###### Asked in Floppy Disk Drives

Floppy Disk Drives

# Can you insert floppy both side in diskette?

## Answer

###### Wiki User

###### January 08, 2009 5:03PM

No. A floppy is designed to be inserted in only one way. Inserting it upside-down, backwards, or sideways can cause damage to both the disk and the drive.

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In their basic form, floppy discs are common hard disks are the
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They both use a spinning platter read by a horizontally moving read
head.
The key differences are that hard disks have the data and reader
in the same package, this is why hard discs have evolved in storage
capacity while floppy disks remained the same. It was necessary for
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and dimensions as they had to be compatible with floppy disk
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### What are similarities of a floppy disk and a hard disk?

In their basic form, floppy discs are common hard disks are the
same technology. They both use magnetism to store and read data.
They both use a spinning platter read by a horizontally moving read
head.
The key differences are that hard disks have the data and reader
in the same package, this is why hard discs have evolved in storage
capacity while floppy disks remained the same. It was necessary for
the written layer of a floppy disk to have the same data density
and dimensions as they had to be compatible with floppy disk
drives. However with hard discs the drives and read heads could
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### How many sectors are there in a 3 12 inch high-density floppy disk?

For a standard IBM formatted double sided, high density 3.5"
floppy diskette, the following properties apply:
Data is recorded on two sides of the disk
Each side has 80 tracks
Each track has 18 sectors
Each sector holds 512 bytes (0.5 KB)
So each floppy disk holds 2880 sectors (2 * 80 * 18), which total
to 1440 KB.
While often labeled as 1.44MB, this is not an accurate statement of
a floppy disk's capacity. This is due to the confusion between
binary and decimal, where K can be 1,024 or 1,000 and M can be
1,048,576 or 1,000,000.
If calculated completely in binary, a floppy would hold 1.40625 MB,
while if calculated completely in decimal, it would hold 1.47456
MB. Obviously marketing wouldn't like to use either of these
numbers!
But by doing the first half of the calculation in binary (getting
1440 KB), and then treating that as a decimal number and
incorrectly converting it to 1.44 MB, you get an easy to read
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### How many tracks are in a floppy disk?

For a standard IBM formatted double sided, high density 3.5"
floppy diskette, the following properties apply:
Data is recorded on two sides of the disk
Each side has 80 tracks
Each track has 18 sectors
Each sector holds 512 bytes (0.5 KB)
So each floppy disk holds 2880 sectors (2 * 80 * 18), which total
to 1440 KB.
While often labeled as 1.44MB, this is not an accurate statement of
a floppy disk's capacity. This is due to the confusion between
binary and decimal, where K can be 1,024 or 1,000 and M can be
1,048,576 or 1,000,000.
If calculated completely in binary, a floppy would hold 1.40625 MB,
while if calculated completely in decimal, it would hold 1.47456
MB. Obviously marketing wouldn't like to use either of these
numbers!
But by doing the first half of the calculation in binary (getting
1440 KB), and then treating that as a decimal number and
incorrectly converting it to 1.44 MB, you get an easy to read
number.

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