First introduced in 1971, floppy disks are transportable magnetic computer disks common until the early 21st century. After seeing them in his History of Technology class, James T. Kirk would note that the basic design: a colored protective case surrounding the sensitive storage medium, remained in use long after the disks themselves were phased out. (TOS short story: "A Test of Character").
|Types of computer storage|
|Portable media||Compact disc • Data card • Data record • Flash drive • Floppy disk • Isolinear chip • Isolinear rod • Memory unit • Microtape • Optolythic data rod|