Computers: How to Save a Sloppy Floppy

How to Save a Sloppy Floppy

Spilled milk may be worth crying about in at least one instance: when the stuff happens to land on a floppy disk. These sensitive magnetic devices, which carry the software and data used in personal computers, can be rendered useless by a tiny amounts of errant dust or goo. When that happens, the user's work is lost. The problem inspired Polaroid, a new contender in the nearly $1 billion market for floppies, to make the bold claim last March that it could bring any of its damaged disks back to life for no charge. Last week the company boasted that its...

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