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Hard Disks

A hard disk contains one or more inflexible, circular platters that use magnetic particles to store data, instructions, and information

Hard disks can store data using longitudinal recording or perpendicular recording

Formatting is the process of dividing the disk into tracks and sectors so that the operating system can store and locate data and information on the disk

A disk controller consists of a special-purpose chip and electronic circuits that control the transfer of data, instructions, and information from a disk to and from the system bus and other components of the computer

Characteristics of a hard disk include

Flash Memory Storage

Flash memory chips are a type of solid state media and contain no moving parts

Solid state drives (SSDs) have several advantages over magnetic hard disks :

USB flash drives plug into a USB port on a computer or mobile device

• An ExpressCard module is a removable device that fits in an ExpressCard slot • Developed by the PCMCIA • Commonly used in notebook computers

USB flash drives plug into a USB port on a computer or mobile device

Cloud Storage

Users subscribe to cloud storage for a variety of reasons

Cloud storage is an Internet service that provides storage to computer users

Optical Discs

An optical disc consists of a flat, round, portable disc made of metal, plastic, and lacquer that is written and read by a laser

Typically store software, data, digital photos, movies, and music

Optical discs commonly store items in a single track that spirals from the center of the disc to the edge

Track is divided into evenly sized sectors

Other Types of Storage

Tape is a magnetically coated ribbon of plastic capable of storing large amounts of data and information

A magnetic stripe card contains a magnetic stripe that stores information

A smart card stores data on a thin microprocessor embedded in the card

Microfilm and microfiche store microscopic images of documents on a roll or sheet flim

Enterprise storage stores huge volumes of data and information for large businesses