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(From "floppy disk" and "optical") A floppy disk which uses an optical tracking mechanism to improve the positioning accuracy of an ordinary magnetic head, thereby allowing more tracks and greater density.

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(FLoppy OPTICAL) An earlier type of floppy disk that stored 21MB and used optical alignment and magnetic recording. Introduced in 1989 by Insite Peripherals of San Jose, it did not become popular, because it did not offer enough increase in storage capacity. Similar technology was used in the LS-120 drive introduced in 1996 with 120MB capacity. See LS-120.
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Lastly, Floptical drives are handy and flexible--they read both Floptical and traditional floppy disks.
The Floptical disk can store fourteen times more data than the familiar 1.44MB floppy.
A salient strength of the Floptical format is that users can continue to access and change data stored on their older diskettes.
Procom Technology (Costa Mesa, California) now has three SCSI host adapters that support Floptical disk drives: the 8-bit CC-8 Enabler with a 3MB per second transfer rate listed at $100; the 16-bit CC-16 Enabler at $349; and the MC Enabler for IBM's PS/2 Micro Channel, also $349.
By using this new technology we decrease the cost and increase the reliability and performance of our products." These host adapters include peripheral support for Floptical disc drives, standard floppy drives, fixed discs, removable discs and tape drives.
BaFe technology is also crucial to the even more unknown Floptical drive.
Floptical media holds 20.8MB per 3.5" disk and the drives boast an average access time of 80 ms.
* Series of 600MB subsystems (rewritable) (Mac, DOS, 0S/2, Unix, DEC, Amiga, Sun) VHD & FLOPTICAL DRIVES Prima Storage Solutions * PDQ Floptical drive Procom Technology, Inc.
ISA-supported peripherals include Floptical disk drives, standard floppy drives, SCSI fixed disks, removable disks and tape drives.
The addition of Floptical disk support to the All-In-One kit provides users with a complete package for a wide variety of users on a variety of platforms.
Rancho has a complete line of Floptical Disk Subsystems.
Available software support includes low level formatting and partitioning utilities from Ontrack and Golden Bow, Optical support for WORM type drives and magneto optical drives from Optisys, a linkable driver for Novell Netware from Ontrack, tape drive support from both Rancho Technology and Sytron, CD-ROM support from RTI and Floptical drive support from Insite Peripherals.