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Chapter 10. CDs, DVDs, and iTunes > How the Mac Does Disks

10.1. How the Mac Does Disks

Apple shocked the world when, in 1997, it introduced the iMac without a floppy disk drive—and proceeded to eliminate the floppy drive from all subsequent Mac models in the following years. Apple argues that the floppy disk is dead: It's too small to serve as a backup disk, and, in this day of the Internet, it's a redundant method of exchanging files with other computers.

These days, even Windows PC manufacturers seem to agree the floppy drive is gradually vanishing as standard equipment. So, for that matter, is the Zip disk, the SuperDisk (a high-capacity floppy), and Iomega Peerless drives (a hard drive cartridge system).


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