Removable Storage Media

At one time, every computer came with a floppy drive, but those drives are becoming less common and are no longer being provided as standard equipment with many new computers. Some sysadmins remove them because they can be used as a means of penetrating system security. (Remember that physical access to a machine means that it is insecure; a floppy drive provides a way to bypass the system administrator to load and run malicious programs.) Many modern laptops do not provide floppy drives except as an option.

Floppy drives are cheap and disposable solutions for making simple, quick backups of a few files by the user, but the media are easily damaged, lost, and accidentally overwritten. They also unexpectedly fail at times. Floppies now represent the low-rent district for data storage.

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