
Later, the Model 16/6000 Xenix systems were packing 1.25M on a double
sided disk. Shortly after that, the format died in favor of 5.25HD.
Ward Griffiths
Dylan:  How many years must some people exist, 
			before they're allowed to be free?
WDG3rd:  If they "must" exist until they're "allowed",
			they'll never be free.
Received on Wed Feb 04 1998 - 13:53:24 GMT

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