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The Industries That Still Use Floppy Disks

The 3.5-inch floppy lives on.

The 3.5-inch floppy disk was once a primary memory storage device but it has largely been displaced by higher capacity and cloud-based options.

However, there are still some major industries that continue to rely on floppy disks to move data around.

Eye on Design recently spoke with Floppydisk.com Founder Tom Persky, who calls himself β€œthe last man standing in the floppy disk business.”

He said he sells lots of floppy disks to consumers but that his biggest customers are industrial users.

Persky said the airlines still use floppy disks in avionics for fleets that have been up and running for decades.

He also said there is still medical equipment that requires floppy disks to extract patient and research data.

But he said the biggest industry still using older storage tech is embroidery, where there are thousands of machines that need floppy disks.

β€œThere are even some industrial companies that still use Sony Mavica cameras to take photographs,” Persky told the publication.

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