Tandy Floppy Disk

Single Tandy Floppy Disk was the single serving size of floppy

I know most of you are old enough to remember 5 1/4″ floppy disks, but did you know they used to sell them in single packages? The Tandy Floppy Disk above is an example of how they were packaged.

Most commonly, blank disks were sold in packs of 10. They came in cardboard boxes, which could be used to store them. If you bought them in bulk. like I occasionally did, you could order them in 25, 50, or even 100 packs. Back then formatting a blank disk took a minute or two. So you could save money by purchasing them unformatted. However if you wanted to save a little time, but spend a little more, you could pony up for the formatted ones. If you were really crazy and desperate you could buy them without the paper sleeves. But a naked floppy is insanity and if my opinion, not worth saving.

Back before Radio Shack was your home for cellphones, batteries and remote controlled toys, they sold computers and computer accessories. Including blank disks. I found the Tandy Floppy Disk pictured above out in my garage. As you can see it is of a single floppy disk packed in plastic. A single serving size of floppy.

I really do no remember when I picked this up. But, I am imagining a scenario in which someone might need to buy a single floppy disk. Perhaps a businessman on his way to work might remember, “Oh! I forgot! I was supposed to bring a single blank disk to work today!” That lucky fellow could swing his Ford Pinto right into Radio Shack, pick up a Tandy-brand floppy disk, and be on his way in no time. I’m assuming a guy who could only afford to buy one floppy disk at a time might drive a Ford Pinto as well.

What did you need your single Tandy Floppy Disk for? Your Tandy computer, of course.

Enjoy this classic Tandy Computer Commercial

Rob O'Hara

I'm into old video games, old arcade games, old computer games, writing, photography, computer/network security, and of course, the 1980s!

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5 thoughts on “Single Tandy Floppy Disk was the single serving size of floppy

  1. Such a lonely little disk. I often picked up disks one at a time from a friend who would buy a box and then resell them to us when we had money for them. You had to hustle to get them disks.

  2. ddsw says:

    Hell yes! I used to buy these suckers 10 to a pack. I have fond memories of cutting a notch into the edge so I could record on both sides.

  3. Now THAT’s familiar! I don’t think I ever got a single one, but back around 1990 or so I got a tandy color computer 3, and a little later a floppy drive for it. I got a paint prog that was crap, took it back and got the ropgue game on disk, then got a 10 pack of blank disks. The 10 pack came with a plastic case which could hold about 15~20 discs, so I was also able to store my rogue disk in it (and I think I had one more. I think it was a standard tandy blank disk, but that it had come as a freebies with the drive). I played rogue so much that the disk started acting up, so I made a couple backups to use in it’s place, and I had a few disks with little programs I had written myself or typed in from a magazine (remember those?).
    I still have that box with it’s disks in some closet somewhere, along with my coco3, the floppy drive, a joystick, and a few cartridge games. The last I knew they all worked, though I haven’t dug them out in over a decade.

  4. Ah yes, the agonizing joy of typing in a program for 30 minutes or more out of a magazine only to have it not work and having to go back over it line by line to see where you messed up. Good times.

  5. I never bothered typing in any that were more than 20~30 lines at the most (though even that would take half an hour or so, being a hunt-n-pecker), which of course meant that the programs really weren’t worth the effort. You’d spend half an hour just to get something like “hello world”.

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