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  • adj. Using a combination of magnetic and optical technology.
  • n. A floptical disk.


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Blend of floppy ("floppy disk, a magnetic data storage device") and optical.


  • No the 20Mb ones were called floptical (a combination of floppy and optical).


  • Insight Peripherals introduced the first "floptical" drive in 1992.


  • Internet fern bar, humanoid squids, 88-gigabyte floptical kids.

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  • The key to the floptical drive's high capacity was its hybrid "floppy-optical" system, which combined traditional magnetic media with laser-based head tracking for more-precise writes, resulting in more tracks (and more storage) per disk.


  • In the late 1990s, two new backward-compatible floptical formats -- the


  • Also, the Iomega Bournoulli drives, floptical drives (came standard on SGI Indy's)

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  • The drives themselves read both floptical disks and 1.44 floppies, and came in 3 varieties



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  • Floptical refers to a type ofdisk drive that combines magnetic and optical technologies to store large amounts of data on media similar to 3½-inch floppy disks. The name is a portmanteau of the words 'floppy' and 'optical'.

    It refers specifically to one brand of drive, but is also used more generically to refer to any system using similar techniques.

    The original floptical technology was introduced late in 1991 by Insite Peripherals, a venture funded company set up by Jim Adkisson, one of the key engineers behind the original 5¼-inch floppy disk drive development at Shugart Associates in 1976. The main shareholders were Maxell, Iomega and 3M. ~Wikipedia

    January 19, 2009