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Chapter 1. Hardware Basics for the Absol... > Diskette Drives: Portable Storage

Diskette Drives: Portable Storage

Along with a hard disk drive, most computers have a removable disk drive. Removable disks—often called floppy disks or diskettes—work much like hard disks except that they consist of thin sheets of a magnetic-tape–like material instead of hard metallic platters.

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Many new PCs are coming without floppy drives standard. I guess the PC manufacturers figure you'll do all your file transferring over a network, via e-mail, or with recordable CD-ROM disks.



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