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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.
Other peripherals, such as hard disk, tape, magneto optical, WORM and Floptical drives, are also supported.
Floptical disks, under development by Insite Peripherals, will combine the magnetic attributes of floppy disks with optical disc technology.
These host adapters include peripheral support for Floptical disc drives, standard floppy drives, fixed discs, removable discs and tape drives.
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ISA-supported peripherals include Floptical disk drives, standard floppy drives, SCSI fixed disks, removable disks and tape drives.
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.