machine. Over a few decades they shrunk to fit a terabyte or more in a box the size of a paperback book.

The disks may be removable disks; floppy disks always are, removable hard disks were common on mainframes and minicomputers but less so on microcomputers until the mid 1990s(?) with products like the Zip Drive.

A CD-ROM drive is not usually referred to as a disk drive.

Two common interfaces for disk drives (and other devices) are SCSI and IDE. ST-506 used to be common in microcomputers (in the 1980s?).

Last updated: 1997-04-15

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