Yes, there once was a time when floppy disks, A: Drives, and 1.44MB of storage was all but universal. People enjoyed putting their work on small rectangles, taking pleasure in transporting their valuable data.
But we’ve moved on.
1.44MB is, now, a paltry amount of data. Even games that are “antiquated” by 5 or 10 years still require hundreds more times of storage. Floppy disks now make good Computing 101 teaching tools, impromptu Frisbees, and colored coasters.
But there’s one place that the floppy disk has lived on.
Save icons, in programs from Microsoft Word to Cinema 4D, are commonly represented by a floppy disk. With the rise in popularity of external hard drives and the ubiquitous flash drive, it’s only a matter of time before people start asking “What’s with the square thing?”
To be honest, I don’t know of a great solution for this. A picture of a hard drive seems a little complex, and a flash drive may not represent the universality of saving. While a life preserver would be a unique idea, the novelty of it would wear off after a while. Perhaps a pen writing on paper, or a CD/DVD/disc-type object with a down arrow next to it could be capable substitutes? I’m not sure.
Still, one thing is clear: The floppy disk has only survived due to its association with removable media. Even though it’s only used in icon form, its days are numbered as technology marches unceasingly onward.
Let The Floppy Disk As A Save Icon Die
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