Floppy Disk History: The Evolution of Personal Computing

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In the mid-70s I heard about floppy drives, but they were expensive, exotic equipment. I didn’t know that IBM had decided as early as 1967 that tape drives, while fine for backups, simply weren’t good enough to load software on mainframes. So it was that Alan Shugart assigned David L. Noble to lead the development of “a reliable and inexpensive system for loading microcode into IBM System/370 mainframes” using a process called Initial Control Program Load (ICPL).

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