Stringy Floppy was a magnetic tape drive introduction in 1979 by a company called Exatron. It was a faster alternative to cassette tape drives, much to the liking of Radio Shack TRS-80 personal computer users back in the day. Despite its name, it had nothing to do with “strings of text” or “string theory” though people can be confused with its name. The Stringy Floppy was based on a “tape wafer” format, which enabled it to read a continuous-loop cartridge of 1/16″ tape at a much quicker speed than traditional cassette tape drives. However, it’s now an obsolete technology, and most people haven’t heard of it.
FAQs About Stringy Floppy:
What is a Stringy Floppy?
Stringy Floppy was a magnetic tape drive introduced in 1979 by Exatron, faster and more efficient than cassette tape drives.
How does a Stringy Floppy work?
A Stringy Floppy works by reading a continuous-loop cartridge of 1/16″ tape at a faster pace than traditional cassette tape drives.
What was the advantage of a Stringy Floppy over traditional cassette tape drives?
The Stringy Floppy was much faster and more efficient than traditional cassette tape drives.
So, while it is an obsolete technology now, it shows how far we’ve come in computer storage and reminds us how innovative and impressive older technology can be.