Hewlett-Packard has published a well-written article by Steven Vaughan-Nichols called The History of the Floppy Disk.  Vaughan-Nichols goes all the way back to the format’s invention by IBM engineer David L. Noble, who was assigned by Alan Shugart to develop, “a reliable and inexpensive system for loading microcode into the IBM System/370 mainframes using a process called Initial Control Program Load (ICPL).”  This project led to the invention of the 8” floppy disk.  Vaughan-Nichols follows the evolution of the format to the present day, and along the way credits the Apple II with making the floppy disk a success.

Read the whole article here.

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