A piece of hardware, such as a DVD drive, into which a storage medium is inserted to be read from or written from.
(they can be: internal, external, or remote.)
means that data can be retrieved directly from any location on the storage medium, in any order.
the data can only be retrieved in the order in which it is physically stored on the medium. (ex. magnetic tape drive.)
A named place on storage medium into which files can be stored to keep the files stored on that medium organized.
disk access time
the time it takes to locate and read data from (or position and write data to) a storage medium.
Hybrid Hard Drive
A hard drive that contains both a large amount of flash memory and magnetic hard disks
A low capacity (typically 650 MB) optical disc that is often used to deliver music software, as well as to store user data.
A medium capacity (typically 4.7 MB or 8.5 MB) optical disc that is often used to deliver software and movies, as well as to store user data.
A high-capacity (typically 25MB or 50 MB) that is often used to deliver high-definition movies, as well as to store user data.
A chip-based storage system that stores data using electrons; used in a variety of storage systems.
Flash Memory Card
A small, rectangular flash memory medium, such as a CompactFlash (CF) or Secure Digital (SD) card; often used with digital cameras and other portable devices.
A storage device that is not directly connected to the computer being used, such as one accessed through a local network or Internet.
Network Attached Storage
(NAS) A high-performance storage device individually connected to a network to provide storage for computers on that network.
Storage area network (SAN)
A network of hard drives or other storage devices that provide storage for another network of computers.
A credit card-sized piece of plastic containing a chip and other circuitry that can store data.
An emerging type of storage technology that uses multiple blue laser beams to store data in three dimensions.
RAID (redundant arrays of independent disks)
A storage method that uses several hard drives working together, typically to increase performance and/or fault-tolerance.