What Does Virtual Floppy Disk Mean?
A virtual floppy disk is a virtual alternative to a traditional floppy disk and exists as a file rather than a physical disk. A virtual floppy disk behaves like a traditional floppy, except that file contents are stored as a disk image on the hard drive. It is created by copying a physical floppy disk to an image file.
The OS may recognize a virtual drive as a physical drive. The image substituted for the actual physical drive is created by using disk emulating software. However, a virtual drive may emulate any type of physical drive, including a floppy drive, hard drive, tape drive or optical CD/DVD/BD/HD DVD drives, among others. It may be created in RAM or on a hard drive.
This term is also known as a virtual drive or a RAM drive when created in RAM.