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PC World to end floppy disk storage sales.

TELECOMWORLDWIRE-1 February 2007-PC World to end floppy disk storage sales(C)1994-2007 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD

Computer retailer PC World has revealed that it will no longer sell floppy disk storage devices once its current stock is sold.

The company said only 2% of the PCs and laptops it sells at present include a floppy disk drive and confirmed these will be phased out by this summer. It claimed the disks are not able to compete with new storage systems and the demand for devices able to hold more than the 1.44MB of data like a standard 'floppy' can.

Apple was the first to remove floppy disk drives from its computers when the iMac was introduced in 1998, with Dell removing them from its higher spec computers in 2003. Some 2bn floppy disks were sold in 1998, compared to around 700m last year.

IBM was the first to introduce the 8" floppy disk in 1971, with a 5.25" disk released in 1976 by Wang Laboratories, developed by Alan Shugart, and a 3.5" version introduced by Sony in 1981. said the end of floppy disks could cause problems for those with data stored on them, but claimed some shops will enable data to be transferred to a new storage format.

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