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Floppy Disks: Because Sometimes, Old School is Cool

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Emory Odom
Contributing Writer

Floppy disks, once the backbone of digital storage, have largely been rendered obsolete by modern technologies. However, a dedicated group of enthusiasts and industries still hold on to these relics of the past. Despite their limited storage capacity and the advent of more efficient alternatives, floppy disks continue to serve niche markets and evoke a sense of nostalgia among users.

Tom Persky, the proprietor of, is a key figure in this niche market. His business thrives on the demand for these outdated storage devices, catering to both collectors and industries that still rely on them for legacy systems. The floppy disk’s journey from cutting-edge technology to a beloved anachronism highlights its unique place in tech history.

Why it matters: Who knew a piece of plastic could spark so much joy? Floppy disks are the vinyl records of the tech world—old-fashioned, beloved, and stubbornly unyielding. While the world races towards cloud storage, these vintage marvels remind us that sometimes, simpler is just more fun.

  • Legacy System Dependence: Many industrial machines, particularly in sectors like manufacturing and transportation, were built around floppy disk technology and continue to rely on them due to the high cost and complexity of upgrading these systems.
  • Nostalgia and Collectibility: Floppy disks hold a special place in the hearts of tech enthusiasts and collectors. The tangible nature and historical significance of these disks make them valuable to those who appreciate vintage technology.
  • Economic Niche: Businesses like thrive by supplying new and unused floppy disks to a steady customer base. This niche market demonstrates that even obsolete technology can maintain economic viability under the right conditions.
  • Cultural Iconography: The floppy disk has transcended its original function to become an icon, often symbolized by the “save” icon in software interfaces. This cultural legacy ensures its continued recognition and relevance.
  • Technological Resilience: Despite being outpaced by superior storage solutions, floppy disks exhibit a form of technological resilience, continuing to operate reliably in environments where newer technologies might fail.

Go Deeper -> Obsolete, but not gone: The people who won’t give up floppy disks – BBC

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