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4 Storage Formats That Didn’t Survive

We mine the relics of technological evolution

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Sega DreamcastTechnology has come a long way from the massive, room-sized computers of the 1960s.

Not every development turns out to be a winner, though. Consumers are treated to some creative failures as a natural part of technology’s evolution. Sometimes, a new piece of tech is too far behind the times to sell; other times, it’s too far ahead to catch on (R.I.P., Sega Dreamcast).

Storage formats are particularly susceptible to this change. As technology becomes more powerful, they require new innovations to take advantage of improved capabilities. Remember the floppy disk — or better yet, punch cards? They served their purpose at the time, but as technology evolved, new storage formats popped up to take their places.

Here are four storage formats that never quite took off:

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